Brown County and District 6-3A rivals Early and Bangs will attempt to secure representation into the UIL Class 3A track and field state meet during Friday and Saturday’s Region I-3A event at Abilene Christian University.
Early will have a total of 13 entrants competing in Abilene — eight on the girls side and five on the boys.
Lady Horns qualifying for regionals include area champions Trinity Tomlinson in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.37) and high jump (5-4), Ellie Ryan in the discus (108-0.5), Jensen Hutchins in the 100 meters (12.5), the 4x100 relay (50.25) and the 4x200 relay (1:48.03).
Haley Spieckerman was the runner-up in the long jump (16-2.25), while Emily Jillson came third in the triple jump (34-3.75).
The Longhorns are sending five to regionals — Ryan Hill, who won the 800 meters (2:02.8); the area champion 4x400 relay team (3:30.44); Jeramiah Fowler was the runner-up in the 3200 meters (11:06.44); the 4x100 relay came in third (44.95); and a fourth-place effort belonged to David Shields in the 110-meter hurdles (16.1).
For Bangs, the Dragons will be represented by five entrants — area runners-up Colton Brewer in the triple jump (42-3.25) and the 4x100 relay team (43.9), along with fourth-place performers Colton Martin in the 200 meters (23:31), Dawson Light in the 300-meter hurdles (42.35) and the 4x200 relay team (1:34.09).
Advancing to regionals for the Lady Dragons were Kayleah Hall, who was second in the 800 meters (2:32.55); Skylar Hutchins, who was third in both the 100 meters (12.99) and 200 meters (27.25); and the 4x400 relay team (4:20.32), which came in fourth.
On Friday, the 3200 meter runs begin at 10 a.m., along with the boys long jump and girls shot put and pole vault. At noon, the girls long jump and boys shot put will take place, with the boys pole vault set for a 1 p.m. start. Running prelims then begin at 2 p.m.
In Saturday action, the girls discus and high jump and boys triple jump are slated for 10 a.m., with the boys discus and high jump and girls triple jump to follow at noon. The running finals will begin at 2 p.m.
The top two finishers in each event advance to state, and the best third-place performer among the four regions earns a wild card berth to Austin. The state meet will take place May 11-12 at the University of Texas’ Myers Stadium.