AUSTIN – The Whitesboro Bearcats were ready to compete for a Class 3A state championship and they found themselves going home with some hardware even though they came up short of their ultimate goal.
Led by Noah Greisen’s silver medal in the 200 meter dash and combined with a bronze medal in the 800 relay, Whitesboro captured third place in the team standings on Friday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
“We all ran our hearts out. Every single one of us gave everything we had and that’s all I can ask of my team,” senior Bradley Klingler said. “It was big for us to go district champs, area champs, region champs and then have a chance at the biggest one of all.”
The Bearcats totaled 33 points, behind only state champion Yoakum, which put up 60 points, and McGregor, which took second at 42 points. Whitesboro, which edged out Sonora for the bronze by two points, also had a chance at a medal in the 400 relay but placed fourth.
“Right after that race we knew we had to get on the podium,” senior Brent Riddle said. “That was the whole mindset.”
Greisen capped the team’s entries with his runner-up finish in the 200 at 21.85 seconds.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “To have the opportunity to come down here and do this in front of all these people is incredible.”
He crossed the line just ahead of Ponder’s Rylan Waldo, who earned bronze at 21.88 seconds. Crockett’s Joseph Porter won in 21.74 seconds.
“I thought it was going to be tough but based on the times I was in the middle of it,” the junior speedster said. “I thought I could go get him. I gave it all I had.”
Greisen had a quick turnaround after being a part of the bronze-winning 800 relay. He teamed with senior Weston Hickman, Klingler and Riddle to get third in a down-to-the fire finish.
“Initially I thought we got fourth,” Riddle said.
The Bearcats got on the podium in 1:28.31, which was just behind Dallas Madison’s 1:28.22 for silver and just in front of East Bernard’s fourth-place time of 1:28.38. McGregor won gold at 1:27.91.
The 400 relay team of Scout Sanders, Greisen, Hickman and Riddle just missed opening the running events with a medal as it placed fourth in 42.47 seconds.
McGregor won the gold at 42.15 seconds, Dallas Life Oak Cliff was the runner-up in 42.20 and Yoakum edged the Bearcats for the final spot on the podium with a bronze effort of 42.34 seconds.
“I think the 4x100 race really fired us up,” Klingler said. “It’s state and you have to run your heart out.”
Whitesboro was just in front of Sunnyvale, which took fifth in 42.51 seconds.
Hickman almost earned a second medal on the night, coming close with a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles. His time of 39.54 seconds just missed the podium behind Santa Rosa’s Alex Ayala, who earned bronze at 39.40 seconds. Woodville’s Tony Land won gold in 38.87 seconds.
Junior Michael Urbina picked up a point in the 3,200 with a sixth-place finish in a time of 9:48.81. It is his second straight sixth-place finish in the event.
At the midway point, Urbina was in second after the fourth and fifth laps and was third going to the final trip around the track. Luling’s Buster Roberts won in 9:41.96.
Senior Dustin White placed eighth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:00.88. He was in sixth place after the first lap. Pilot Point’s Adam Mendoza won the gold for the second straight year in 1:56.23.
Junior Tanner Young finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 147 feet, nine inches. Young’s best attempt came on his fourth throw and he had one other cross 140 feet. He was in sixth place with two throws remaining. Schulenburg’s Cason Brown won with a throw of 183 feet, five inches.