Prosper's Aubrey O’Connell headed to UIL State Track for 3 events, Kayla Lewis, Gavin Hecke to represent Rock Hill

By Rick Bailey
For the Prosper Press

The Prosper Eagles track squad led by junior Aubrey O’Connell picked up three second place finishes and set two personal best records Saturday, April 24 at the Class 6A Region 1 Regional track meet at University of Texas at Arlington in three events (800 meters, 1600 meters and 3200 meters). O’Connell scored 32 points as The Lady Eagles finished in seventh place at the area meet. 

Emily Kern, Kate Blachowski and Kayla Watson all pitched in with points at the regional meet. Jaxon Lanz represented the boy’s track team at regionals as well. 

Aubrey O’Connell will be competing at the UIL State Meet in Austin on May 6-8. Class 6A will hold its events on Saturday, May 8.  O’Connell will begin the day at 9:30 a.m. in the 3200 meter event, followed by the 800 meters at 5:20 p.m. and ending her day running the 1600 meter event at 7:50 p.m. 

Women’s Regional Results (Prosper): State Meet Qualifier

Women’s 800 Meter - Aubrey O’Connell 2:08.74 (2nd); Women’s 1600 Meter - Aubrey O’Connell 4:49.09 (2nd - personal record); Women’s 3200 Meter - Aubrey O’Connell 10:24.30 (2nd - personal record); Women’s 400 Meter - Emily Kern 59.54 (5th); Women’s Pole Vault - Kate Blachowski 11-00.00 (5th); Women’s Long Jump - Kayla Watson 18-05.50 (3rd - personal record).

Men’s Regional Results (Prosper): State Meet Qualifier

Men’s 200 Meter - Jaxon Lanz: 22.35 (9th). 

Rock Hill Regional Results: 

UTA Arlington - Rock Hill Blue Hawks track and field continued to perform at a high level and are sending two team members to the UIL State Track Meet in Austin on May 6-8 at the University of Texas. Class 5A will be competing on Friday, May 7 beginning at 9 a.m. 

Kyla Lewis qualified in the 400 meters after taking a third place spot and the ninth fastest time in the state regional meets to earn the trip. Lewis will be competing at 7 p.m. on May 7. The girl’s track team scored 22 points at the regional meet. 

Gavin Hecke qualified for the trip to Austin as he set a personal record by vaulting 15-00.00 at UT Arlington in the Class 4A Region II meet as he won the event. Hecke will jump at the state meet at 1 pm. on May 7. The boy’s track team scored 10 points at the regional meet. 

Women’s Regional Results (Rock Hill): State Meet Qualifier

Women’s 400 Meters - Kyla Lewis 57.53 (3rd); Women’s 1600 Meters - Alexis Svoboda 5:11.44 (4th); Women’s 3200 Meters - Kirstin Towle 11:07.80 (4th) and Alexis Svoboda 11:19.33 (4th); Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay - Rock Hill 4:16.66 (8th) (Jourdin Edwards, Shiloh Brooks, Veronica Cully and Kyla Lewis). 

Men’s Regional Results (Rock Hill): State Meet Qualifier

Men’s 400 Meter - Haftom Foutz 52.45 (7th); Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles - Steven Woody 15.63 (9th); Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay - Rock Hill 3:27.98 (7th) (Amar Williams, Aiden Houston, Parker Sines and Haftom Foutz); Men’s Pole Vault - Gavin Hecke 15-00.00 (1st - personal record).