Robert E. Lee, John Tyler athletes eyeing state berths at Class 6A Region II track & field meet

Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017 23:57 - Written by Travis Yoesting, tyoesting@tylerpaper.com

Robert E. Lee and John Tyler athletes are a couple steps away from state.

The Red Raiders and Lions will compete in the Class 6A Region II track and field meet at Baylor’s Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

Prelims will be Friday with finals on Saturday. The top two in each event advance to the state meet in Austin.

Ke’Tavion Humber is one of John Tyler’s top hopes to reach state. The junior is running the 110- and 300-meter hurdles races.

Humber reached regionals in the 110 the last two seasons but his best chance to reach state this year might be in the 300. While Humber previously favored the 110, he said he no longer has a favorite and has aspirations to make it to state in both.

That said, for Humber, the 300 is a different beast.

“That’s where the heart comes out,” Humber said.

The Lions will need plenty of heart in their other events. The 4x100 relay team of Caleb McMiller, Jerry Young, Michael Givens-Washington and Kitan Crawford will hope to make it to the finals after qualifying with a time of 41.79 seconds.

“They’re a good group of kids,” JT track coach Torey Elder said of the relay team. “I’m pretty proud of what they’ve done so far.”

Currently the top two times in the region belong to Conroe Oak Ridge (40.69) and Mesquite Horn (41.02), with 41.60 or better likely required to get past prelims.

Young also has a chance to progress to state in triple jump. Young’s leap of 44 feet, 10 inches at the District 11-6A meet may need to improve to more than 47 feet to finish in the top two.

“It’s going to be real tough,” Elder said. “Hopefully with the right conditions he can do well.”

Robert E. Lee pole vaulter Branson Ellis eyes another trip to state, but first needs to negotiate regionals.

His 16-0 vault in the District 11/12-6A area meet beat everybody by a foot and a half. That is also tied for the top vault in 6A with Jacob Adair of Richmond George Ranch, who is in Region III, so Ellis would not see him until Austin.

Lee senior Mary Claire Neal is competing in the 800-meter run for the first time at regionals after she qualified in fourth spot at area.

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Chris Parry contributed to this report.