Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX


April 9, 2014

Cleburne enters district track and field meet with high hopes

BURLESON — The District 8-4A track and field meet begins today at BISD Stadium in Burleson, and the Cleburne Yellow Jackets enter the competition with high expectations.

The Cleburne boys team finished in third place last year, but the Jackets head into the meet this year with a first-place finish in mind.

“Our expectations this year as a team are to win a district title,” Cleburne Coach Jason Payne said. “It’s what we have expressed to our kids from the start. I think that since we have more numbers out this year, we can battle for one. We have 48 student-athletes at the district meet between varsity and JV, which is a little different than last year because we will have participants in every event. And in the majority of events, we will have the max in each event. Our staff feels good about either medaling our obtaining points in every event our kids are in.”

Payne said he has high expectations for a number of his athletes, including Tevin Boone, Reggie Robinson II, Luis Suaste, Cannon Martyniuk and Al Baylor, among others.

Robinson has ran well in the 100- and 200-meter dashes throughout the year. Boone is in the top 10 in the region in the shot put and discus throws. Suaste has personal bests already this year in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. Martyniuk’s best high jump this year is 6 feet, 2 inches, which has maintained third best this year out of district competitors.

Payne added that TreVon Bradley and Johnny Juarez have potential to battle for medals in the 300-meter hurdles, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays should be tight for a medal spot. Baylor and Robinson’s best long jumps this year of 21 feet, 1 inch would be top 3 finishes if those numbers remain.

Keyber Majano will be competing in the 100- and 400-meter dash and the shot put in the wheel chair division.

“This is something new to the UIL,” Payne said. “He will have this opportunity to better his time from our meet and solidify his chance to compete in the state track meet in Austin.

“We are all excited about our kids this year in the district meet. They have worked very hard to get to this point in the season.”

On the girls’ side, Cleburne Coach Sara Bell said the Lady Jackets are hoping for a solid showing, as well.

“I am excited for the district track meet,” she said. “The girls have been training really hard and we are anxious to compete. I expect that we will do very well. Several of our athletes have hit personal records this year and we are looking for them to advance to area next week.”

Brianna Reband and Jazlin Jones are expected to do well in the high jump. Skaila White has competed well in the 100-meter dash and long and triple jumps. Taya Berry hopes to do well in the 800-meter dash. Sierra Drake has high expectations in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

In the shot put and discus throws, Whitney Morgan and Hannah Lisenbe are expected to do well, Bell said.

Similarly to the boys, the girls 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams have high hopes for a top-3 finish.

The field events begin at 10 a.m. today and the running prelims begin at 2 p.m. On Thursday, field events are scheduled to begin at noon and running finals are set for 4 p.m.


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