Crossroads area athletes fared well in University Interscholastic League state competition over the weekend.
Big Spring High School’s Bridgette Tuitt took home gold in the Class 3A girls long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 6 3/4 inches. Teammate Desiree Anderson placed second in the event for a silver medal. She soared 18-3 1/2. Tuitt also finished fourth in the 200 meters (24.84) and eighth in the triple jump (35-03). Anderson was ninth in the 100 meters (12.38).
The Lady Steers’ nemisis in the meet was Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, which narrowly edged out Big Spring in the relay events. In the 400 relay, Big Spring ran a time of 47.56, just off the pace of Texarkana’s 47.11. The story was the same in the 800 relay. Big Spring ran a 1:39.35, just .35 of a second behind Texarkana’s 1:39.0.
Steer classmate Mike Menefield didn’t get the state championship repeat he had hoped for in the boys long jump but did win another medal — second place, in fact — with an effort of 24-feet, 1-1/4 inches. He also placed third in the triple jump (47-05).
Forsan junior Ty Johnson placed fifth in both the 100 meter dash (10.99) and 200 meter dash (22.25). Johnson would appear to have a lot to look forward to as his 100-meter time was not far off the pace of winner Devin Parks of Edna who eclipsed the distance in 10.68 seconds. Johnson, Brendan Roman, Elgen Suazo and Kolten Self. Self is the lone senior on the relay.
Garden City’s Kamie Halfmann and Big Spring’s Anderson have something they’ll eventually enjoy telling family and friends. Both were the first students in their schools to place ninth at the state meet — at least in modern day track and field. That’s because prior to this year, only eight finalists were accepted in any event. The UIL allowed nine this year. While Anderson raced into the history books in the 100 meters, Halfmann went a slower route — the 3,200-meter run. She ran a 12:36.11.
Adam Montez of Stanton medaled in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.46.