POTH — Jourdanton and Poteet’s track teams had similar days at the 27/28-3A area meet at Jack Lane Field on Wednesday, April 14.
The Jourdanton Indians placed 11th with 24 total points while Poteet finished the meet 12th with 23 total points. The Squaws finished 10th with 19 points while the Lady Aggies were 13th with eight points.
Jourdanton is sending four athletes in five different events to the regional meet. The Aggies have three going in three events.
Schuchart advancing in three events
Jourdanton’s Colton Schuchart was a top scorer at the tournament for area athletes. He will compete at the regional meet in three total events.
The senior won high jump, placed second in triple jump and advanced to regionals in high jump with a fourth place finish.
Schuchart opened the day by winning the long jump title with a jump of 21-feet-0.5-inches.
“It’s a great feeling. It’s a feeling like no other,” Schuchart said. “Being able to come out here and jump that distance, it’s awesome.”
The four-sport athlete had a jump of 42-7.25 to take the silver medal in the triple jump. He would also finish fourth in high jump thanks to a jump of 5-11.
All the while, Schuchart had to deal with a sore groin after pitching in Jourdanton’s baseball game the night before. Though it hurt, he didn’t make excuses.
“You just can’t focus on the pain,” Schuchart said. “You’ve gotta focus on the ultimate goal and that’s obviously moving on to the next level.”
Gonzales wins high jump
Poteet senior Noah Gonzales followed his district high jump championship with an area win after outlasting Dilley’s Cristian Aranda by one inch.
Gonzales jumped 6-feet to take the crown on Wednesday. Two years after getting to area as a freshman, the senior hopes he can make it past regionals to state.
“It felt really good. I set a goal, wanted to get first,” Gonzales said. “I came to area as a freshman and didn’t stand a chance. I came back as a senior and got first. It feels great.”
Gonzales was able to try his hand at a new personal record with attempts at 6-3. Though he failed to clear that height at area, he feels confident about clearing the mark at the regional meet.
Clearing that mark would give him a reasonable chance at making state. The opening height at the 2019 state meet was 6-2.
“It makes [my drive] so much higher,” Gonzales said. “Getting the chance to jump 6-3 is mind-blowing to me. Now the fact that I know I’m this far from it, man, I’ve gotta get it at regionals.”
Poteet Head Coach Martin Alvarez was proud to see Gonzales claim another gold medal.
“He’s always been very self-driven,” Alvarez said. “Seeing him and the work he’s put in this season, having half a season last year with big expectations … just to get to regionals is a big deal for him.”
Hurdlers turn in PRs to finish second
A pair of Atascosa County hurdlers posted personal bests to qualify for next week’s regional meet.
Jourdanton’s McKinley West ran a career-low time of 16.94 to bring home the silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles. West admitted she was shocked when she found out she finished second.
She edged out Edna’s Ariana Tupa by 19-hundredths of a second.
“Honestly, because it was such a close race, I was really excited to finish second,” West said.
The new PR for the sophomore gives her plenty of confidence before going to Converse next week.
“I just hope I practice well this week and I’m ready for another PR,” West said.
Poteet’s Jasmine Hill continued the family legacy with her PR of 49.16 in the 300 hurdles, which edged out Lytle’s Calyssa Sevier by eight-hundredths of a second.
Hill’s older brother, Josh, qualified for the regional meet in 2018 while he was a junior for the Aggies. He was in the crowd to support his sister.
“It makes me really happy. I’m really happy my brother was cheering me on the whole way,” Hill said. “So, it’s really good to know I’m carrying on our hurdling Hill name.”
Hill knew she would have to shave seconds off of her qualifying time of 50.61 at the district meet two weeks ago. That was two seconds behind Sevier, who finished second in district.
“I knew I would have to cut off time from before,” Hill said. “I cut off [nearly] two or three seconds, which is really good. I worked really hard to get where I am right now. And I knew it was going to be tough [at area], so I had to make my practices even tougher.”
Hill’s performance gave Lady Aggie Head Coach Chloe Garza goosebumps. Garza was simply proud to see the hard work pay off.
“It was huge. I had chills,” Garza said. “She came off [the track] and I was freaking out because we’ve been working on going all out. A lot of what we were working on was that she was pacing herself. I was trying to get her out of her comfort zone and she did just that.”
Dorroh on to regionals in just her second varsity meet
Jourdanton junior Emma Dorroh is heading to the regional meet despite competing in just her second varsity meet.
Dorroh jumped 32-6.75 to finish fifth in triple jump behind Edna’s Shelby Keith. However, Edna opted to withdraw Keith from the regional meet, meaning Dorroh will take her spot next week.
“I got really excited,” Dorroh said of the moment she found out she advanced. “I like to push myself and see how far I can go. If I would’ve started track earlier, who knows my full potential and what I could’ve done. But, at this point, I’m just trying my best and seeing how far I can go.”
She was asked to come out for track ahead of the district meet because Jourdanton needed an athlete. Dorroh, who plays basketball, softball and volleyball, fit that bill.
“Emma’s just an athlete,” said coach Ariana Foster, who coached Dorroh in basketball and recruited her to track. “She’s physically and mentally tough. Anything you tell her to do, she’s going to do it and never ask questions. She’s always going to give it her all.”
The Region IV-3A meet is scheduled for April 23-24 at Judson’s Rutledge Stadium.
Pole Vault: M’Lynn Griego (Jourdanton)
Triple Jump: Emma Dorroh (Jourdanton)
100 Hurdles: McKinley West (Jourdanton)
300 Hurdles: Jasmine Hill (Poteet)
Long Jump: Colton Schuchart (Jourdanton)
Triple Jump: Colton Schuchart (Jourdanton)
High Jump: Noah Gonzales (Poteet), Colton Schuchart (Jourdanton)
400m: Patrick Taylor (Poteet)