Thompson, Pleasanton dazzle in home meet


Pleasanton senior Ashon Thompson leaves the competition in the dust during the 100-meter dash. Thompson ran a 10.61 to win the event and also anchored Pleasanton’s first place finishes in the 400- and 800-meter relays. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton senior Ashon Thompson leaves the competition in the dust during the 100-meter dash. Thompson ran a 10.61 to win the event and also anchored Pleasanton’s first place finishes in the 400- and 800-meter relays. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Senior sprinter Ashon Thompson and both the Pleasanton Eagle and Lady Eagle track teams dazzled in their home meet on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The Eagles (188 points) and Lady Eagles (239 points) won the meet overall. Jourdanton was the only other local team competing in the meet. Their girls finished third and the boys finished fourth.

Thompson headlined Pleasanton’s stellar performance with a first place finish in the 100-meter dash and a time of 10.61. Thompson also anchored the Eagles’ 400- and 800-meter relay teams to first place finishes. The Eagles ran a 46.18 in the 400-meter relay and a 1:35.68 in the 800.

Pleasanton completed the relay sweep in the mile relay with the team of Phillip Sosa, Aaron Alvarado, Sean Ramos and Jayden Palacios turning in a time of 3:50.05.

Jaythan Martinez, of Pleasanton, won shotput with a throw of 37 feet, eight inches. Isaac Paredes (33-5.5) and Juan Lerma (33-5), of Jourdanton, finished second and third respectively.

Justin Veale clears a hurdle during the 110-meter hurdle event at the Pleasanton track meet on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Veale finished in second place. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Justin Veale clears a hurdle during the 110-meter hurdle event at the Pleasanton track meet on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Veale finished in second place. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

In total, the Eagles medaled 16 times in the meet to beat out second place Hondo.

The Lady Eagles had a dominant night headlined by sweeps in the 200-, 800- and 1600-meter runs. They racked up a grand total of 24 medals.

Caitlyn Nieschwitz (5:53.56), Kassidy Vickers (5:55.40) and Lindsey Klein (6:07.38) took the top three spots for the Lady Eagles in the 1600. Nieschwitz also won the 800 with a time of 2:35.55, followed by Klein (2:40.31) and Kara Hinojosa (2:46.02) in second and third place.

Vickers turned in a time of 13:24.03 to win the 3200 to start the day. Fe Vielma (14:30.55) finished third for Pleasanton in the same event.

M’Lynn Griego, of Jourdanton, won the pole vault with a jump of 7-6. Ally Foster cleared 4-6 on high jump to win second place in the event.

Jourdanton also finished third in the 400- and 800-meter relays.

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