Richburg, Lowry, Roscoe girls relay going to Austin, and others could join them
SAN ANGELO — At least six local athletes will go to the UIL state meet at the University of Texas in less than two weeks. At least two athletes will compete individually — Highland’s Beth Richburg in the girls 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and Matthew Lowry of Blackwell in the boys high jump. Lowry and Richburg will be joined by the Roscoe girls’ mile relay foursome of Whitney Wil-liams, Lyndi Wilkinson, Sunshine Talamantez and Eva Aguayo, which qualified with a second-place regional time of 4:18.85. Saturday was a repeat performance for Richburg and Lowry, who also qualified for state in their events a year ago. On Saturday, Richburg won the 100 hur-dles in 15.54 seconds and placed second at regionals in the 300 hurdles (50.10), one spot ahead of teammate Hannah Allen, who placed third in 50.66 seconds. Also placing third was Highland’s mile relay made up of Hannah Allen, Madi-son Moseley, Richburg and Sierra Allen, Hannah’s older sister. They had a regional time of 4:22.58. The best third-place regional finisher in the state also advances as a wild card. Lowry, who went to state as a wild card entry in 2013, won the boys long jump with a leap of 6-4.Richburg took second place in the 100 hurdles to win a silver medal at last year’s state meet and placed fourth in the 300 hurdles, and Lowry was fourth in the high jump. If Highland’s mile relay gets a wild card invitation, Richburg would qualify in the same three events she qualified in last year; Highland’s relay was sixth at state in 2013. The other possible wild card en-tries are Blackwell’s Jayden Jones, the defending state champion in the pole vault, who was third at regionals with a leap of 13-6; Roscoe’s Jesus Leanos, who was third in the boys 1600 (4:55.22) and hopes to add a state medal to the one he got for placing third in the 3200-meter run in 2013 as a wild card; the Roscoe girls 800 relay of Williams, Wilkinson, Talamantez and Aguayo, which was third at regionals with a time of 1:51.76; and the Roscoe boys mile relay of Kevin Lavalais, Braiden Moore, Max Nemir and Shelton Toliver, which was third at regionals with a time of 3:33.24.Placing fourth at the Reg-ion II-1A, Division II meet for Roscoe were Leanos in the boys 3200 (10:50.18), Lavalais in the 400 dash (52.34) and Nemir in the 300 hurdles (42.97), while the boys 400 relay was fifth (44.73). For the Roscoe girls, the 400 relay was also fifth (52.90). Hannah Allen was fourth for the Highland girls in the 100 hurdles (17.04). Highland and Roscoe placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the girls standings. Lowry was fourth for Blackwell in the boys 110 hurdles (16.53) while teammate Mason Magness was fourth in the boys triple jump (42-3 1/4), and fifth in the long jump (20-8 1/2). Roscoe was fifth and Blackwell ninth in the boys team standings.