Blackwell will send at least 4 to UIL meet

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

SAN ANGELO — As the only Nolan County school to qualify anyone for this year’s UIL track and field meet, Blackwell will be very well represented.
At least four athletes are making the trip to Austin. And Blackwell has a shot at sending two others as wild card entries after they earned regional third-place finishes.
Kiley Cummings won a pair of events — the girls triple jump and 400-meter dash — on Saturday at the Region II-1A meet and finished second in the 800-meter run to earn a third state berth. She also placed fifth in the long jump and anchored a leg on the fourth-place mile relay, giving her 32 of the Lady Hornets’ 54 points as a team.
A freshman making her first trip to the state meet, Cummings ran the 400 in 1:00.48 and triple jumped 35-3 1/2, and ran the 800 in 2:29.66.
Jordan Jones, a sophomore, earned her second trip to state in the girls pole vault as she placed second with a leap of 9 feet, 3 inches. Her height was matched by Payton Hastings of Garden City, but Jones had fewer misses as she became the only Blackwell qualifier who also went to state in 2017.
Another freshman, Darrian Kenney, could be the Lady Hornets’ third representative. She placed third in the high jump (4-10).
Blackwell’s Hunter Clark and Brandon Brinkman are the boys members who are going to Austin as they were 1-2 in the 110 hurdles. Clark was timed in 15.96 seconds and Brinkman in 16.12 as he beat Garden City’s Cesar Chavez by .01 of a second. Clark is a senior and Brinkman a sophomore.
Brinkman was third in the 300 hurdles (41.31) and could go as a wild card entry if he has the best third-place time in the state. Also getting points for the boys was Peyton Hinckley, fifth in the high jump (5-8).
Blackwell’s fourth-place girls 1600 relay had a time of 4:21.50 and in addition to Cummings included Cirstyn Gober, Madison Solis and Vickie Davis. The 800 relay of Solis, Davis, Carli Powers and Jadyn Feitshans placed sixth (1:52.44).
Zoe Cornett got points for the Highland girls by placing fifth in the 800 run with a time of 2:39.23.
The Class 1A state meet is May 11-12.

Pictured is Blackwell's Kiley Cummings.
Photo by Ron Howell