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Katy ISD athletes among top seeds for state meet

May 9, 2019

Katy ISD will be represented in 22 events at the UIL state track and field championships, May 10-11 at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Included are a few of the top seeds in Class 6A, as well as Paetow’s first two state qualifiers.

Pre-meet state rankings are based on regional times and marks, some suggesting KISD will have numerous athletes in the mix for gold medals.

Katy Taylor sophomore Bryce Foster could bring home two medals if he matches his regional performance. He is ranked No. 1 in the shot put after throwing 63 feet, 0.25 inches for the Region III-6A championship April 26-27 at Challenger Columbia Stadium.

Foster is also ranked No. 3 in the discus after throwing 185-3 at regionals. He looks to continue Taylor’s success in the power events, highlighted by Otito Ogbonnia’s sweep of state gold medals last year.

Seven Lakes’ senior and Texas A&M signee Kyle Stulce returns to state in the shot put, ranked No. 3 going in with a 61-2 at regionals.

Fellow Spartan and future Aggie Lance Broome qualified in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. A key member of Seven Lakes’ standout relays last year, Broome holds the state’s No. 2 time in the 100 at 10.27, only behind a national record.

Cinco Ranch junior Michelle Graham advanced to state in the long jump and triple jump, in which she ranks No. 2 after a regional 41-1.75.

Fellow Cougars junior Daniella Munoz is tied for the No. 3 mark in the high jump after clearing 5-7 at regionals.

Tompkins junior Clayton Keys advanced to state in the 300-meter hurdles and long jump. He leaped 24-9 in the latter to earn a No. 2 ranking.

Fellow Falcon Cole Lindhorst returns to state in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run.

The Cinco Ranch distance duo of Heidi Nielson and Sophie Atkinson will run the mile and two-mile together once again at state.

Nielson came home with two medals last year, earning silver in the 3,200 and bronze in the 1,600. Atkinson will attempt a rare triple in Austin, qualifying in the 800 as well.

Tompkins senior Zoe Shaklin made the most of her final track postseason, advancing to state for the first time in the discus and shot put.

First-time qualifiers from KISD include Morton Ranch sprinter Telrod Bradford in the 400 and Cinco Ranch’s Ben Conacher in the pole vault.

Tumi Onaleye (triple jump) and Johnathan Baker (long jump) continue to put Paetow track and field on the map.

One week after being part of the Panthers’ first regional class, the duo advanced to state from Region III-5A competition in League City. Onaleye’s 39-1.25 ranks third in the state.

KATY ISD STATE QUALIFIERS

CLASS 6A

GIRLS

Sophie Atkinson, Cinco Ranch, 3200, 10:40; 800, 2:15.36; 1600, 5:02.42

Michelle Graham, Cinco Ranch, long jump, 19-0.75; triple jump, 41-1.75

Daniella Munoz, Cinco Ranch, high jump, 5-7

Heidi Nielson, Cinco Ranch, 3200, 10:30.43; 1600, 4:55.51

Zoe Shanklin, Tompkins, discus, 143-5; shot put, 42-11.5

BOYS

Telron Bradford, Morton Ranch, 400, 48.03

Lance Broome, Seven Lakes, 100, 10.27; 200, 21.30

Ben Conacher, Cinco Ranch, pole vault, 15-3

Bryce Foster, Katy Taylor, discus, 185-3; shot put, 63-0.25

Clayton Keys, Tompkins, 300 hurdles, 37.75; long jump, 24-9

Cole Lindhorst, Tompkins, 3200, 9:13.32; 1600, 4:13.24

Kyle Stulce, Seven Lakes, shot put, 61-2

CLASS 5A

GIRLS

Tumi Onaleye, Paetow, triple jump, 39-1.25

BOYS

Johnathan Baker, Paetow, long jump, 23-2.25