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Strake Jesuit, Wheatley sprint to state gold

May 13, 2019

Strake Jesuit saw its team state championship hopes plummet early in the meet May 10-11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The Crusaders were disqualified for a zone violation in the 400-meter relay.

But they did not let it ruin the rest of the meet, finishing as 6A runner-up by only two points after a victory in the final race, the 1,600-meter relay.

Jack Pittenger, Malik Campbell, Job Trahan and Matthew Boling clocked a championship time of three minutes, 10.56 seconds for the gold medal. Boling completed his spectacular day by overtaking DeSoto’s anchor leg despite a sizeable gap.

Boling made his mark in Austin once again, six weeks after starring at the Texas Relays at the same site. He leaped 25 feet, 4.5 inches to win the long jump by 16.75 inches, passing on his final four attempts to rest his legs.

The senior was even better in the 100-meter dash. Two weeks after a wind-aided 9.98, Boling set a national high school record with a wind-legal 10.13. The record of 10.15, by Greenville’s Henry Neal, stood for 29 years.

“Honestly, when I looked at the race before us and saw that the wind was 1.3, I was like ‘oh, I’m excited,’” Boling said. “Because after last week, everyone was like ‘oh, the wind wasn’t legal’ and stuff like that. So I was like ‘all right, I’ll just drop a fast time today.’”

Houston ISD produced its own state champion as Wheatley junior Robert Gregory won the 4A 200-meter dash. He clocked a 21.12 to win by .36 seconds.

Gregory also anchored the Wildcats’ 800-meter relay with Gervon Livingston, Michael Buchanan and Trevon Neal. The quartet finished fifth in 1:28.05.

Sterling sophomore Trey Thomas took third in the 5A long jump at 23-11.25. His journey to state was remarkable, as a car accident sent him to the hospital prior to the area meet, in which he was still able to compete the following day.

Lamar baseball rallies past Katy

The Lamar baseball team saw a game-tying single snatched away by a diving catch in game one, falling 7-6 to begin their area playoff series with Katy.

But the Texans answered with 10-0 and 6-2 victories to advance to the Region III-6A quarterfinals against Memorial.

Cole Vessels hurled a one-hit shutout in game two, backed by two hits apiece from Brandan Cumming, Drew Woodcox, Alexander Lopez and Cameron Meisenbach, who combined for six runs and six RBIs. Cyrus Twaddle added an RBI double as the Texans forced game three.

Gunnar Gregg allowed one earned run on four hits in five innings in the finale but had to wait for the bats to erase a 2-1 Katy lead. Lopez led the way with his second three-hit game of the series, while Victor Hernandez had two hits and scored twice and Vessels came back for two shutout innings for the save.

Sam Frank had two hits, including a double, and Jacob Doxakis reached base three times and drove in a run in game one for the Texans (29-5-2), who won their second area championship in four years.

Staff writer Adam Coleman contributed to this report.