Building on an already successful season the Early Longhorns and Lady Horns sent 15 competitors to the Region 1 Class 3A Track Meet at Abilene Christian University last weekend. This continues an increase in the number of track athletes at Early that have advanced to the last step before state competition. In 2016, 8 athletes competed in the regional meet. In 2017, 9 students represented Early. In 2018, the number increased to 13. Finally, this season topped the previous marks with 15 qualifiers. Leading the way, once again, was junior Trinity Tomlinson. Trinity, the defending state high jump champion, captured the state berth and Regional High Jump championship for this year with a season best jump of 5’7″. Trinity also competed and advanced in the 100m hurdles. Trinity set the school record in the 100m hurdles last season notching a 15.1 time. This season, she topped that mark in a previous meet with a 14.75, breaking her own record with a huge decrease in time. Saturday, she beat that mark in the preliminary round to 14.73. Breaking her own school record for the second time this season. She will compete in both events at the State Track Meet next Friday in Austin as the representative of Early High School. Jeramiah Fowler qualified in three events (800m, 1600m, & 3200m) and ran personal bests in two of them this past weekend shaving 7 seconds off of his time in the mile to finish seventh after coming into the event seeded 16th. Fowler also cut off 10 seconds from his season best in the 3200m. Austin Reveile knocked nearly 3 full seconds off of his personal best in the 400m, running a 52.91. For the first time in four seasons, the Longhorns had regional qualifiers in the 100m with two young men achieving the honor, Jesson Tarrant (11.66) and Alex Jacobs (11.46). Timmy Smithson also ran his all-time best time in the 300 hurdles, running a 41.1. David Shields returned to regional competition for the second year in a row in the 110m hurdles. Last season David ran a 16.21 finishing 14th. He took nearly a full second off of that time for this years competition running a 15.5 and placing 9th. Carlos Moreno tied his personal best in the high jump (6’0). Vic Cooper and Timmy Smithson competed in a highly competitive triple jump and finished 9th and 13th respectively. Ellie Ryan competed in two events for the first time in her career at EHS, making the regional meet in the shot put and discus. Ellie threw for a season best 34’1″ in the shot put finishing 8th of 16 competitors and also pitched in a 7th place in the discus with a throw of 117’0″. Ellie will be continuing her track career at McMurry with her signing set for Wednesday at EHS. This marks four years in a row in which the Early track program has had an athlete continue track at the collegiate level and we wish her the best! The Longhorns and Lady Horns also had three relays advance to the regional meet. The Lady Horns 4 x 100m Relay team of Carrigan Norris, Tomlinson, Emily Jillson and Jensen Hutchins ran a 51.06 narrowly missing advancing to the finals. The 4 x 200m Relay team of Tomlinson, Jillson, Poindexter and Hutchins failed to advance to the finals as well, despite running a season best 1:49.9, nearly two full seconds faster than the previous season high mark. The Longhorns 4 x 100m Relay team of Alex Jacobs, Jesson Tarrant, Timmy Smithson and Ryan Trompler ran a 44.36. What a great weekend of competition at an extremely high level. With Trinity Tomlinson advancing to the state meet, Early is one of only three school in District 6-3A with a state representative in either the boys or girls divisions. The boys team achieved the first team District Championship in eleven years and a junior varsity girls district championship adding to a very successful spring at Early High School. Congratulations to all and good luck to Trinity!
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