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PAGE 8A - The Malakoff News Wednesday, May 2, 2001 Sports and School Boys Regional Track Resuh's Next Stop Austin... By Coach Nickerson The Malakoff Tiger boys track team placed 6th at the regional track meet this past weekend in Palestine, Texas. Tigers Zack Jackson, Tho- mas Hanna and Ricky Carrico all qualified for state in there event. I am very proud of these young men. They worked extremely hard to get to Austin. All the hard work has paid off. Never un- derestimate the heart of a Ti- ger, The Malakoff Tigers went 3 for 3 at the regional meet. Zack Jackson led the Tigers off in the shot pot Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Zack knew the competition would be tough. Zack was a regional qualifier last year and did not make the finals but he vowed to do better this year, and that he did. He got off to a slow start with throws of 45'-45'6 and 46'2 feet and barely made the finals. After talking to shot put coach Mark Johnson and seeing that the other shot put competitors were not throw- ing much better, Zack barred down. On his next to last throw in the finals, Zack tossed a 50'6 inch throw which was good enough for 2nd place and a trip to Aus- tin. Ben Wilkerson of Hemphill won the event on his 2nd attempt of 57'3. At 10:30 a.m. it was Tiger Thomas Hanna's time to hine itl the'hth jump.  mas came 'in as' the 4th jumper, The bar stare 5' 10 and he knew he clear 5' 10-6'0 and 6'4 on his first attempt and he did just that, but the competition was far from over. Clifford McCowan of New Waverly cleared 6'4 on his final at- tempt as did state qualifier of a year ago Keyatta Knox of Paul Pewitt. At 6'6 which is foreign territory to Thomas he barely missed at 6'6 on his final attempt but Clifford McCowan of New Waverly cleared it on his third attempt and Keyatta Knox of Paul Pewitt also missed on his final attempt but Thomas advances on fewer missesl I am so very proud of Thomas. It was a goal of his from the start of the sea- son, to go to state his senior year. His final goal is to bring back a medal from Austin. The final Tiger to earn a trip to Austin was sophomore Ricky Carrico in the 800 and 1600m run: Ricky had the 3rd best time after the prelims Friday night. He ran a 2:04.2 in the prelims which was his best time of the year yet Eugene Shelton of Hull-Diasetta ran a2:00 flat and Cody Smith of Riesel ran a 2:01.1 so Ricky's chances didn't look good for Saturday's final, but after the race Friday night Ricky told me that he had some more gas in the tank and was saving it for Saturday's fi- nal and that he did. In Saturday's final, Ricky ran a good race, even though he was in 7th place after the 1st lap but in striking-distance. I felt like that Ricky had let Cody Smith of Riesel and Eugene Shelton of Hull Diasetta get to far ahead. At the 300 meter mark, Ricky began to make his move. Sophomore Ricky Carrico is shown at the top left; Senior Thomas Hanna at the top right and Zack Jackson is shown on the right. With 100 meters left Ricky was still 10 meters behind and some how he found the strength and determination to catch both of them at the fin- ish line. It was amazing. Ricky was edged out by Eu- gene Shelton of Hull-Diasetta who won the race with a 2:01.75 followed by Ricky's 2"02.18 and Cody Smith of Riesel finished third at 2:02.26. The Tigers placed 6th out of 56 teams and that is a great accomplishment considering we only had three boys com- peting. Trinity won the meet with 60 points. Ricky also placed 5th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:50.68. He was a little disappointed af- ter the race because he wanted to go to state in 2 events. State will be tough and each Tigers goal is to try and bring a medal back and with deter- mination, hardwork and heart you never know. The state meet will be May 11-12 in Austin. The field events start Friday morning, May 11 th and the running fi- nals Friday night at 6:00 p.m. Jessica Cox advances to state in gcnf ond year in a row. She improved year because the competition her score by 18 strokes since was better and I felt that I was last year and continues to im- under a lot of pressure with prove as the season progresses, everyone's expectations." Jes- "Jessica really showed some sica said. The girl's golf team character, she played in a real is also very young and has high slow group the first day and she expectations for a possible learned how to compete." Says State Tournament run next golf coach Danny Leatherman. year. "I was proud of all our 'She's also theonly non-senior girts. They don't realize that golfer to advance this year." there are only four regions in Jessica considered herself Texas and they are one of the k!cky-to be able to advance to top 12 girls 2A golf teams in the the State Tournament twice in state." Says coach Danny arow. ,It was a lot tougher this Leatherman. Jessica Cox is going to state.  i!. . :, By Stephen Thomas and, :.  i:: Jonathan Varden The Lady Tigers golf team traveled to the Peach Tree Golf Course in Bullard last week for the regional golf tournament after capturing second place in the district. The two-day tour- nament ended on a very posi- tive note. Malakoff walked away with a third place finish, barely missing a state qualify- ing ticket. Malakoff's team :iii scores were composed of Jes- :' sica Cox103-91, Tavia Fritz, 118-117, Kristi Thomas, 136- 130, and Stephanie Betz, 136- 126. Junior, Jessica Cox placed fourth with her 194 two-day Girls Golf Team placed third in regionals. From h'ft to score, and will advance to the right, Stephanie Betz, Kristi Thomas, Jessica Cox, Tavia Fritz and Dallas Collins. Coach Leatherman is shown Slalc Tournament for the sec- behind the golf team. Lady Tiger Track t" ads success Three Lady Tiger Track members qualified for the Re- gional Track Meet this sea- son, Mary Speed, Octavia Coleman and Tequonea Jack- son. The Regional Meet was held at Palestine High School Saturday. Octavia Coleman won the high jump and set a new regional record of 5'4". She will compete in the state track meet May 11, 12 in Aus- tin. Tequonea Jackson placed 5th in the shot put throwing 35' 11 1/2". Mary Speed ran a personal best of 15.9 in the 100m hurdles. She placed 5th in the finals. The team has had a suc- cessful season beginning with the AL Rholes Invitational in Van. The team scored.33 points more than last year, qualifying for 6 final events. The team placed 6th overall. The team competed against a tough field in their home meet March 17th. The team placed 6th behind 3A schools scor- ing 51 points. The Lady Tiger Track team continued to ira- prove by placing third overall at Kerens with 56 points. The team had one final met before district at Crandall and they placed 6th overall with 46 points. District was held in Troup and the team scored 48 points placing 6th. The district overall was well represented at regionals qualifying a com- petitor in all finals with the ex- Regionals. "The team is young and this was a building year for us. We have built upon last year with over half the team reaching their personal best. I wanted the team as a whole to score more points in the meets which we have accomplished that. I am very proud of our athletes and our qualifiers. We ception of 2 events. Malakoff will take it one step further placed 12 out of 57 teams at next season." Coach Miller TAAS Sur ivors The Malakoff Middle School would'like to thank all the sponsors who helped provide TAAS T-shirts fbr each student and staff member. We appreciate your continued support. Acme Brick, Anders Furniture, Baskets 'A Plenty, Berry Lumber Co., Brookshires Food Stores, Caney Cove Resort, Caney Cove Self Storage, Cedar Lake Children's Center, Cedar Lake Nursing Home, Denise's Hair Depot, Dollar Per Day Video, From The Heart Flowers And Gifts, Hatt Contracting, KCKL-FM/KLVQ-AM, l,akeside Beauty Salon, I ci:l Business Equipment, Malakoff Bank, Malakoff Crafrers Mall. Malakofl Flower S!mp, Malakoff Insurance Agency, -1 MalakoOCNews, Malakoff I harmacy, Mal-Tex Oxygen Supplies, Ochoas Mexican Restaurant, Ron's Body Shop, Stalkcutter Clothing Co., State Farm Insurance, Tanner Motor Co. and The Lindy Antique Mall.