By BRAD KEITH
LUBBOCK (April 29, 2016) — Josh Nowell is making sure the final chapter to his Stephenville High School athletic career is an exciting one.
The senior soared to third place and a bronze medal by clearing six foot in the boys high jump at the Region I-4A Track & Field Meet Friday morning at Lowery Field.
“I went out there saying I need to jump six foot without any misses and get into a good position,” said Nowell. “It worked out and I got third, so now I can hope for a wild card spot at state.”
Nowell cleared the opening heighths all the way to 6-0 with no misses, but couldn’t get over the bar at 6-2. Only two competitors did, however.
“It feels really cool to get this far along, to regionals, and know I can still win a medal,” he said. “That’s a great feeling.”
Nowell was seventh in the triple jump but still isn’t done on day one of two at the regional meet. He will be part of Stephenville’s 4×400 meter relay in the running prelims that begin at 2:30 p.m.
“I’ve got two events down and two to go,” said Nowell, who won area championships in high jump and triple jump. “The mile relay prelims are later today, so I’ll go get rested up for that, and then the long jump tomorrow morning. Hopefully I can go out there and ‘PR’ by a couple inches and get into that mix to go to state.”
He may already be there. Or perhaps not.
Marks will be compared among third place finishers from each of the four regions, and if Nowell’s is best, he will move on to the UIL Track & Field State Meet in Austin.
“That’s the main goal is to get to state,” said Nowell, who will continue his athletic career as a football player at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls.
Also Friday morning for Stephenville:
*Nadine Arredondo placed fourth in girls discus
*Emily Dark was 10th in the girls 3,200 meter run
*Hailey Martin missed the finals in the long jump, the first of five events here for her.
Stephenville has three girls relays, a boys relay, Martin and Bailey McBee in the 100-meter hurdles and Payton Wall in the 400 meter run, all coming up in the running prelims that begin at 2:30 p.m.