By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (April 29, 2016) — Stephenville has four athletes moving on to the running finals in two events at the UIL Region I 4A/5A Track & Field Meet.
Hailey Martin advanced from Friday’s prelims to Saturday’s finals with the sixth fastest time of 15.53 in the 100-meter hurdles, and was the second leg of the Stephenville 4×200-meter relay that also qualified sixth by finishing in 1:47.48 at Lowery Field.
Joining Martin on the 4×200 are Kristen Pettit, Bailey McBee and Bayleigh Chaviers. McBee made up ground on the third leg before Chaviers anchored the team strongly, moving from sixth to second in the heat.
The 4×200 success was especially sweet for Bailey McBee, who bounced back from a fall in the 100-meter hurdles to run her strong third leg in the relay.
“My adrenaline was just still pumping when I was done,” said McBee of the fall on the last hurdle. “I just wanted to help my team.”
Now the freshman is looking forward to a strong finals showing by the 4×200 Bees.
“I feel like we’ll go even stronger tomorrow. I think when we started out we weren’t at our best, but at the end we picked it up,” said McBee, who hopes she got past the regional jitters on Friday. “It is very exciting to be here, but I was also very nervous. Seeing all the people here and just knowing what’s at stake, it’s a lot.”
Jordan Carter is the favorite in the girls high jump entering the Saturday morning field events. Stephenville will also have Martin in the girls triple jump, Nadine Arredondo in girls shot put and Josh Nowell and Krece Nowak in boys long jump.
The Honeybees did not advance in the 4×100 relay or 4×400 relay and Payton Wall missed the finals in the 400-meter run. The boys reached regionals in the 4×400, too, but also missed the finals.