By BRAD KEITH
(May 13, 2017) — Stephenville senior sprinter Kylee Ponder and Hico senior hurdler Shelby Polk are the lone remaining contenders from our area at the UIL Track & Field State Meet that concludes today in Austin.
Polk runs in the 2A-3A session this afternoon and Ponder in the 4A-6A session that concludes the 2017 state meet tonight at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Polk is seeded third in the 2A girls 100 meter hurdles, scheduled for 12:45 p.m., and eighth in the 300 hurdles, set for 2:05 p.m. Ponder is seeded eighth in the 4A girls 100 meter dash, slated for 7:05 p.m.
Nine competitors from the area performed Friday in Austin, highlighted by Stephenville junior Blake Aragon capturing the school’s first ever state title in the high jump and the first event championship by its boys track program since Clayton Harmon won the shot put in 2001.
Aragon cleared 6 feet, 8 inches to win by an inch. He could have moved to 6-10, which he cleared at the 8-4A district meet to set the school record in the event. But he decided to try for a new record and went straight to 7 feet, where he missed on all three attempts.
Aragon was the only competitor from the area to place in the scoring Friday, when Lingleville had five athletes compete, Stephenville three and Hico one.