Regional spots on the line at Thursday’s area track meet


Kyle Strickland

16 Redhawks are competing in the area track meet Thursday at Memorial Stadium with the chance to advance to the 5A Region II meet April 27-28 at UT-Arlington.

Kasey Harvey, Sports Editor

Ten girls and six boys are competing in the area track meet Thursday at Memorial Stadium with the chance to advance to the regional meet on the line.  

“These girls have been preparing all year for post district meets,” girls’ head coach Amanda Zambiasi said. “Mentally I feel that they are ready for Area and any meet beyond this. My biggest concern at this point of season is making sure everyone is healthy and every athlete’s body is prepared to peak at this point of season.”

For athletes wanting to continue their track careers beyond high school, these last few meets resemble a college track experience.

“It feel good just knowing that I was able to make it again for the third year in a row,” junior Nissi Kabongo said. “It feels good that I could do it again. I don’t really know what to expect going into college but I feel like as you get closer to state and beyond is the closest comparison to college.”

Four out of the ten girls competing Thursday are part of the cross country team that won the 5A state championship in November; something Zambiasi hopes will carry over.

“I think that those girls experienced the success in cross country season but also experienced the dedication and hard work to earn such a high achievement,” Zambiasi said. “My hope is that they will take the tools they have learned from cross country and bring them with them to track.”

Students competing in Thursday’s area meet are:

Carrie Fish- 3200, 1600
Amelia Jauregui- 3200, 1600
Adrienne Taylor- Discus
Nissi Kabongo- 800, 400, High Jump
Natasha Omondi- Long Jump
Gabriela Levya-Montiel- 800
Sanye Ford- Long Jump, 4×100, 4×200
Andrea Levya-Montiel- 4×100, 4×200
Kiara Hackett- 4×100, 4×200
Kalandria Rogers- 4×100, 4×200