1 – Smith finishes fourth at state in pole vault

Joshua’s junior Brant Smith entered the boys pole vault competition at the UIL Class 4A state track and field championships with the fourth best qualifying height.

Smith, who cleared 15 feet, three inches to win the Region I title, managed to clear 15 feet at the Mike A. Myers Track Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin to place fourth in the state.

“Brant jumped well,” Joshua coach Craig Bethell said. “He did not have a miss until 15-6, which is three inches over his personal best. He had three really good attempts at 15-6 but just did not clear it. As far as the future goes, much higher heights are in sight.”

Huntsville senior Audie Wyatt, who finished second at the Region III meet, captured the state title by clearing 16 feet. Corsicana senior Noah Gilfillan, the Region II champion, cleared 16-3 to finish second.

Tomball Memorial junior Antonio Ruiz, who came in with a qualifying height of 15 feet, cleared 16 feet to bring home the bronze medal.

2 – Underwood, Newton run at state cross country meet

Joshua sophomore Soren Underwood, right, and senior Kelsey Newton, left, each ran at the Class 5A UIL State cross country championship in November.

Running as individuals in a field of 148, Underwood finished 23rd in a time of 19 minutes, 40.27 on the course at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park. Newton, running in her final race for Joshua, placed 55th in a time of 20:19.


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