Anna senior Raye Moran claimed a gold medal in the 800 meters at the Class 4A area track and field meet in Canton on April 20. Her time was 4 four minutes, 17.45 seconds. In the 1,600 meters, Moran finished one-half second behind winner Kylie Purifoy of Crandall, a state champion from last year.
“She looked real good,” Lady Coyotes head coach Hoot Jones said of Moran’s 800. “After the first hundred meters she took the lead and never relinquished it. She seems to run better from the front.”
The girls’ 400-meter relay team of Jazmin Pender, Tamaya Tutson, Jada Ramirez and Abby Sanders were edged out of first place by Melissa — by a six one-hundredths of a second. The group finished with a time of 4 minutes, 5.17 seconds. Tutson also claimed silver in the 200-meter dash, coming in at 26.46 seconds — one-tenth of a second behind winner Ceniya Green of Princeton.
Pender placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 0.92 seconds, while Madison Hemenway took sixth in the 1,600 meters and in the 3,200 meters as well. Her times were five minutes, 47.28 seconds and 12 minutes, 42.05 seconds, respectively.
Overall, the Lady Coyotes placed sixth in the 13-team field.
On the boys’ side, Keelan Crosby, Elijah Smith, Aaron Lee and Josh Abara are area champions in the 200-meter relay after finishing the race in a school-record time of 1 minute, 28.36 seconds. Elijah Smith earned gold as well in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 49.47 seconds.
The 400 team of Crosby, Smith, Johnathan Venable and Emmonte Davis placed fifth with a time of 3 minutes, 34.58 seconds. Senior Daunte Rose finished sixth in the shot-put competition with a throw of 45 feet, 6 inches. Smith’s leap of 40 feet, 8.5 inches, earned sixth in the triple jump and Lee placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.52 seconds.
The Coyotes finished seventh overall in the 13-team field.
“It was a very up and down day,” boys head coach Jeremy Patton said, noting a baton-drop in Anna’s 100 relay.
Hopes had been high for the group as they were coming in with the third fastest time in the Area.
“It was very unfortunate, but those things do happen,” he said. “I told the kids that this is a test to see how we will respond. They responded well for the 200 (relay) by setting another school record and beating the second-place team by 2.1 seconds. … At the end of the day, we still have the 200 relay going to regionals with one of the fastest times, and Elijah in the 400 with one of the fastest times.”