Tigers grab second team title in a row

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Sealy took home seven first-place finishes across all 17 events which propelled the Tigers to a second consecutive team title, this one on their rival’s turf.

Bellville High School hosted the fifth annual Archie Seals Relays and gave Sealy the best run for its money in the team totals, with six events ending with a Brahma at the top.

For the black and gold, Matthew Lord set the tone by winning both the 100 and 200-meter dashes to score a quick 20 points.

Connor Krenek came in third in the 400-meter dash before Keen Brown and Daniel Medrano finished back-to-back in third and fourth in the 800.

Both 1600 and 3200-meter runs were littered with Tigers with Vladimir Hernandez and Xavier Olvera finishing 1-2 in both races. Medrano added a fourth-place spot in the 1600 while Nahol Ahmed came in fifth in the 3200.

Sealy only rolled out a 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay team which came in second and third respectively.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Draper Parker (2nd) was joined by Joel Gassiott (6th) near the top before three Tigers finished consecutively in the 300-meter hurdles.

Emmanuel Aguilar, Parker and Gassiott finished second, third and fourth each to compile 18 points toward the team score.

Ivan Bolden took home the top spot in both long and triple jump events yet again and did so in tremendous fashion.

Bolden’s best jump of 23’ 11.5” in the long jump was good enough to not only set a new meet record, but it also surpassed the school’s previous record that was just set last year by then-senior Tyrek McNeese, who is now competing for the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Ja’Marris Cotton provided the next-best long jump of the meet at 21’ 9.75” to earn second.

Bolden was joined by Parker (4th) and Krenek (6th) in scoring points in the triple jump soon after.

Luke Thielemann walked away having thrown the discus the farthest and was joined by Jacob Evanicky, who finished second, in earning 18 total points to the team score.

Thielemann added a fourth-place finish in the shot put after staying busy while most other athletes took the previous week off for spring break. Thielemann instead participated in the high school division of a meet at Texas State University although his discus throw was not calculated due to a foul.

In the final field event, Joel Gassiott took home third from the pole vault, matching a 12’ 6” jump from the Dierschke Relays in Sealy, to earn the final six points for the Tigers, pushing their total to 194.

Bellville was the next-closest team with 166 points after all the events, then it was La Grange which piled up 136 points after winning four events.

This week, Sealy will head to Brookshire to run in Royal’s meet Thursday before runners eligible for the Texas Relays travel to Austin to run that weekend.

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