Lady spartan track win first district title in school history
By Rob Tate
Updated 10:08 pm, Thursday, April 6, 2017
NEW CANEY - It was the exact birthday present Porter coach Tony Tobias was looking for.
Tobias' Lady Spartan track and field team accumulated seven individual gold medals which helped lift the team to the District 21-5A team title, a first a program history.
Porter finished with 166 points, ahead of second place Kingwood Park (128), Humble (83) and New Caney (81) at Don Ford Stadium Thursday evening.
"It's a first for Porter," Tobias said after his team serenaded him with the birthday song from the podium. "It's awesome. It's the first for Porter and the first for me in 14 years now. To get the first for Porter and for these seniors that worked all four years, it's an unbelievable feeling."
All Top 4 individual finishers in their event advance to the area meet.
East Montgomery County boys didn't fair as well as Barbers Hill easily won the district team title with 167 points. Kingwood Park had 110.5, Humble finished with 89 and Porter had 71.
The fourth place finish was still a program best for the Spartans.
"We finished fourth which is the best we finished ever," Porter coach Chris Nelson said. "We can't be upset about it obviously. We certainly wanted a little bit more, but we are pleased with what we finished."
For the Lady Spartans, Rebecca Gonzalez won gold in the 800 meter run (2:21.06) and was just barely beaten out in the 400 (58.73) to take second.In long distance, Laura Tonchina took second and Kaytlin Elliott took third in the mile. Tonchina won the 3,200-meter run back on Tuesday with a time of 11:46.48 and Elliott was second at 12:02.79.
Porter took second in the mile relay and third in the 800-meter relay.
Savannah Pennese won the 100-meter hurdles by nearly two seconds at 14.84 seconds. Tierra Mauney then won the 300 hurdles at 48.83 seconds.
Jaelyn Stewart won the shot put 37-11 and was third in the discus at 103-05.
"They compete so well," Tobias said. "It's a really good group and a good group of seniors that have been working their butts off for years. They deserve it because work so hard."
Tobias had hopes after last year's meet this his team could accomplish a district title. "We thought so after the district last year," Tobias said. "They've focused on being the district champs throughout the year. It's been a goal for them."
Standout performances for New Caney girls included a second place finish by Kaelin Morkisch in the 100-meter dash and Emily Brubaker finished second in the 200. Briana Obregon was second in the 100-meter hurdles.
Averie Ware, Nastassja Campbell, Morkisch and Brubaker combined to win the 800-meter relay. Campbell claimed gold in the pole vault back on Tuesday.
Splendora's Carissa Aponte took silver in the 800 and Hailie Brandum was third in the 3,200 run. Hannah Galloway earned silver in the high jump.
Caney Creek's Chloe Seed took silver in the discus and bronze in the shot put to advance to area round. The Lady Panthers also earned bronze in the 100 relay.
The Porter boys team finished the night on a high point in the final event under the lights. The fourth place finish in the mile relay in 3:26.16 set a PR for the team of Isaac Moreno, Anthony Nixon, Chris Keen and Le Gari Daniels.
"It was a good way to finish it off," Nelson said.
After field events on Tuesday, the Spartans entered the running finals in good shape. "Overall, we finished field events in second place on Tuesday," Nelson said. "Today, we were hoping to finish third. Just realistically with what we had out and the relays we were going to run, we thought third place might be the opportunity."
Kameron Washington was first on Tuesday in the long jump (21-10.50) and the triple jump (43-02). "Kameron Washington won gold in the high jump, triple jump and then was fourth in the 100," Nelson said. "So he gets to go area."
Daniels finished second in the 100 at 10.74 seconds. He then earned another silver in the 400 at 49.04. DeAndre Fontenot took bronze in the 3,200 on and Caleb Johnson also took bronze in the discus back on Tuesday.
Caney Creek's Omar Quintana took bronze in the 800 run. The Panthers won silver in the mile relay to end the night and earlier won bronze in the 800-meter relay. Marcus Garza won a silver in the discus.
Dwight McGlothern of New Caney won silver in the high jump on Tuesday
Standouts for Splendora included Conner Day taking bronze in the 300 hurdles. Zayne Day won bronze in the long jump.