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McKnight snatches gold from jaws of Gators’ Thomas in state track finals

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DICKINSON’s duo of Koi Johnson and Essence Thomas each came close to grabbing gold at last weekend’s state track and field meet in Austin, yet the Gators tandem still left with medals in the class 6a triple jump event.
Thomas finished second to Lewisville Marcus’ Kyndal McKnight by leaping 41 ft, 11.50 inches, a total that fell just short of McKnight’s title-winning performance of 42 ft, 1.5 inches. Thomas had held the lead for most of the event before McKnight snatched gold in dramatic fashion by nailing her final attempt of the afternoon.
Johnson hit the mark at 41 ft., 4.75 inches to finish third overall. She then finished fifth in the long jump with a performance of 18 ft, 10.75 in, an effort that narrowly missed out on reaching the medal stand.
Clear Falls’ Chris Rainey finished third in the boys’ 6a 200-meter dash with a time of 21.22 seconds and also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash by recording a time of 10.598 seconds, putting a mere .007 behind third-place finisher Walter Boyd of Cypress Fairbanks.
Michael Hermes of Friendswood finished eighth in the 6a boys’ high jump with a mark of 6 ft, 2 in, while Peyton Sawyer of Clear Springs placed eighth in the 6a boys 110-meter hurdles.
In the girls field, Naomi Taylor of Clear Springs finished fifth in the girls 6a 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.09 seconds. Hitchcock’s 800-meter relay team of Brittanany Birdow, Majesty Owens, Arianna Delane and Chrishauna McDaniel finished ninth with a mark of 1:46.58 as champion Leonard high school set a new state girls class 3a record of 1:39.06.
Galveston Ball’s Leyha Williams finished ninth in the class 5a girls 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.48 seconds. Only a freshman, Williams, like Dickinson’s Johnson, will return next season as a strong contender to not only come back
to Austin, but to leave with a medal.

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