On April 8th and 9th, the Graham track team traveled to Burkburnett for the annual district track meet. This year, the Steers varsity team took first and the Lady Blues earned second place overall.
The pole vault has proven a strong event for the Steers all season, and the district meet was no different. Bradley Little took the gold, followed by Ben Davis at second and Nathan Flowers in fourth place. The Lady Blues also jumped well, with Cody Hayes and Ally Riley placing third and fourth, respectively, and Kristin Adair once again topped the field in the pole vault with a 10 foot jump.
Adair also placed in the triple jump, flying to a second place finish ahead of Emily Davis, who placed in the sixth spot.
The Steers also had two competitors place, with Derek Sides finishing third and Ben Davis finishing in sixth.
In the other jumping events, Graham saw long jumpers Justin Escalon soaring into second place and Hagen Hughes finishing in sixth place. Emily Davis finished second in the long jump and also placed sixth in the high jump. Ahead of Davis in the high jump were Candice Martin in the fifth spot, and Lexi Allen who elevated herself to a silver medal finish. The Steers also did well in the high jump, with Escalon and Bryce Reeves finishing in fourth and fifth.
Graham also had a tremendous day throwing. In the shot put, Lana Plaster and Sydney Smith finished in third and fourth place, and for the Steers, Juan Arrendondo finished in second place, barely losing out to teammate Chanse Moss, who came in first with a throw of 50-feet-one-inch.
For the Blues, Plaster and Smith also placed fifth and sixth in the discus. For the Steers, Jack Hays finished in sixth place, getting beat out by his teammates, second place finisher Conner Smith and discus champion Mike Freeze, who won with a 153-foot-11-inch throw.
Read the entire story in Saturday's Graham Leader.