Two meets, two wins.
The 2008 track and field season couldn’t have started any better for the Stephenville Honeybees.
“We’ve had two meets, and we’ve won both of them,” Stephenville coach Randall Edwards said. “We’re off to a great start. Now we have to work on continuing to develop our depth. We have some younger girls who are really coming along and contributing.”
Stephenville scored 66 points in the field events, followed by 75 on the track to slip past Saginaw, 141-131. Third-place Everman finished a distant third with 81 points.
With points doubled up for relay events, Stephenville came through with three second place finishes to score 48 points. In the 4x100m, T. Garcia, Paige Chew, Claire Goodman and Emilie Richardson combined for a time of 49.97. Everman was .74-of a second faster to win the event in 49.23. Garcia and Goodman, who ran all three relays for the Bees, worked with Sage Lasater and Jessica Porter in the 4x200m to again finish second to Everman. This time, Everman made it to the finish in 1:45.06, followed by Stephenville in 1:45.89. Saginaw came in third in both events.
Saginaw’s luck changed in the 4x400m, when it’s foursome outran the Bees by just 0.29 of a second for the win. Saginaw finished in 4:06.97, while Stephenville recorded a time of 4:07.28. Despite Saginaw’s win in the event, Stephenville outscored the second place overall finisher by a combined score of 48-44 in the three relays.
With distance running phenom Allison Woerner not competing on Saturday, Stephenville didn’t finish first in any individual running events. The leading point scorer in the individual runs was Vanessa Elizondo, who placed fifth in the 1,600m (5:51.89) and second in the 3,200m (13:37.97) to score 10 points. Emilie Woerner added two more to the scoring column in the 3,200m with a fifth place finish (12:43.90).
Paige Chew blew away her heat and the fastest time of all in the 400m preliminaries, but fell to second in the finals when Kelsey Donald of Fort Worth Southwest finished in 1:00.31, just ahead of Chew’s 1:01.08.
Megan Baker added six points with a third-place finish in the 100m hurdles (17.42), and the final running point came from Stephanie McNeal, who finished the 200m in sixth (28.58).
McNeal made her biggest contributions in the field, where her, MaKayla Elliott and Sage Lasater combined for 48 points. McNeal won first by an inch in the high jump (5-1) and third in the triple jump (32-9-1/2).
Elliott continued defense of her Class 4A state title in the discus by winning the event by more than 30 feet. After signing with Stephen F. Austin on Friday, the senior hurled the disc 139-0, the farthest throw by any high school girl in the state, 1A-5A, this season. She also finished fourth in the shot put (32-3-3/4).
Sage Lasater again pulled off a 12-6 in the pole vault. Younger sister Senna added a second place finish for Stephenville at 11-0, and no other competitor went higher than 8-6. Sage also finished second in the long jump (17-7-1/2).
The final field event points for Stephenville were tacked on by Kamber Parker, who finished fourth in the triple jump (32-2) and Gabby Lazarene, who was third in the discus (99-0).
Stephenville also won first in the JV girls division, outscoring second-place Mineral Wells, 154-79.
The Bees return to action in a tri-meet at Aledo on Friday.