Several members of the La Porte High School boys' varsity track team qualified for regionals after the team's strong showing at the district meet. The team placed fourth at the North Shore High School Freshman Campus April 11-13.
The team of Alex Mosley, Jack Barfield, Karl Terrebonne and Jordan Claypool placed second in the 4 X 400m race, qualifying for regionals and setting a new school record by one-tenth of a second, beating the former record of 2:20.3.
"They had to run six seconds better than their season best to run this time and place,w hich means every single runner on the relay was at least a second better than their previous personal record," said head coach Zach Johnson. "It was an amazing race to watch and puts them in contention for a state-qualifying spot at the regional meet."
The team of Keith Whitely, Jon Wesby, Anthony Webb and Jonathan Lewis also qualified for regionals with a third-place finish in the 4 X 100m race, with a time of 43.20.
Individual qualifiers included Jonathan Lewis, third place, high jump; Dustin Price, third place, pole vault; and Jordan Claypool,. third place, 400m. Gustavo Aguilera qualified for regionals in two events with a third-place finish in the 3200m and 1600m competitions.
Other award winners were Cameron Avina, fourth place, 3200m, and sixth place, 1600m; A.J. Padilla, fifth place, 3200m; and Sean Young, sixth place, 110 hurdles, and sixth place, 300 hurdlles.
"The team as a whole came in fourth, but was in the fight the entire time for second and third," Johnson said. "This was a really great meet for us; we had some ups and downs but ended with a bang. These guys are some of the hardest working students I have had in my time here, and it showed (at the district meet)."
The regional meet is scheduled for May 2 and 3 at Turner Stadium in Humble ISD.