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Burnet track athletes advance to regionals

Burnet High School thrower Teagan Tappe

Burnet High School senior thrower Teagan Tappe set new school records in the discus and shot put and is advancing to the Class 4A Region III meet in both events. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

CORRECTION: Due to a miscommunication, the original story indicated that every athlete placing for the Lady Dawgs at the track meet set a record. While the girls did great, only the Lady Dawgs’ 4×200-meter relay broke the program record at the area meet. The wording has been corrected, all stats remain as originally published and are correct. 

The Burnet High School track-and-field team is sending numerous athletes to the Class 4A Region III meet after they finished in the top four of their events at the area meet April 14 at Giddings High School.

The regional meet is Friday-Saturday, April 23-24, at Challenger Stadium, 2145 W. Nasa Blvd. in Webster.

The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Hudson Bennett, who captured gold medals in the 3,200 meters at 10 minutes 3.67 seconds and in the 1,600 meters at 4:30.53

Joining him at the regional meet are junior Carlos Olivera, who was second in the 3,200 meters at 10:28.84, and junior Andy Urista, who was fourth in the 800 meters at 2:05.69.

Burnet High School runner Hudson Bennett
Burnet High School sophomore Hudson Bennett earned three medals at the area meet April 14: golds in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters and a fourth-place medal as part of the 4×400-meter relay team. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The top four finishers in each event advanced to the regional meet.

The 4×400-meter relay team of senior Cade Rye, Urista, junior Jessie Laidler, and Bennett finished fourth in 3:38.43 to advance.

Freshman Brayden Hill was fourth in the pole vault after clearing 12 feet 6 inches.

The Lady Dawgs also will be well represented with seven athletes stamping their tickets to regionals and the 4×200-meter relay team breaking a school record.

Head track-and-field coach Crystal Shipley couldn’t stop praising her athletes.

“To say I’m proud isn’t even close to how I feel,” she said.

The 4×200-meter relay team of Contreras, Massoletti, Zaria Solis, and Musasa broke a school record with a time of 1:47.13, which earned them fourth place at the meet and a trip to regionals.

Senior Teagan Tappe was second in the discus with a toss of 115 feet 9 inches and fourth in the shot put with a heave of 33 feet 7.5 inches. Freshman Jacquelyn Contreras was second in the high jump at a height of 5 feet.
Sophomore Autumn Stires finished third in the 3,200 meters in 13:12.89. Senior Phebe Musasa clocked 27.10 seconds in the 200 meters.

The 4×100-meter relay team of Contreras, junior Sydne Massoletti, AnnaBella Poppell, and Musasa finished fourth in 50.82 seconds.