An old, well-worn saying that preceded “It is what it is,” but had greater relevance, was “Been there, done that.”
Four Van Alstyne seniors could cite that as their mantra after coming away with double-wins at the 2017, District 10-3A track meet in Farmersville on April 12-13.
The Taylor twins, Hannah and Jacob swept their two distance events, repeating as district champions for the second season in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
Senior De’Angelo Alexander made back-to-back district titles in the 110 hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, repeating his 2016 wins.
Finally, senior Levi Jones put on an impressive performance with his double wins in the 400-meter dash and the long jump. He also anchored, in a season’s best time, the 4x400-relay team that finished first.
Another equally impressive all-around performance was the point-grabbing effort of Lady Panther freshman Sydney Ingram.
She competed in the maximum allowable five events, won points in all five, and finished the meet with 36 points for the Lady Panthers, winning the 100-meter hurdles.
Howe sophomore Bethany Masters also scored points in five events, winning the 300-meter hurdles, while scoring 28 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
The Taylor twins got the meet off to a positive start on April 12 as the 3,200-meter run was one of the first events on the card.
Hannah Taylor breezed to an easy win, running a 2:27, just off her personal best effort on this track the previous week.
Jacob Taylor followed up with hist 3,200-meter win, getting a personal best time of 10:35.84 for that distance.
On Thursday in the 1,600-meters, Jacob Taylor broke open a close race with 300 meters to go, putting up a finishing kick that ended with a 5:39.74 in that event.
“I felt really strong out there today,” he said. “I had a really good kick and I am glad to get both wins in district to finish my senior season.”
Alexander had been struggling, especially in the longer hurdle race, until Thursday when he notched the double wins, repeating his 2016 feat.
“I’m just glad to see the hard work I put into the season pay off at this meet,” Alexander said. “I didn’t get off to a good start in the 110s, but at about the five hurdle I began to make a move and got past that goal.”
Jones’s effort got the attention of some college scouts at the event, finishing almost two full seconds ahead of the second-place runner in the 400-meters, then coming back five events later to anchor the winning 4x400 relay team.
Sophomore George Hall of Van Alstyne won the high jump, adding 10 points to the Panthers 189, which was good enough to win the team title.
The Lady Panthers scored 152 to finish second to Leonard, and the Howe girls were third with 90 points. The Howe boys also finished third, scoring 96 points.
The next step of the track and field postseason will be the area meet, again in Farmersville on April 20.