TIGERS SHINE – Houston Chronicle


Spring Branch ISD athletes performed well at the UIL State Track and Field Championships at the University of Texas in Austin.Spring Wood’s girls tied for eighth place with Frisco Heritage with 20 points. McKinney North was the Class 5A state champ with 74 points, followed by Arlington Seguin with 46 and Mansfield Lake Ridge with 42.The Tigers qualified two relays and nearly came away with a pair of state medals.The foursome of senior Brianna Robinson, junior Toni Dada, senior Gabby Bonner and senior Stephine Mathis claimed third place in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:37.81. The Tigers finished behind only Arlington Seguin (1:36.53) and McKinney North (1:37.63).In the 4×100 relay, the same foursome barely missed a spot on the podium, with Robinson, Dada, Bonner and Mathis placing fourth in 46.42 seconds. McKinney North won the race (45.64).It was a breakout performance for Spring Woods, which had never qualified a girls’ relay for state in program history.Stratford freshman Grace Custer, like her Spring Woods counterparts, made her 5A state debut, placing seventh in the girls’ 1,600 (5:11.40) and eighth in the 3,200 (11:11.79).In the Class 6A competition, Memorial had a pair of qualifiers. Senior Khayla Patel, making her fourth straight state appearance for the Mustangs, was sixth in the girls’ 1,600 (4:46.10) and eighth in the 3,200 (10:47.47). Senior Nicholas Hamilton also did well in the boys’ 800, grabbing fifth place (1:53.65).

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