ARLINGTON – Abilene High opened the I-6A Region Athletics meet Friday at Maverick Stadium with two personal bests.
Sophomore Andruw Villa ran a 9:25.82 in the Boys 3,200 run to finish in fifth place and earn two team points for the Eagles.
Rookie Mason Murray finished 10th in the 3,200 girls with a time of 11:29.99.
Neither athlete qualified for the state competition, but both raced well to set personal bests.
“It was a bittersweet moment,” Villa said. “I didn’t qualify, as I wanted, but I still got a PR of a few seconds. I’m still proud of it. »
In the men’s 3200, Hudson Heikkinen of Plano West won the gold medal finishing in 9:15.32. Flower Mound’s Natalie Cook, an Oklahoma State signee, set a girls’ meet record, posting a time of 9:54.66.
As underclassmen, Murray and Villa will both have chances to qualify for the state meet in the coming years.
“It’s quite motivating,” Villa said. I’m with a lot of these seniors and juniors and I’m in my second year. It’s quite motivating to think about where I’ll be in my senior year.
After finishing second in the region in the 1600m, Villa will advance to the regional finals of that event on Saturday night.
Other Abilene High athletes scheduled to compete on Friday were Noah Hatcher (110 preliminary hurdles, 300 preliminary hurdles), Devare Payne (110 preliminary hurdles, high jump) and Logan Smith (pole vault).
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Carson Field is the area sports reporter for Abilene Reporter-News. It primarily covers Big Country high school sports. If you enjoy local news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to reporternews.com.