WACO — Grace Community junior Kade Clayton defended his two hurdles championships with two more record-setting performances Saturday at the TAPPS State Track And Field Championships at Baylor's Hart-Patterson Complex.
After setting TAPPS 4A records in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore, Clayton repeated the feat, bettering his times set a year before.
The Bullard Brook Hill boys finished third as a team in TAPPS 3A, boosted by points in two events Saturday, and Bishop Gorman's Matthew Roe earned silver in the shot put for strong day among East Texans on the final day of the state meet.
Clayton ran the 110 in 14.39 seconds, shaving a decent chunk off his 14.69 he ran at last year's meet. In the 300 Clayton bettered his record by 0.17 seconds, finishing at 38.20.
"That was just tremendous effort to repeat in both events and to break his records from last year," Grace coach Mike Maddox said. "Kade's grown some, added some weight, and so to keep those times and improve on those times I thought was just exceptional.
"You could tell he's just somebody who has put in the time to be a champion; it really showed."
Clayton's performances highlighted a medal-filled day for Grace hurdlers.
Lady Cougars senior Sydney Sumpter took home gold and silver, Mikaila Massenburge turned in fourth- and sixth-place finishes and Lin Gillham earned the Cougars points in the 110, running a 15.86.
Sumpter won the 100 hurdles with a 15.42, the top time in any division on the day. Massenburge, a fellow senior, took silver at 16.08.
"That was just great," Maddox said of Sumpter's win. "She just really shot out of the blocks and just ran a strong race all the way til the end.
"She's come a long, long way. It just shows you when a young person puts their mind to something how fast they can really improve. She really worked hard on her form the last two years. She has done an exceptional job."
In the girls 300 hurdles, Sumpter was edged by Midland Christian's Morgan Ashton for the gold, settling for a second-place finish with a time of 47.32. Massenburge finished sixth in the event at 49.43 to add a point for the Lady Cougars.
Also for the Cougars, the 1,600-meter relay team of Blake White, Statler Lewis, Gillham and Clayton took fourth in a close race, finishing at 3:29.32.
"They had their best race of the year," Maddox said. "It was a showdown. That was the best 4x4 relay that we've ever put together here at Grace."
The Grace boys finished ninth as a team with 30 points, 20 coming from Clayton's hurdling. Sumpter finished with 18 points for the Lady Cougars, who ended up eighth as a team with 34 points. Monica Lim nearly added points in the 1,600, finishing seventh at 5:54.53.
Roe, a senior, won silver in the shot put, which was scheduled for Friday but delayed a day due to weather. Roe threw 51 feet, 7 inches and beat out Grace senior Josh Boylan, who finished sixth at 47-07.
The Crusaders finished in a tie for 15th overall with 10 points, with Sam Becker adding two from pole vault on Friday. Chance Findlay just missed out on scoring for Gorman, taking seventh in the 800 (2:06.09).
The Lady Crusaders finished tied for 17th as a team, earning eight points with a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 400- and 800-meter relays. Maddie Raney, Monica Hand, Karis Stephen and Olivia Dugan ran both races for Gorman, finishing the 400 in 52.07 and the 800 in 1:49.50.
Grace's Lexi Trimble, Rilee Miller, Madison Newman and Whitney Bane finished eighth in the 400 relay, just 0.1 seconds behind Gorman.
The Guard earned their third-place finish based on a strong performance Friday, adding points in the 800 relay and 400 on Saturday.
Brook Hill's Victor Loolo, Seth Brasher, Alex Hale and Tyron Brown took third in the relay in 1:34.70. Jacob Dumesnil earned another point by finishing sixth in the 400 in 52.47.
TAPPS State Track And Field Championships
Day 2 East Texas Results
Team Standings — 8, Grace Community, 34; T17, Bishop Gorman, 8.
100-meter hurdles — 1, Sydney Sumpter, Grace, 15.42; 4, Mikaila Massenburge, Grace, 16.08.
300-meter hurdles — 2, Sydney Sumpter, Grace, 47.32; 6, Mikaila Massenburge, Grace, 49.43.
1,600-meter run — 7, Monica Lim, Grace, 5:54.53.
400-meter relay — 5, Bishop Gorman (Madeline Raney, Monica Hand, Karis Stephen, Olivia Dugan), 52.07; 8, Grace Community (Lexi Trimble, Rilee Miller, Madison Newman, Whitney Bane), 52.17.
800-meter relay — 5, Bishop Gorman (Madeline Raney, Monica Hand, Karis Stephen, Olivia Dugan), 1:49.50.
Team Standings — 9, Grace Community, 30; T15, Bishop Gorman, 10.
Shot Put — 2, Matthew Roe, Gorman, 51-07; 6, Josh Boylan, Grace, 47-07.
110-meter hurdles — 1, Kade Clayton, Grace, 14.39; 6, Lin Gillham, Grace, 15.86.
300-meter hurdles — 1, Kade Clayton, Grace, 38.20.
800-meter run — 7, Chance Findlay, Gorman, 2:06.09.
1,600-meter relay — 4, Grace Community (Blake White, Statler Lewis, Lin Gillham, Kade Clayton), 3:29.32.
Team Standings — T16, Bullard Brook Hill, 10.
Team Standings — 3, Bullard Brook Hill, 46.
400-meter run — 6, Jacob Dumesnil, Brook Hill, 52.47.
800-meter relay — 3, Brook Hill (Victor Loolo, Seth Brasher, Alex Hale, Tyrone Brown), 1:34.70.