Nine from BL qualify for state track meet

Nine from BL qualify for state track meet

LANCASTER — Nine Bishop Lynch athletes will compete at next week's TAPPS State Track and Field Championships, including one looking to repeat as state champion after qualifying during Thursday's regional meet at Beverly D. Humphrey Stadium in Lancaster.

Madison White won the North Regional title in the high jump, ensuring she will have a chance to defense her 2017 state title, when the top TAPPS competitors from around the state converge on Midway ISD's Panther Stadium next Friday and Saturday.

White isn't the only one making a return trip to Waco, she'll be joined by Natalie Lark, Diana Effiom, Giann Santos, Ryan Huntress, Kelli Nary and Jane Onuoha, who all competed at last year's state meet.

Effiom won regional titles in both shot put and discus and Huntress took the regional title yesterday in pole vault. Qualifying with silver-medal finishes Thursday were Onuoha (100 hurdles), Nary (high jump), Lark (pole vault). Santos was third in discus at the regional meet.

Jake Bayouth (discus) and Cole Rappaport (pole vault) will make their state debuts after runner-up finishes in Lancaster.

Eight of the nine qualifiers will compete Friday, May 4 as field events kick off at 9 am. Onuoha will be the lone Saturday (May 5) competitor. Running events also begin at 9 am.