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Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

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Up next, regionals

Seventeen track and field athletes advance
Olivia Ingram
Brad Sowersby will make an appearance at regionals in the 4X200 and 4X100 relays. He will also be joined with Liam Magee, Caden Spradling, and Conor Drott looking to advance.

Seventeen track and field athletes advanced to region April 19-20 after placing in the top four at the area meet Wednesday in New Braunfels.

Seniors Jazmyn Singh, Jaxson Maynard and Ella Pickron set the pace to return to state with commanding performances.

Maynard’s discus throw of 169-11.00 feet bested second place by two feet while Singh’s 400 meter dash time was more than a second ahead of the next fastest, and Izabella Sutherland was not far behind in third.

In pole vault, Pickron and freshman teammate Sofia Mitschke cleared the bar at 11-06 and 11-0 respectively while third place was 10 feet. 

The girls 4X400 m relay team, anchored by Singh, came in at 3:54.84, well ahead of Cedar Park’s silver medal performance of 3:59.02. Izabella Sutherland, Lilly Koenig and Mia Perez also ran in the relay.

Maycee Moody, Avianna Miller, Karis Leyendecker and Singh took gold in the 4X100 meter relay to advance to region. The boys 4X100 relay and 4X200 relay of Bradley Sowersby, Liam Magee, Caden Spradling, Conor Drott placed second and third respectively to punch their card to the next level.

Mia Perez placed third in the 800 and 1600 meter races as well as Moody in the 100 meter hurdles, and Miller took second in the 200 meter dash. Sowerby advanced with his fourth place in the 100 meter along with Bradyn Youngdahl fourth in the 3200 meter.


5A Boys 100 Meter Dash 

4  Bradley Sowersby 10.76

7 Liam Magee 10.94


5A Boys 400 Meter Dash 

6  Gavin Kantorak 52.36


5A Boys 1600 Meter Run 

7 Bradyn Youngdahl 4:47.56


5A Boys 3200 Meter Run 

4  Bradyn Youngdahl 9:58.92


5A Boys 4×100 Meter Relay 

2 Smithson Valley 42.17 Bradley Sowersby, Caden Spradling, Liam Magee, Conor Drott


5A Boys 4×200 Meter Relay 

3  Smithson Valley 1:29.69 Bradley Sowersby, Liam Magee, Caden Spradling, Conor Drott


5A Boys 4×400 Meter Relay 

7  Smithson Valley 3:31.23


5A Boys Discus 

1  Jaxson Maynard 169-11.00

5 Dylan Gass 150-03.00


5A Boys Shot Put 

5 Hans Scheff 46-06.70

6  Dylan Gass 46-00.50


5A Girls 200 Meter Dash 

2  Avianna Miller 24.75


5A Girls 400 Meter Dash 

1  Jazmyn Singh 57.51

3  Izabella Sutherland 59.79


5A Girls 800 Meter Run 

3 Mia Perez 2:16.00

6 Lilly Koenig 2:24.89


5A Girls 1600 Meter Run 

3 Mia Perez 5:22.48


5A Girls 100 Meter Hurdles 

3 Maycee Moody 15.33


5A Girls 300 Meter Hurdles 

5  Erika Arzu Barrios 47.66


5A Girls 4×100 Meter Relay 

1 Smithson Valley 47.73 Maycee Moody, Avianna Miller, Karis Leyendecker, Jazmyn Singh


5A Girls 4×200 Meter Relay 

7 Smithson Valley 1:47.63 Payton Todd, Karis Leyendecker, Annabel Duncan and Ella Pickron


5A Girls 4×400 Meter Relay 

1  Smithson Valley 3:54.84 Izabella Sutherland, Lilly Koenig, Mia Perez, Jazmyn Singh


5A Girls High Jump 

3 Aliya Murphy 5-02.00

5 Bryn Biesenbach 5-02.00


5A Girls Triple Jump 

5  Avianna Miller 37-06.00


5A Girls Pole Vault 

1  Ella Pickron 11-06.00

2  Sofia Mitschke 11-00.00


5A Girls Discus 

5 Lisabeth Steinhiser 98-06.00


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