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Lindsay’s Autumn Murrill gets out of the starting blocks quickly on the opening leg of the 800-meter relay May 11 in Austin. Murrill brought the Lady Knights into the second handoff in second place. Lindsay won the event.

(©Staff photo by Marvin Hogan)
Gainesville Daily Register

It was their third state title, in three different attempts this season.

Earlier in the year, the Lady Knights captured the Class A cross country title.

On March 3, the Lady Knights’ basketball team won the Class A, Division I state title.

On a relative cool, for May, Friday night, the Lady Knights held off the hard-charging Vega Lady Longhorns, 57-44, before a crowd of 10,000 at Mike A. Myers Track Stadium.

The Lady Knights came out of the field events with a 3-2 lead over the Lady Longhorns.

Chelsea Hermes tied Garden City’s K’Lann Niehues for fourth place in the triple jump to give the Lady Knights the lead. The two performers split the four points awarded for fourth and the 2 points awarded for fifth.

The Lady Longhorns got their two points from Marie Jobe’s fifth place finish in the high jump, with a jump of 5-0.

The Lady Knights took a 13-2 lead after Hermes returned to place third in the 800-meter run (for 8 points) and Rose Hermes won fifth (for 2 points).

The Lady Longhorns got on the scoreboard, in the running events, in the 800-meter relay by scoring 16 points for a second place finish.

However, the Lady Knights quartet of Autumn Murrill, Karissa Reiter, Brittany Anderle and Stephanie Neu outdueled Vega and won first in the event. This upped the Lady Knights’ lead to 33-18.

The Lady Knights bested the Lady Longhorns by 55-hundredths of a second (1:47.37 to 1: 47.92).

Murrill got Lindsay off the a good first leg and handed off to Reiter with the Lady Knights in second place.

Reiter took the lead, going into the second turn and Anderle moved the lead from 5 yards to 8.

Neu held off Vega’s Marie Jobe at the finish line to give the Lady Knights the win.

The Lady Longhorns gained ground as Michelle Fangman took third (for 6 points) in the 300-meter hurdles. The Lady Knights didn’t have an entry in this event.

This left the Lady Knights ahead 33-24.

The Lady Knights clinched the Class A title with Chelsea Hermes’ second place finish in the 1600-meter run. Her 8 points give the Lady Knights a 41-24 lead.

This left the Lady Knights ahead by 24 points with only the 1600-meter relay left to run.

All Lindsay had to do to win the meet was place at least fourth in the final event on the program.

Even if the Lady Longhorns won the event and upped their total to 44 points, the 4 points the Lady Knights would get for fourth place would give them a 45-44 victory.

The Lady Knights team of Rose Hermes, Reiter, Chelsea Hermes and Neu made sure the margin was more than one point. They turned on a second place time of 4:04.09 to bring their team total to 57 points.

The Vega team of Carly Johnson, Janae Noggler, Jandi Noggler and Fangman took first with a time of 4:02.97.

However, it was not enough.

The Lady Knights also got a seventh place finish from Elizabeth Neu in the shot put with a toss of 35-8.

In other individual events involving Cooke County athletes, Valley View’s Josh York capped a sterling career by placing second in the 3200-meter run and winning the 1600-meter run.

The Eagle senior was edged by Santo’s Dillian Williams (9:50.73 to 10:00) in the 3200-meter run.

York comeback later in the evening to win the 1600-meters with a time of 4:30.07. Williams took second with a time of 4:30.10.

Valley View’s Darwin Locklin also placed in the event he was entered.

The Eagles 400-meter runner took sixth in the event with a time of 52.21.

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