Canyon girls, Muleshoe boys highlight Thursday’s UIL state track and field meet


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Canyon’s Hannah Stuart won two gold medals during the UIL Class 4A state track and field meet Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]
A quest for a second straight state championship didn’t quite come to fruition for Canyon but it didn’t mean the Lady Eagles left Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin without putting together some amazing performances during the UIL Class 4A-3A state track meet on Thursday.

Canyon came close to a repeat finishing fourth overall with 48 points just 10 behind class 4A state champ Iowa Colony.

“We had an impressive outing,” Canyon head coach Ray Baca said. “It couldn’t have been a better meet for us we just can’t control what everyone else does. I’m just so proud of this group.”

Senior and Missouri signee Hannah Stuart was the Lady Eagle that shined brightest on the University of Texas track. Stuart ended her illustrious Canyon career racking up two more gold medals.

Stuart started the Thursday morning kicking her last leg into gear to pull away from Cadence Patterson of Comal Canyon Lake to win the 3200-meter race for a second straight year with a new personal-best time of 10:36.58.

Close to 10 hours later, Stuart repeated once again defended her title this time in the 1600-meter run holding off teammate Addyson Bristow clocking a 455.04.

“I was a little nervous coming in,” Stuart said. “I’ve been training, and this was my last year, so I gave it everything I had and left it all out there. I wanted to leave my high school career on top and I’m glad I was able to do that and help my team.”

Canyon’s Addyson Bristow won the gold medal in the 800-meter run on Thursday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]
As for Bristow, the sophomore also had a spectacular outing. Bristow won the gold medal in the 800-meter run thanks to an eye-popping time of 2:10.61.

Later Thursday night, Bristow took the medal stand with a silver in the 1600-meter run right behind Stuart pacing a 4:56.29, and under an hour later ran once again as a part of the Lady Eagles mile relay team that got fourth with a season-best time of 3:54.18.

Canyon’s Ryan Fernandez won two silver medals during the UIL Class 4A state track and field meet Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]
On the boys side it was all Canyon ISD ending up on the medal stand. The Canyon long distance runners capped off a great season with Alex Niemiec getting gold in the 800-meter sprinting to a 1:53.08. Niemiec went on to finish fourth in the 1600-meter run (4:17.90).

Teammate Ryan Fernandez won two silver medals Thursday. Fernandez clocked a 9:19.36 for a silver in the 3200-meter race and a 4:13.55 to get his second silver in the 1600-meter run.

Brycen Williams of West Plains left Austin with a silver medal for a second consecutive season. Williams, a sophomore, cleared 6-foot-6 in the high jump Thursday morning.

The Muleshoe Mules mile relay team won the gold medal on Thursday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]
In one of the more exciting races Thursday night, the Muleshoe 1600-meter relay team had fans at Mike A. Myers on their feet thanks to a thrilling finish from anchor leg Daniel Sianez to help the Mules win the relay and bring the Mules home a gold medal.

After the team of Nathan Martens, Noah Cantu and Mauricio Herrera kept Muleshoe in contention, Herrera handed the final stick to Sianez with some work to do. Sianez turned on his speed on the final curve and in the final 50 yards passed Gunter’s Reid Robertson and University City Randolph’s Lee Mcmooain to cross the finish line in first place giving the Mules the unbelievable victory.

That race capped off a career night for the senior Sianez who also won a bronze medal in the 400-meter race with a time of 48.39.

Bushland’s Leah Ruthardt anchors the 800-meter relay to a silver medal on Thursday night. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]
The Bushland Lady Falcons showed up to Austin meaning business and it showed as the sprint relay team and 800-meter relay team blazed their way to new records.

The 400-meter relay team of Sloane Hale, Leah Ruthardt, Kenley King and Ashby Graham grabbed a bronze medal with a new season-best time of 48.30 to open Thursday.

Later in the night, the 800-meter relay squad of Hale, Graham, King and Ruthardt, stepped it up taking silver with a new school-record time of 1:41.10.

“I’m exceedingly proud of the commitment and leadership from our relay teams,” Bushland head coach Derek Mauldin said. “It’s always great when the hard work pays off. A school record was broken, and we had two trips to the medal stand. The accomplishments for our relay was truly a team effort. When a team loves each other and works to win that goes a long way.”

Rounding out the day was Canadian’s Preston Neumeier winning a silver in the long jump with a leap of 22-5 3/4. Childress junior Taylor Wiseman brought back a silver in the discus thanks to a toss of 141-7, while Friona’s Kitzy Welch won the bronze medal in the discus (121-4).

Spearman senior and West Texas A&M basketball signee Braylen Lusby ended her fantastic high school career getting on the medal stand one last time with a new personal-best and bronze medal in the 800-meter race clocking a 2:16.33.

For a look at the full results from Thursday’s UIL Class 4A-Class 3A state track and field meet please visit,

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