By Josh Havard
After a stellar senior season, Khalil Covington’s season came to an end just an inch short of a trip to the state track and field meet as he placed third in this past week’s Class 4A Region III Track Meet at Sam Houston State’s Bowers Stadium in Huntsville.
Covington topped 6-feet-6 in the high jump, along with two other competitors at the meet. However Navasota’s Ronnie Jackson, who also cleared 6-feet-6 in the event, earned the second spot.
It was a highly competitive event with West Orange-Stark’s Jared Dupree clearing 6-feet-7 to win the event.
Just missing out on the state berth, Covington matched his leap of 6-feet-6, which was enough to win the area meet two weeks earlier.
He wasn’t the only Diboll athlete who had a strong showing at the regional track meet.
Da’Marcus Hubert also earned points for the Lumberjacks by placing fifth in the shot put. He had a throw of 48-feet-11. Lorena’s Lane Michna won the event with a throw of 58-feet-8.
Chas Walls competed in a pair of events, taking a top-8 finish in each. He had a jump of 20-feet-2 to place eighth in the long jump.
Walls also had a leap of 42-feet-9 to place seventh in the triple jump.
Daniel Zarzosa placed 13th at regional for Diboll with a throw of 41-feet-11 in the shot put.
Kevin Hurley rounded out the regional competitors for Diboll with a leap of 18-feet-7, placing 15th in the long jump.
Diboll’s girls also had representation at the regional meet with Kiara Menefee placing 11th in the shot put with a distance of 33-feet-3.
The Texas Track and Field State Meet will be held May 12-14 at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.