The Lamar High School track and field tandem of seniors Julia Heymach and Milan Young hauled in five gold medals between them at the Region III-6A meet at Columbia Challenger Stadium in League City.
Heymach won gold medals in the 800, mile (1,600) and two-mile (3,200) races. Already a two-time state champion in the mile and once in the two-mile event, Heymach added the 800-meter run to her resume’ in 2017.
After finishing a close runner-up to Morgan Stewart of Jersey Village in last week’s area meet 800-meter run held at Cypress Falls High School, Heymach turned the tables in the regional meet. Heymach will attend Stanford University next fall.
Young won both the 100- and 300-meter hurdle races and finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with no rest following the shorter hurdle race.
“When I’m not feeling my best, I just look at how hard Milan races and trains and she pushes me,” Heymach said. “I couldn’t ask for a better teammate.”
The Lamar tandem garnered 54 points to finish runner-up to four-time defending regional champion Cypress Springs. Gold medals in all three relays helped Cy Springs tally 81 points.
“We pull for each other and we give energy to each other,” said Young, an LSU signee. “We get to compete together at one more meet.”
George Ranch earned the boys’ Class 6A regional title with 74 points to outlast runner-up Langham Creek (62). The Longhorns won two relays (4X100, 4X400) along with the 400-meter dash (Champion Allison/46.3) and the 300-meter hurdles (Jayson Baldridge/36.07).
The top two finishers in each event from the four regions in Texas advance to the UIL state meet in Austin (May 11-13), along with the next best third-place finisher (at-large) from all four regions.