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Montwood’s William McLilly prepares for the UIL regional circuit

Vaseline 3 months ago

William McLilly had a passion for competing on the basketball court, but gradually his passion changed and the high jump in athletics took over.

Now the senior is one step away from a spot in the Class 6A state track and field meet. McLilly heads into this weekend’s Region I-6A meet at Maverick Stadium in Arlington with plenty of momentum. He claimed the District 1-6A title, followed by an area title and a 6-foot, 2-inch mark last Friday at Franklin High School.

“My confidence is good now and I feel good going into regionals,” he said. “As I progress in this event I am learning more and more with each meet. The winning area was big for me, I want to be consistent and the regionals are a big opportunity for me to prove myself. A trip to state would be it make it worthwhile.”

McLilly can earn an automatic spot with a top two finish.

Montwood coach Orlando Hairston said he believes McLilly can do big things at the regional meet.

“William has come so far in his high jump career,” Hairston said. “He has so much potential in the event and he will continue to get better in the future.”

That future includes college attendance at Division II Eastern New Mexico.

“I still have so much growth in the high jump and I will try to compete in the other jumps,” McLilly said. “Having the opportunity to compete at a higher level is something I’m excited about and it gives me the opportunity to compete at a different level.”

Athletes watch the UIL Region I-6A track and field championships

Class 6A

  • Adelynn RodriguezEastwood, 1,600 and 3,200 meters
  • Aidan Danny TorresEastwood, 3,200 meters and 1,600 meters
  • Sarah DovenbargerEastlake, pole vault
  • Mont PackerFranklin, pole vault
  • Jordan MoralesFranklin, first in 100 meters
  • Emily OrrFranklin, half a mile
  • Mark BarajasPebble Hills, half a mile
  • Owen LevesqueCoronado 110 meter hurdles

Class 4A and 5A

  • Idaly MartinezFabens, 100, 200 meters and long jump.
  • Alexia MartinezFabens, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
  • Ajah HikerSan Elizario, 100 meters hurdles and triple jump
  • Amari BrownBel Air, 100 yards.
  • Cydney DavisBel Air, triple jump, 100 meter hurdles.
  • Rebekah DuranChapin, 800 and 1,600 meters
  • Julianna Patton100 meters hurdles, 300 meters hurdles and long jump.
  • Delanie HarrisonBurges, shot put and discus throw.
  • Salvador DuarteAustin, 100 and 200 meters.
  • Isaac RochaClint, 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles.
  • Joseph Gomez WittenParkland, 100 and 200 meters.
  • Seth TruaxChapin, who achieved Class 5A status last year, won the 800 meters.
  • Miles WestbrookEl Paso High, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

More: HS Scoreboard El Paso Times high school sports scoreboard for the week of April 15-20

Felix F. Chavez can be reached at [email protected]; @Fchavezeptimes on X