Pictured are the group of Lady Bucks heading to the Region I-2A track meet to be held Friday and Saturday, in Odessa. Standing (l to r), Landre Griffin and
Pictured are the group of Lady Bucks heading to the Region I-2A track meet to be held Friday and Saturday, in Odessa. Standing (l to r), Landre Griffin and Nocona Swindell; front row (l to r) Heather Reatherford, Heidi O Dell and Madi King; second row (l to r) Kenzie Donaldson, LaQuishea Coleman, Niki Bounds and Madison Hatchett; top row (l to r) Hanna Singleton, Megan Herrington and Emma Davis.
The Breckenridge Lady Bucks won the Area meet between District 7-2A and 8-2A on Thursday, April 18, in Jacksboro.
The Lady Bucks captured first place with a total of 118 points.
The Bucks finished in seventh place with a total of 44.5 points.
This is the first year for the UIL to hold area meets to qualify for regionals.
The top four finishers in each event at the area meet move on to compete at regionals which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, in Odessa at Ratliff Stadium.
The road to Odessa  has been filled with many obstacles for the Lady Bucks.
A constant string of injuries and illnesses have caused a shuffling among the relay teams all season.
“We've had to patch together relays and put people in different events at almost every meet,” Lady Bucks coach Kim Dieterich  said. “It's been a battle all year to get everyone healthy. It's made us more versatile but it has hurt our consistency.”
 Sophomore Nocona Swindell won three gold medals at Jacksboro.
Swindell cleared 10-6 to win the pole vault. She also won both the 100 meter hurdles (15.67) and 300 hurdles (49.02).
Sophomore LaQuishea Coleman took the championship in the 100 dash with a time of 12.50.
The 800 relay team of junior Hanna Singleton, freshman Emma Davis, sophomore Madi King and Coleman finished in first place with a time of 1:48.96.
The 1,600 relay team of  junior Landre Griffin, Davis, King and Singleton also won first  place with a time of 4:16.04.
The 400 relay team of freshman Heather Reatherford, sophomore Niki Bounds, King and Coleman finished in second place with a time of 52.42.
Davis also qualified in the triple jump with a distance of 35-73/4 which was good for second and in the 200 dash with a third place time of 27.26.
Sophomore Kenzie Donaldson advances with a third place finish in the pole vault, clearing a personal best 9-6.
On the boys side, senior long distance runner Mike Mitchell took double-gold by winning both the 1,600 run and 3,200 run.
Mitchell's season best time of 4:42.68 in the 1,600 puts him among the top in the region. His best time of 10:14.62 in the 3,200 is second best in the region.
“If Mike can run like he's capable, he could advance to State,” Bucks coach Rod Thompson said. “It's not going to be easy. There will be some really good competition there.”
The 800 relay team of seniors Alex Benitez, Pedro Ramirez, Nathan Turner and freshman Tyrin West qualified with a third place time of 1:35.13.
Ramirez advanced in the 110 hurdles with a fourth place finish in a time of 15.48.
The Bucks regional qualifiers are (l to r) Mike Mitchell, Tyrin West, Austin Dooley, Ray Gonzales, Nathan Turner, Pedro Ramirez and Alex Benitez.
The Bucks regional qualifiers are (l to r) Mike Mitchell, Tyrin West, Austin Dooley, Ray Gonzales, Nathan Turner, Pedro Ramirez and Alex Benitez.

The top two from each event as well as the top third place finisher among the four regionals will advance to the state meet to be held Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, in Austin.