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The College Report: Elysian Fields' Prather wins track honor at UT Tyler

Feb. 8, 2018 at 10:33 p.m.


Elysian Fields graduate Kaylee Prather was named the Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week in the American Southwest Conference. She is amidst her senior season at the University of Texas at Tyler where she competes in sprints and long jump.

Prather ran a time of 8.10 seconds in the 60-meter dash where she placed 18th at the Lion Open and Multi's this past weekend at Missouri Southern. Her run time is good to hold her spot at 17th in the South/Southeast Region. She also set a new Patriot record in the long jump by clearing 5.47 meters, which placed her fifth. Her long jump mark tied her for 23rd in the country and second in the region.

The Patriots will continue the season Saturday as they compete in the Broncho Open in Norman, Oklahoma. After the meet, UT Tyler will take a two-week rest and prepare for the East Texas Time Trials.

Kyra Winn (Union Grove) also competed this past weekend at the Missouri Southern Lion Open and Multi's for UT Tyler. Winn was a member of the Union Grove state championship track team and now competes as a sprinter for the Patriots. In her first indoor track meet, she ran in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash.

Jared Love (Longview) competed in the New Mexico Classic and Multi's this past weekend for Stephen F. Austin State University. Love is a sprints runner in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash, and he came up with a third place preliminary finish time of 6.94 seconds in the 60m. He was unable to place in the finals. The Lumber Jacks will return to action Friday at the Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston.

Zane Boles (Henderson) was voted the American Southwest Conference Football Distinguished Scholar-Athlete of the year. Boles is the first ASC student-athlete to win back-to-back NCAA Elite 90 Awards and was also an Academic All-District VIII First Team selection. He averaged 38.6 yards per punt for the Cru this season with ten kicks of 50 or more yards. He put 15 kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had a long boot of 71 yards. Boles' play helped lead the Cru to the ASC championship and a National Runner-Up finish per the University of Mary Hardon Baylor's website.

Sky'Lynn Holmes (Pine Tree) is having a decent junior campaign with the Trojans of Troy University. On the season, Holmes has played in 21 games and started in nine. She is averaging 20.5 minutes of playing time and made 58 field goals. At the free throw line, Holmes has made 24-of-44 and has 140 points on the season. She has collected 156 rebounds and is averaging 7.4 per game. The Trojans competed against Arkansas State Thursday and will face Little Rock on Saturday as they close in on the end of the regular season.

Madison Martin (Spring Hill) and the rest of the Hendrix College Warriors competed this past Sunday against Berry College. Martin started in the game and played for a total of 29 minutes. She was 6-for-13 from the field and made 3-of-4 free throws for a total of 15 points on the game. Martin collected 12 rebounds while forcing four turnovers and one block. The Warriors will return to action Friday against Birmingham-Southern.

Tylia Sylestine (Sabine) began her junior softball season this past week where she competes for the Pioneers of Texas Woman's University. Sylestine started in all five games and had 16 at bats registered in the Desert Stinger tournament. On four hits, she earned two runs and has a current batting average of .250. The Pioneers will return to action on Friday against St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

Amber Williams (Kilgore) will begin her junior season at UT Dallas with the Comets on Saturday as they take on UMHB. Williams is a transfer from Kilgore College where she spent two seasons with the Rangers and earned academic all-conference honors. She will play infield for the Comets and bring experience to the team this season.

Jansen McCurdy (White Oak) began his senior season with Southern Arkansas this past weekend. The Muleriders played in the Air Hogs DII Classic where they won 3-of-4 games. McCurdy has played and started in three games this season where he has been at bat 11 times. He has had four runs on five hits and sits at a .455 batting average. The Muleriders returned to action Thursday for a four-day series with Lindenwood University.

Blaine Parker (Hallsville) began his freshman season at East Texas Baptist University this past weekend. The Tigers played in the Centenary Tournament in Shreveport where they came out with a 2-2 record. Parker pitched in five innings and collected five strikeouts, he gave up two runs and had no earned runs. He only allowed three walks in his one game on the mound. ETBU will return to action on Friday in a three-day series with Southwestern University.

(Email: cnganus@yahoo.com)

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