Editor's Note: After district officials checked video Friday morning, Lady Lion Amy Compean was ruled to have finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.62, according to head coach Don Hood, giving Brownwood 43 area meet qualifiers.
ABILENE — The Brownwood Lady Lions secured their third consecutive district track and field championship, and teamed up with the third-place Lions to earn 43 area meet berths as the 5-4A meet concluded Thursday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium.
The Lady Lions ran away from the competition, amassing 237 points for an 80-point cushion over runner-up Big Spring (157 points). Host Wylie placed third with 132 points trailed by Snyder (72) and Sweetwater (7).
“We should win,” said Brownwood track and field head coach Don Hood. “The girls have worked really hard and we had the best team. I told them before we came in it’s not necessarily who has the best meet, it’s who messes up the least. Not only did we not mess up much, We had a lot of personal and season bests. We stepped up in a great way. The mark of a championship attitude is what do you do when you’re supposed to win, and we put the hammer down. That was really fun to watch.”
The Lions, meanwhile, amassed 144 points, which trailed meet champion Big Spring (208) and runner-up Wylie (170), but easily outdistanced Snyder (73) and Sweetwater (22).
“I thought we had as good of a meet as we could,” Hood said. “Third is where we were picked, and I don’t think we could have done anything better without a few more athletes to compete against these guys. Big Spring is unbelievably talented, they may win state this year. And Wylie is always good, especially at home. This may be the first time they didn’t win district in about 27 years. With the legacies of those two programs we’re competing against, to be in the hunt with them is a tribute to our guys. We competed hard, everyone qualified that should plus a couple more.”
The Lady Lions brought home 22 medals — eight gold, eight silver and six bronze — and secured 27 area round berths.
District championships were captured by Darby Crysler in the 3200 meters (12:26.66), Trinity Buitron in the 100-meter hurdles (15.54), Kyra Young in the 800 meters (2:22.34), Izzy Lawrence in the 1600 meters (5:38.16), Jaycee Lenz in the 300-meter hurdles (48.25), Aleyia Cotton in the long jump (16-10), Kayla McFarden in the pole vault (9-6) and the 4x200 relay team of Aleyia Cotton, Jamicah Bushnell, Davalynn Monroe and Tristan Escamilla (1:47.16).
Collecting silver medals were Buitron in both the 300-meter hurdles (48.44) and pole vault (9-0), Young in the 400 meters (1:01.53), Cotton in the 200 meters (25.39), Aleia Burkett in the shot put (32-7.5), Kenya Barnes in the discus (111-7.5), the 4x100 relay team of Cotton, Tristan Escamilla, Madison Chesser and Lakyn Ratliff (50.08) and the 4x400 relay team of Alyssa Couey, Lenz, Taylar Kinzler and Young (4:09.72).
Bringing home bronze medals were Lenz in the long jump (16-2.75), Crysler in the 1600 meters (5:42.62), Lawrence in the 3200 meters (12:58.33), Caroline Cloy in the 100-meter hurdles (16.22), Alyssa Preston in the shot put (32-2.5) and Alexis Larrea in the discus (108-4).
Securing area berths with fourth-place performances were Lenz in both the 100 meters (12.77) and triple jump (33-6), Couey in the 400 meters (1:03.26), Amy Compean in the 100-meter hurdles (17.62), Audrey Boren in the 3200 meters (13:09.79) and Alex Fowler in the 1600 meters (5:46.22).
Contributing to the Lady Lions’ point tally in fifth place were Fowler in the 800 meters (2:29.44), Compean in the 300-meter hurdles (50.77), Chyanne Ellett in the discus (98-3) and Caitlyn Tucker in the pole vault (7-6)
Finishing sixth were Taylar Kinzler in the 800 meters (2:39.55) and Torrey Miller in the high jump (4-8).
The Lions collected 13 medals — two gold, seven silver and four bronze — as 15 entries moved on to area.
Gold medals were awarded to A.J. McCarty in the triple jump (44-10.75) and McLane Moore in the pole vault (14-0).
Receiving silver medals were McCarty in the long jump (22-8), Braden Jetton in both the 100 meters (10.95) and 200 meters (22.25), Paul David Quillin in the pole vault (13-6), Kirk Vickers in the triple jump (42-9), Nick Salazar in the high jump (6-2) and Xavier Armenta in the 300-meter hurdles (39.81).
Bronze medal efforts were turned in by McCarty in the 200 meters (22.28) and all three relay teams — the 4x100 of Patrick Nash, Jetton, Gavin Jefferson and McCarty (43.56), the 4x200 of Nash, Vickers, Zach Strong, Jefferson (1:34.27) and the 4x400 of Vickers, Jason Sanchez, Strong and Armenta (3:38.07).
Clinching area berths with fourth-place efforts were Vickers in the long jump (21-4.5) and Blaize Infinger in the discus (125-0.5).
Placing fifth for the Lions were Strong in the high jump (5-10), McCarty in the 100 meters (11.14), Logan Dick in both the 3200 meters (11:38.55) and 1600 meters (5:12.44), Jason Sanchez in the 400 meters (52.78), Josh Estrada in the 800 meters (2:11.51), Liam McCraw in the shot put (41-7) and Aaron Menchaca in the pole vault (11-0).
Also chipping in points in sixth place were Estrada in the 1600 meters (5:12.84) and Tommy Bowden in the 110-meter hurdles (16.13).
Tears were flowing freely from the eyes of Hood, as well as from a couple of Lions and Lady Lions, as he addressed the squads following his final district meet in Brownwood. Earlier this spring Hood was hired as the track and field head coach for NCAA Division III LeTourneau University in Longview which is beginning a program.
“It’s sweet, really sweet,” Hood said of the Lady Lions’ district championship. “It’s great to leave on a high note, that’s how you want to go out. I couldn’t be happier and more proud.”
But the Lady Lions and Lions aren’t close to being done as the 5-4A/6-4A area meet falls Wednesday in Graham, followed by the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock April 28-29 and the UIL Class 4A State Championships in Austin May 12-13.
“I want to see us dominate, compete and continue to get better,” Hood said. “At this point in the season we should be getting better, and this week we did. We need to focus and keep training like we need to train, because there’s a lot left in the tank.”