Early's Tidwell, Tomlinson both bring home silver, May's Brown earns bronze in Friday action

AUSTIN — Brown County athletes brought home three medals from the UIL Track and Field State Championships at the University of Texas’ Myers Stadium Friday, with Early’s duo of Tuesdi Tidwell and Trinity Tomlinson both earning silvers while May’s Jacob Brown collected a bronze.

Tidwell, a Baylor signee making her fourth consecutive appearance at state in the Class 3A girls pole vault, accomplished two of her goals — setting a new personal record of 12-9, which also eclipsed the previous state meet record of 12-6. However, Farmersville’s Chloe Wall was just a tad better Friday, clearing 13-0, as Tidwell settled for the second silver medal of her career, matching her performance as a sophomore.

Tomlinson also finished second in the Class 3A girls high jump (5-7), placing behind Nikaya Neal of George West. Both competitors cleared 5-7 on the first try, but Tomlinson needed three efforts to advance at 5-6, compared to one by Neal, which decided the victor. Neal cleared all heights on the first effort until 5-8, while Tomlinson required two at 5-2, three at 5-4, one at 5-5 and three at 5-6.

Brown finished third in the Class A boys triple jump with a best effort of 43-1, which came on his final attempt. Brown was the state wild card, posting the best third-place regional time among the state’s four regions. Prior to his final jump, Brown was sitting in sixth place. Dalton Fortner from Lefors (43-11.75) won the state championship, while Holden Senclair from Cross Plains (43-4.5) earned the silver medal.

Zephyr senior Bishop Norman was fifth in the Class A boys shot put (46-1.25), improving by one spot over his state performance a year ago. Norman’s best effort occurred on his second attempt, which was a little over two feet shying of medaling. Jaylen Short of Grady won the state championship at 49-7.5, Alex Sarmiento of Jonesboro (49-0.75) was second and Karter Morris of Aspermont (48-3.75) came in third.

In the Class A boys 4x200 relay, the Blanket Tigers foursome of Trenten Varner, Blake Hood, Logan Wheeler and Jonathan Sifuentes was clocked at 1:34.48, good for sixth place. Turkey Valley (1:30.99) sprinted its way to the state championship, followed by runner-up Borden County (1:31.46) and bronze medalist Blum (1:31.87). The Tigers were less than a tenth of a second behind fifth-place Milford (1:34.4) and just over a second back of fourth-place Cross Plains (1:33.11).

Zephyr senior Andrea Howard placed seventh in the Class A girls shot put (34-2), equaling her state performance as a junior. Howard’s best effort came on her final attempt, which was almost a foot better than her previous five tries. The state championship was claimed by Zoe Burleson of Nueces Canyon (40-10.5).

Four Brown County entries remain — all from Brownwood — on Saturday.

Senior McLane Moore will compete in the Class 4A boys pole vault at 3:30 p.m., while freshman A.J. McCarty will test his mettle in the 4A boys long jump at 4 p.m. Junior Kyra Young returns to the 4A girls 800 meters competition at 6:20 p.m., while the Lady Lions 4x400 relay team takes the track at 9:15 p.m.