Lady Lions squad split between Graham, Texas Distance Festival

GRAHAM — The Brownwood Lions won the Possum Kingdom Relays, hosted by Graham High School, while a short-handed Lady Lions squad came in sixth on Saturday.

The Lions tallied 112 points in the Class 3A-5A Division, easily outdistancing District 5-4A rival Abilene Wylie, which produced 65 points in the runner-up spot. The Lady Lions, who also competed in the Texas Distance Festival at Southlake Carroll over the weekend, garnered 44 points which trailed meet champion Canyon (136), Stephenville (105), Graham (70.5), Abilene Wylie (60) and Brock (46.5).

The Lions brought home 11 medals — five gold, three silver and three bronze.

Winning their respective events were Braden Jetton in both the 100 meters (11.2) and 200 meters (22.13), Jason Sanchez in the 400 meters (51.42), A.J. McCarty in the triple jump (42-10.75), and the 4x200 relay team of Patrick Nash, Jetton, Royshad Henderson and A.J. McCarty (1:30.85).

Runners-up included Kirk Vickers in the triple jump (41-11), Paul David Quillin in the pole vault (13-6) and Nash in the 200 meters (22.72).

Coming in third were Sanchez in the 800 meters (2:04.63), Vickers in the long jump (19-8.5) and Nick Salazar in the high jump (6-0).

Finishing fourth was Nash in the 100 meters (11.38), while fifth-place efforts belonged to McCarty in the 100 meters (11.41) and Tommy Bowden in both the 110-meter hurdles (16.25) and 300-meter hurdles (42.59).

The Lady Lions earned four medals — one gold, one silver and a couple of bronze.

Trinity Jackson won the pole vault (10-0), placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.17) and finished third in the 300-meter hurdles (47.67).

The 4x100 relay team of Jackson, Lakyn Ratliff, Davalynn Monroe and Aleyia Cotton (51.33) also placed third.

Alyssa Couey came in fourth in the high jump (4-10), Kenya Barnes placed fifth in the discus (107-10) and sixth-place efforts belonged to Caitlyn Tucker in the pole vault (7-6) and Cotton in the long jump (14-6.75).

At the Texas Long Distance Festival at Southlake Carroll, Kyra Young had the best performance for Brownwood with a third-place time of 2:16.74 in the 800 meters. Young trailed only Alexandra Saunders of Coppell (2:14.46) and Bianca Carroccio of Plano (2:14.91).

Also competing were Audrey Boren, who finished 53rd in the 3200 meters (13:23.2); Izzy Lawrence, who came in 61st in the 1600 meters (5:40.58); and Alex Fowler, who placed 76th in the 1600 meters (5:49.33).

The Lions and Lady Lions are scheduled to compete at the San Angelo Relays Friday and Saturday.