With 34 entrants in the Region I-4A track and field meet, the Brownwood Lions and Lady Lions are targeting multiple berths into the UIL Class 4A track and field state meet.
Regional action begins at 9 a.m. Friday at Lowrey Field with the boys pole vault, high jump and shot put, followed by the boys triple jump, girls discus and girls long jump at 11 a.m. The 3200 meters will take place at 10:30 a.m., with running prelims to begin at 2:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the boys discus and long jump and girls high jump and shot put start at 9 a.m., with the girls triple jump, boys discus and boys long jump slated to begin at 11 a.m. Running finals start at 2:30 p.m.
Both the Lions and Lady Lions are coming off district and area championships.
The Lady Lions have 20 entrants in the meet, including seven area champs — Trinity Jackson in the 300-meter hurdles (46.05), 100-meter hurdles (15.14) and pole vault (10-0); Kyra Young in the 1600 meters (5:22.44) and 800 meters (2:19.7); and Aleyia Cotton in the 400 meters (59.08) and long jump (17-7.5).
The Lions are sending 14 entrants to Lubbock including four area champions — A.J. McCarty in both the long jump (22-4.75) and triple jump (44-11.25), Patrick Nash in the 100 meters (10.69) and Paul David Quillin in the pole vault (14-3).
Area runners-up competing at area for the Lady Lions include Caroline Cloy in the triple jump (33-6), Chyanne Ellett in the discus (124-11), Izzy Lawrence in the 1600 meters (5:38.15), and the 4x200 relay team of Cotton, Alyssa Couey, Davalynn Monroe and Young (4:04.13).
For the Lions, area runners-up included Tommy Bowden in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.37) and 300-meter hurdles (42.12), Braden Jetton in the 200 meters (21.92), Jason Sanchez in the 400 meters (51.62), Blaize Infinger in the discus (141-9.25), Nick Salazar in the high jump (6-2), the 4x100 relay of Nash, Jetton, McCarty and Gavin Jefferson (42.74) and the 4x400 relay of Royshad Henderson, Jason Sanchez, Jesse Sanchez and McCarty (3:26.72).
Third-place area qualifiers for the Lady Lions were Ashlyn Storm in the long jump (16-2.25), Alyssa Preston in the shot put (33-10.25), Kenya Barnes in the discus (123-2), Lawrence in the 3200 meters (13:08.20), and Cloy in the 100-meter hurdles (15.95).
For the Lions, Kirk Vickers advanced to area with a bronze medal in the triple jump (42-5.5), while Liam McCraw punched his ticket to regionals with a fourth-place effort in the discus (122-11.25).
Fourth-place efforts for the Lady Lions were turned in by Audrey Boren in the 3200 meters (13:17.1), Alyssa Couey in the 800 meters (2:33.55), Alex Fowler in the 1600 meters (5:42.89) and the 4x100 relay of Jackson, Lakyn Ratliff, Monroe and Cotton (50.02).
The top two finishers in each event advance to state, and the best third-place performer among the four regions earns a wild card berth to Austin. The state meet will take place May 11-12 at the University of Texas’ Myers Stadium.