AUSTIN — The Bangs Lady Dragons re-wrote the record books during their 2009 track and field season and earned six team points at the UIL Class 2A state track and field meet, but they just missed out on their goal of earning a medal Friday at the University of Texas’ Myers Stadium.
Andrea Evers, who qualified in three events for the Lady Dragons, came up inches short of claiming the bronze medal in her second state appearance in the long jump. Evers placed fourth with a best distance of 17-5.25, which came on her final leap.
Jasmine Kent of Universal City Randolph won the event with a gold medal effort of 18-11.5, trailed by silver medalist Shakita Webb (18-6) of Anahuac and bronze medalist Keraveon Rodgers of Troup (17-10.5).
Evers, the Region I-2A champion who also holds the Bangs school record in the girls long jump, improved upon her state effort from a year ago, as she finished seventh with a leap of 15-9.5 in 2008.
In the triple jump, Evers came in sixth with a leap of 36-2, four inches shy of her regional championship mark of 36-6. Evers also holds the Bangs school record in that event.
Anahuac’s Webb (38-3.5) grabbed the gold in the triple jump, while Marissa Cooksey of Grandview (38-3) and Brittany Kinney of Karnes City (37-7.75) also medaled. Alexus Daniels of Rice (37-4.75) placed fourth, while Rodgers of Troup (36-6.75) came in fifth.
Lady Dragon 800-meter runner Chelsy Lipsey, who was attempting to break the school record of 2:21.2 as well as medal, came in sixth place with a time of 2:23:14, almost a full second better than her regional runner-up performance of 2:23.97.
Payton Shoush of Brock (2:19.59), won the 800-meter state title, followed by Cierra Grubbs of Union Grove (2:20.02), Kara Lucherk of Poth (2:21.45), Morgan Halfmann of Ballinger (2:22.31) and Emily Koenig of Little River Academy (2:23)
The Lady Dragons’ sprint relay team of Evers, Hillary Evans, Antoinette Evers and Danielle Denbow eclipsed their regional qualifying time of 50.19 with a 49.88, but that left them in eighth place overall.
Bangs, which also finished behind sixth-place Childress (49.67) at regionals, trailed state champion Wallis Brazos (48.85), Omaha Pewitt (49.08), Trinity (49.29), Grandview (49.31), Universal City Randolph (49.61), Childress and Winnie East Chambers (49.7).
The Brown County contingent has one student-athlete yet to compete at state as Brownwood’s Jalisa Hall — the Region I-3A discus champion — will test her mettle in the 3A girls discus at 10:30 a.m. today.