LAMPASAS — Brownwood High School track and field head coach Don Hood has set the same goal every year prior to the district meet — to come home with the district championship. Thursday night, both the Lions and Lady Lions finally experienced that achievement at the District 8-3A track and field championships.
The Lady Lions won the girls portion of the meet by 15 points, while the Lions claimed the boys title by a mere two points.
“That was sweet,” Hood said in a phone interview Thursday night. “I figured the girls would have a great shot at winning, but I knew the guys would have to have almost a perfect meet — and they almost did. We qualified one kid in almost every single field event, boys and girls, and any time you have that kind of depth you’re going to have success.”
Official times and places were not available as of press time Thursday night, but Hood reeled off the qualifiers for the District 7-3A/8-3A area meet, which will take place April 18 in Stephenville. The top four finishers in each event at area will move on to the Region I-3A meet in Lubbock April 26-27.
To advance to area, competitors had to place in the top three. Area qualifiers for the Lady Lions, according to Hood, included Sharday Melvin in the long jump, triple jump, 300-meter hurdles and 200 meters; Caroline Kirbo in the pole vault after setting a school record of 11 feet; Victoria Henry, who won both the discus and shot put; Lexie Lewis in both the 100 and 200 meters; Julianne Hood in the 800 meters; Hood and Katy Jacobs in the 1600 meters; Jacobs and Jessica Romero in the 3200 meters; and the sprint relay team of Teara Burleson, Kim Ervin, Lakeisha Anthony and Kirbo.
“The girls had a really good meet,” Hood said. “We scored 14 or 16 points the first day and when you do that, you always have chance to do something. The relays ran faster than they have all year and the field event kids performed out of their minds. Everyone did what they were supposed to do.”
On the boys’ side, area qualifiers, according to Hood, were Cullen Ruth in both the shot put and discus; Demarcus Whinery in the triple jump, 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles; Seth Owen in the long jump and high jump; Matt Gomez in the pole vault; Bryan Johnson in both the 800 meters and 400 meters; Jared Crouch, who won the 100 meters despite two hamstring pulls; Cooper Howey in the 200 meters; Dylan Person in both the mile and two-mile; and the sprint relay team of Howey, Crouch, Owen and Kaimon Ontiveros.
“It was a total team effort,” Hood said. “ You can’t pick one guy who won it for them. Everyone that scored had to score what they scored. One place lower and we don’t win the meet. There was a lot of nip and tuck, catching guys right at the finish and holding off guys by a tenth of a second. It was a great team win and I’m so proud of the guys.”
More information on the District 8-3A track and field meet will appear in a future edition of the Bulletin.