LIBERTY HILL — District championships eluded the Lions and Lady Lions as the 8-3A track and field meet concluded Thursday, but Brownwood still earned 32 berths in next week’s area meet.
“It’s nice to win a district title when you can, but those are few and far between, especially in a district like this. You have to have everything fall right,” said Brownwood track and field head coach Don Hood. “The goal with a meet like this is to advance. I thought our kids ran their hearts out. They gave everything they had and that’s what it’s all about.”
The Lady Lions owned the lead in the varsity girls division until the final two events — the mile and mile relay — where Liberty Hill outscored Brownwood by a 40-17 margin. Liberty Hill finished with 179 points and the district title, compared to Brownwood’s second-place total of 159.
“On paper, we should have lost by 35 points and we lost by 20,” Hood said. “I had us scoring 145 and we scored 159 so we well outperformed what we should have done. Liberty Hill just didn’t mess up enough for us to catch them. They have a great distance program and when they went 1-2-3 in the mile that iced it. We had some injuries that hampered us a little bit and I could have done entries differently if I had known what was coming, but hindsight is 20-20. They fought up until the end and that’s all you can ask.”
Lampasas captured the 8-3A boys championship with 133 points, while the Lions found themselves in a second-tier logjam. Liberty Hill finished second with 119 points, Brownwood tallied 116 to place third and Burnet chalked up 114 points to come in fourth.
“I had us scoring 100 points and we finished with 116, so the boys also outperformed what they should have done on paper, and that’s just a testament to their character,” Hood said. “The relays ran really well, especially the 4x100 and 4x200 and the 4x400 qualified, which it’s been a while since we’ve done that. I was really pleased. I didn’t see anything that was disappointing.”
Brownwood qualified a dozen for area during Wednesday’s first day and earned four district championships. On Thursday, the Lions and Lady Lions added 20 more area entrants and three additional district crowns.
All three district titles were earned by the Lady Lions as Lexie Lewis finished first in both the 100 meters (12.11) and the 200 meters (26.09). The 4x200 relay team of Ebonie Adams, Trejouir Wilson, LaKisha Anthony and Lewis (1:47.46) also came in first.
Jessica Romero (2:30.29) in the 800 meters placed second in the running finals for the Lady Lions, while third-place efforts belonged to Kim Ervin (16.82) in the 100-meter hurdles, Dominique Revada (50.29) in the 300-meter hurdles, the 4x400 relay team of Adams, Amanda Chambers, Ervin and Anthony (4:18.93) and the 4x100 relay team of Wilson, Ervin, Chambers and Revada (52.34).
Coming in fourth to secure area berths were Revada (16.96) in the 100-meter hurdles and Victoria Hood (5:36.73) in the 1600 meters.
Also adding points to the Lady Lions’ team total were fifth-place finishers Romero (11:49.96) in the 3200 meters and Julianne Hood (2:31.12) in the 800 meters, and sixth-place finishers Anthony (13.55) in the 100 meters and Julianne Hood (6:05.76) in the 1600 meters.
For the Lions, coming in second in the running finals were Kaimon Ontiveros (23.09) in the 200 meters and the 4x100 relay team of Tristan Duque, Joe Zapata, Ontiveros and Connor Howard (43.73).
Third-place efforts were turned in by Dylan Person in both the 3200 meters (10:32.73) and the 1600 meters (4:43.15), Duque (11.26) in the 100 meters, Bryan Johnson (2:06.28) in the 800 meters, Chevy Robertson (23.63) in the 200 meters and the 4x200 relay team of Howard, Zapata, Ontiveros and Duque (1:31.55).
Coming in fourth were Johnson (54.25) in the 400 meters and the 4x400 relay team of Johnson, Robertson, Zapata and Colt Garrett (3:38.14), while Roosevelt Duffie was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.08).
The top four finishers in each event advanced to the 7-3A/8-3A area meet at Gordon Wood Stadium slated for Wednesday.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Hood said of the area meet. “I think our kids realize they’re pretty good. This gives them a shot at going to regionals, and anything can happen at regionals. I feel like it’s going to be a good meet for us.”