Qualifying for 19 events at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Games of Texas last summer, the Brownwood Flyin’ Lions summer track program more than doubled its number of entrants during Saturday’s TAAF Region 8 Meet at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Brownwood earned a total of 43 berths — 29 on the girls side and 14 on the boys — to the state meet by medaling at the regional. The 2014 TAAF Games of Texas are slated for July 31-Aug. 4 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
“I’m very proud of them,” said Brownwood High track and field head coach Don Hood, who also coordinates the summer track program. “For some of them, this was their first real track meet. Every time I looked up it seemed like we had someone finishing in the top three. We did great in the field events and the relays, especially the girls.
“I was also really pleased to see a lot of parents and other kids there cheering and supporting their friends. Other than it being extremely hot, it was a great day.”
In girls action Saturday, Brownwood finished first in 14 events, came in second in nine more and chipped in six third-place performances. The boys tallied six gold medals, three silver and five bronze.
In the 14U division, Aleyia Cotton collected three gold medals in the long jump (14-3.5), 100 meters (14.07) and 200 meters (28.77). Kyra Young captured a pair of golds in the 3200 meters (14.23.77) and 1600 meters (6:31.41).
Also earning gold for the Flyin’ Lion girls were Sharday Melvin in the 18U long jump (16-0.5); McKenzie Cox in the 16U high jump (4-10); Alyssa Couey in the 12U high jump (4-0); Abigail Burks in the 12U 80-meter hurdles (17.43); Jensen Hutchins in the 12U 100 meters (13.87); and Raylee Hutchins in the 8U high jump (2-8).
Girls relays placing first included the 10U 4x100 team of Ataleigh Constancio, Kennedi Johnson, Alexandria Touhakis and Kassidy Wooten (1:09.45); the 12U 4x100 team of Allie Blasingame, Jensen Hutchins, Skylar Hutchins and McKenzie Welker (57.71); and the 12U 4x400 team of Alyssa Couey, Jennifer Crysler, Annabeth Hood and Skylar Hutchins (5:34.72).
Welker finished second in both the 12U high jump (3-10) and 400 meters (1:13.99), while Raylee Hutchins added a pair of silver medals in the 8U 50-meter dash (9.27) and 100-meter dash (17.87).
Other runner-up efforts belonged to Melvin in the 18U 100 meters (17.39), Cox in the 16U long jump (14-2.5), Young in the 14U 800 meters (2:45.7), Blasingame in the 12U 200 meters (30.69) and Kate Tindol in the 8U long jump (2-8).
Earning bronze medals for the Brownwood girls were Kinnison Harvey with two in the 10U 800 meters (3:32.87) and 1600 meters (7:24.14), while Lillie Deeds collected a pair in the 12U 400 meters (1:15.3) and 800 meters (3:00.49). Mia Lopez, in the 10U 100 meters (16.34), and Kennedi Johnson, in the 10U 400 meters (1:21.81), also earned state trips.
For the boys team, Adonis McCarty Jr. earned half the gold medals, picking up three in the 12U 400 meters (1:00.17), high jump (4-10) and long jump (17-9). Nicholas Moody won the 16U triple jump (39-10), Chevy Robertson came in first in the 16U 200 meters (23.72) and Quinten McCarty was the top finisher in the 8U high jump (3-0).
Placing second for the Flyin’ Lion boys were Morsello Hooker in the 8U 200 meters (35.16), Roman McKibben in the 12U 800 meters (2:44.76) and Austin Haynes in the 14U 1600 meters (5:47.69).
Punching a ticket to state with third-place efforts were Hooker in the 8U 100 meters (16.24), Moody in the 16U 400 meters (58.19), Joseph Hill in the 16U 1600 meters (6:16.54), Kevin Patton in the 8U 200 meters (37.34) and Jared Northcutt in the 12U shot put (25-7.5).