GRAHAM — The Lady Lions are District 6-4A track and field champions, and Brownwood High School will be represented by 29 entries in the 5-4A/6-4A area meet next week. The Lions finished fourth as a team during the two-day 6-4A meet, which concluded Tuesday night.
“We were out front and in control the whole time, I was really impressed,” Brownwood track and field head coach Don Hood said of the Lady Lions’ first-place team performance. “The way we handled the pressure, every time we got challenged we responded. I can’t tell you how many heroes we had today that improved over their last attempt or performed better today than yesterday. So many girls stepped up and did a tremendous job. It was really exciting.”
The Lions overcame a slow start Monday and were knocking on the door of second place during Tuesday’s running finals, but no points in the final two events resulted in a fourth-place team finish.
“We moved up to third and at one point were only 10 points out of second with the mile and mile relay left, but we’d fired all our bullets,” Hood said.
The district champion Lady Lions earned 19 berths in the area meet, while the Lions locked up 10 spots, as the qualifiers will return to Graham Thursday, April 23. The top four performers in each area event will move on to the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock May 1-2.
“I’m pleased that we’re going back to Graham. It’s a really nice set up and their head coach and athletic director know how to run a good track meet,” Hood said. “Having run in the facility, I feel it’s going to be an advantage for us. Today and yesterday was the first time here for most of us, but going back to some place where we’re comfortable should be big for us.”
Of the Lady Lions’ area qualifiers, seven are district champions — Lexie Lewis in both the 200 meters (25.65) and 100 meters (12.14), McKenzie Cox in both the high jump (5-2) and long jump (15-9.75), Kyra Young in the 800 meters (2:29.77), Kristen Fuentes in the discus (101-3) and the 4x200 relay team of Jaycee Lenz, Tristan Escamilla, Jenna Lyons and Lewis (1:46.49).
Capturing district championships for the Lions were Chevy Robertson in the 400 meters (50.03) and Connor Howard in the 100 meters (11.04).
“The number of district champions we have is pretty impressive, and so is the number of area qualifiers,” Hood said. “It’s a varied group with a lot of kids competing in different events. That says a lot about our kids and our assistant coaches and the work they’ve done to get prepared in their events.”
Competing at area as district runners-up for the Lady Lions will be Young in the 1600 meters (5:49.75), Jessica Romero in both the 3200 meters (12:45.91) and 800 meters (2:29.86), Kayla McFarden in the pole vault (9-0) and Alexis Larrea in the discus (97-3).
Third-place qualifiers for the girls included Lewis, in the long jump (14-3.75), Fuentes in the shot put (31-2) and the 4x100 relay team of Ebonie Adams, Escamilla, Madison Chesser and Lenz (52.21).
Moving on with fourth-place efforts were Chesser in the 100 meters (13.79), Bridgett Everett in the shot put (31-0), Dominique Revada in the triple jump (31-0) and Tori Burkett in the 3200 meters (13:10.43).
Though not advancing to area, Lady Lions chipping in valuable points toward the district crown with fifth-place finishes were Burkett in the 1600 meters (5:59.0), Sarah Fox in the long jump (15-0.25) and the mile relay (4:25.55). Sixth-place efforts belonged to Adams in the 400 meters (1:06.66), Julianne Hood in the 1600 meters (6:04.5), Payton Kallman in the 800 meters (2:34.31) and Ashley Gomez in the pole vault (8-0).
For the Lions, 6-4A runners-up qualifying for area included Howard in the 200 meters (22.47), Corleone Pressley in the triple jump (42-8.75) and the 4x100 relay team of Robertson, Rylee Gregory, Harley Price and Howard (43.92).
Coming in third were Robertson in the 200 meters (22.74), Rosavelt Duffie in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.68) and 300-meter hurdles (42.39), McLane Moore in the pole vault (12-6) and the 4x200 relay team of Price, Cory Richardson, Pressley and Gregory.
The Lions did not place fourth in any event, but point-generating fifth-place performances came from Pressley in the high jump (5-8), Howard in the long jump (19-10), Richardson in the 800 meters (2:06.92), Xavier Armenta in the 300-meter hurdles (43.36) and the mile relay team (3:41.48).
Also, Ben Berger placed sixth in the 800 meters (2:08.59) for the Lions to round out their scoring.