GRAHAM — Brownwood High School will be represented by 17 entrants at the Region I-4A track and field meet at Texas Tech on May 1-2, thanks to another stellar outing during the 5-4A/6-4A area meet at Newton Field Thursday.
The District 6-4A champion Lady Lions earned 13 of Brownwood’s 17 berths, with three-time state qualifier and Oklahoma State signee Lexie Lewis again leading the charge.
“We had a really good day and the girls just competed their tails off,” said Brownwood High track and field head coach Don Hood. “I think we can continue to get better and better this coming week. I was pleased with how we came back after the district meet.”
Lewis finished first in the 100 meters (12.05) and 200 meters (25.37) — events she has medaled in at state — as well as the long jump (16-10.5). Lewis was also the final leg of the area champion 4x100 relay team (49.9), which includes Jaycee Lenz, Tristan Escamilla and Madison Chesser.
“Lexie was her usual really good self,” Hood said. “She was the class of meet and no one can compare to what she did.
“The sprint relay ran its best time all year and the first three girls ran tremendously to put us near the front. Not many girls in the state can outrun Lexie over the last 100 meters. And she also won the long jump on her last attempt. ”
McKenzie Cox also captured an area championship, placing first in the high jump (5-2).
“It was misty and cool when McKenzie was jumping, but she fought through it and equaled her PR,” Hood said.
Among the Lions’ four regional qualifiers, one will advance as an area champion — Chevy Robertson in the 400 meters (50.01).
McLane Moore is also heading to Lubbock after finishing second in the pole vault (12-6), while Connor Howard was third in both the 100 meters (10.97) and 200 meters (23.03).
“Connor and Chevy competed really well in their individual events,” Hood said. “It was the best time Connor’s run all year in probably the worst conditions in the 100. And Chevy ran his PR in the 400. McLane, in the pole vault, had to face terrible conditions including a head wind that sometimes was swirling around, but he fought through it.
“The boys also had some heartbreaking things happen to them. We’re running with a lot of JV-aged guys at a high varsity level. When you’re running 15- or 16 year-olds against 18-year-olds, at some point it’s probably going to catch up with you.”
Qualifying as an area runner-up for the Lady Lions was Kyra Young in the 800 meters (2:25.64), while Jessica Romero in both the 3200 meters (12:15.34) and 800 meters (2:27.15), Kayla McFarden in the pole vault (9-0) and the 4x200 relay team of Lenz, Escamilla, Cheeser and Ebonie Adams (1:49.07) are moving on with bronze medals. Clinching regional berths with fourth-place efforts were Cox in the long jump (15-1.25), Alexis Larrea in the discus (94-10) and Dominique Revada in the triple jump (32-8.25).
“Kyra in the 800 was just awesome,” Hood said. “She almost pulled it off, but a girl came from way behind. I just don’t think Kyra knew she was there. Still, she ran a four-second personal best for her and Jessica ran two seconds faster than she ever had to finish third right behind her. Jessica had a really good day.”
“Dominique moved up to fourth and qualified on her last jump, which was her best by about a foot. And Kayla advanced in the pole vault even though she was battling soreness in her thigh.
“What we were worried about most was the 4x200 and they finished third with a 1:49 and that was with a couple of bad handoffs. I think they can drop a couple more seconds.”
The top four finishers in each event at area earned regional berths, and the top two performers at regionals will move on to the UIL Class 4A state track and field meet May 14-16 at the University of Texas’ Myers Stadium.