The Brownwood Lady Lions will attempt to defend their District 6-4A track and field championship, while the Lions’ objective is to improve upon last year’s fourth-place team finish at the event.
The 6-4A meet will begin at 11 a.m. Monday with field events and running preliminaries at Stephenville’s Lem Brock Field and will continue at the same venue at noon Wednesday with the running finals.
“It’s going to be very competitive,” said Brownwood track and field head coach Don Hood. “There’s three teams that could win it, maybe four teams that have a shot. It’s going to be a do or die kind of meet. We’re going to be counting on a lot of sophomores and freshmen on both sides to do some great things. But they’re excited, their attitudes are pretty good, we’re pretty healthy and I think we’re ready to go.”
In their most recent outings, the Lady Lions finished second as a team to host Stephenville at the Optimist Relays on April 2. Meanwhile, the Lions placed fourth in Division II at the San Angelo Relays.
But the Lions and Lady Lions will be at full strength for the first time since the Bluebonnet Relays, where both Brownwood teams won meet championships while competing against all four of its District 6-4A rivals — Stephenville, Abilene Wylie, Graham and Mineral Wells.
“Our girls probably have the better team, we’re the favorites going in,” Hood said. “The guys would have to have a perfect meet to be able to win it, but we’re capable of that. We’re moving a few guys up and trying to do different things to squeeze points out of everybody. If it all goes according to plan and Wylie has a misstep here or there, then we’ll have a good shot at them.”
Hood feels the Lady Lions are as balanced as any squad he’s coached since arriving in Brownwood.
“I don’t know that we have a strength, we’re pretty good all the way around,” Hood said. “Our sprints are really good, our distance runners are really good, our throwers are good. The district is stronger in the throws this year but we’re solid there, too. Sprints and distances are probably are strongest areas where we should score the most points.”
Early on, the Lions had been lacking in distance running and throws, but Hood hopes those issues will be resolved this week.
“Our distance guys look great right now,” Hood said. “The district is weaker in distance runners so we have a chance to get some points there. The throws are the strongest part of our district so we’re going to have to compete really well to get anything there.”
Another district championship is certainly within the Lady Lions’ grasp, in Hood’s estimation, while the Lions will need some breaks to go their way to earn the 6-4A boys crown.
“Honestly, the girls winning is the No. 1 goal, and I just want to see the guys fight,” Hood said. “I hope we do well when we need to do well. This has been the hardest working group I’ve had on both sides, so to me they deserve to do well. If they compete with that attitude I think we’ll have a chance to fight for titles on both sides.”