Brownwood contingent to compete at TAAF Games of Texas in McAllen July 27-30

The Brownwood Flyin’ Lions track and field program earned 43 berths to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Games of Texas in McAllen later this month based on Saturday’s performances at the TAAF Region 8 meet at Gordon Wood Stadium.

The top three finishers in each event qualified for the state competition and as Brownwood earned 23 gold medals, 10 silver and 10 bronze.

“It was a very good day considering the heat and humidity. We are very proud of each of our athletes. These athletes have worked very hard all summer and accomplished so much,” said Kim Harvey, one of the coaches of the Brownwood Flyin’ Lions track and field program. “We believe it was a very successful meet and this was due to all the great sponsors, volunteers, and the previous guidance from the legendary, Coach Don D. Hood.”

Five Brownwood girls captured two gold medals apiece — Maddi Scott in the 10U high jump (3-4) and long jump (10-6.5), Taylor Pinckney in the 12U 800 meters (2:50.92) and high jump (4-0), Alyssa Couey in the 16U 400 meters (1:05.38) and high jump (4-6), Alyssa Preston in the 16U shot put (29-6.75) and discus (75-10), and Kyra Young in the 18U 800 meters (2:28.21) and 1600 meters (6:01.58).

Also finishing first were Michaela McEntire in the 10U 800 meters (3:30.94), Kinnison Harvey in the 12U 80 meters (17.59) and Brianna Castaneda in the 14U 100-meter hurdles (19.25)

On the boys side, four gold medals belonged to A.J. McCarty, who won the 16U 200 meters (24.39), 400 meters (53.65), long jump (21-5) and triple jump (43-4).

Hunter Day added three gold medals in the 14U 800 meters (2:25.92), 1600 meters (5:36.06) and high jump (4-8), while Quinten McCarty in the 12U shot put (26-5.5) also claimed a gold.

Runners-up in girls action were Kinnison Harvey in both the 12U 800 meters (2:55.96) and 1600 meters (6:56.36), Icess Hall in both the 10U 100 meters (15.26) and long jump (9-6.5), Inylha Hall in the 8U long jump (8-3), Kasidee Harvey in the 10U 800 meters (4:52.59), Pinckney in the 12U 400 meters (1:06.03), Ava Brownlee in the 12U 80 meters (19.42) and Castaneda in the 14U 100 meters (13.39).

Ike Hall in the 12U long jump (14-2) picked up a silver medal for the boys.

Bringing home bronze medals in girls action were Inylha Hall in the 8U 50 meters (9.59) and 100 meters (16.46), Scott in the 10U 200 meters (37.33), Demayha Hooker in the 10U long jump (9-4.25) and Brownlee in the 12U long jump (10-6.75).

For the boys, third-place efforts were turned in by Morsello Hooker in the 12U 200 meters (29.71), 400 meters (1:10.2) and long jump (13-10), along with Bryce Booth in the 8U 800 meters (4:19.42), Ty Tindol in the 12U 80-meter hurdles (17.85), and Braylon Harvey in the 12U shot put (13-0).

“We wanted to extend a special thanks to these individuals,” Harvey said. “Coach August and the facilities crew for preparing the facilities in immaculate condition; Sean Fitzgerald, Cody and Melody Smith for camera and timing system; Roland Soto for assisting with preparation of the meet and volunteering his time to help; David Withers for all the paperwork and registration; Coach Brandon Brown for being the official starter; Chris and Brenda McAfee for assisting with the gate and other areas; Mark and Stephanie Brownlee, Jennifer Goodwin for assisting with athlete check-in; Coach David Edgin for assisting with events; Parks and Recreation department workers (Jared, Jessie, Jordan) for assisting with the finish line; and the Brownwood High School Cross Country teams for volunteering and assisting with many areas of the meet.”

Sponsors of the meet included TexasBank, Texas Massage Academy, Fancy’s Day Spa, Jacob’s Pharmacy, Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods and Willie’s T’s.

The track and field portion of the TAAF Games of Texas will take place July 27-30 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen.