McCarty captures 16U long jump state championship

McALLEN — Members of the Brownwood Flyin’ Lions summer track program competed in the Games of Texas at Veterans Memorial Stadium over the weekend — the state championship track and field competition for youths who are part of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation.

Brownwood was represented in 20 events from age divisions 10U through 16U and earned nine Top 20 finishes, including five Top 10s .

“Both Coach Harveys are super proud of each and every one of our contestants,” said Bryan Harvey, who along with wife, Kim, coach the Flyin’ Lions summer track program. “Some of them were first timers in the summer track program and they did an outstanding job. The temperature was in the 100s and then down on turf around the track you can add 20 degrees. It wasn’t the coolest place to be running track, but they overcame it.”

Leading the charge for Brownwood was A.J. McCarty, who captured the 16U boys long jump title with a best effort of 21-feet, 9 inches. McCarty, who will be a sophomore this school year, advanced to the UIL Class 4A Track and Field State Championships in May where he finished fifth with a personal-best leap of 22-10.25.

“A.J., the way he competes and with his athleticism, that wasn’t a surprise,” Harvey said. “We’re going to have to extend the pits for him at the stadium because he’s getting to where he’s jumping out in the triple jump and long jump.”

Taylor Pickney finished in the Top 10 of three events in 12U girls action. Pickney’s best effort came in the 800 meters, where she placed sixth with a time of 2:39.29. She added a ninth-place performance in the 400 meters, clocked at 1:05.91, while coming in 10th in the high jump, clearing 3-feet, 8-inches.

Maddi Scott, in the 10U girls high jump, added a fifth Top 10 effort for the Flyin’ Lions by placing seventh with a best leap of 3-feet, 6 inches.

“This was Taylor’s first year and she made the Top 10 in all three of her events, and Maddi did an outstanding job in the high jump, and it was her first time, too,” Harvey said.

Alyssa Preston, a member of the BHS Lady Lions track and field team, garnered finishes of 12th in the 16U discus (75-3) and 13th in the 16U shot put (28-5.5).

Quinten McCarty ranked 14th in the 12U boys shot put with a hurl that covered a person-best 29-feet, 9-inches.

Also placing in the Top 20 was Kinnison Harvey, who was 16th in the 12U girls 80-meter hurdles with a time of 17.52.

Kasidee Harvey, a special needs competitor for the Flyin’ Lions, placed 36th in the 10U girls 800 meters (5:41.28) in her first state appearance.

“That was her first time making it in TAAF and with her being special needs, I was super proud for her,” said Harvey, Kasidee’s father.

Additional Brownwood results are as follows:

• Brianna Castaneda, 22nd, 14U girls 100-meter hurdles (19.47)

• Ava Brownlee, 23rd, 12U girls 80-meter hurdles (25.19)

• Maddi Scott, 24th, 10U long jump (9-11.75)

• Kinnison Harvey, 25th, 12U girls 1600 meters (6:44.08)

• Michaela McEntire, 30th, 10U girls 800 meters (3:35.89)

• Ava Brownlee, 32nd, 12U girls long jump (9-4.25)

• Braylon Harvey, 32nd, 12U boys shot put (12-4, PR)

• Kinnison Harvey, 33rd, 12U girls 800 meters (3:02.9)

• Brianna Castaneda, 35th, 14U girls 100 meters (15.16)

• Maddi Scott, 40th, 10U girls 200 meters (37.52)

The Games of Texas for 2018 and 2019 will be held in the Bryan-College Station area, which should allow for more state qualifiers to attend. Brownwood claimed 43 spots during the TAAF Region 8 Meet sat Gordon Wood Stadium earlier this month.

“I’m super proud of them and looking forward to next year,” Harvey said. “Hopefully next year we’ll have about the same, if not more kiddos that can make the trip and compete.”