Lady Horns place second, Dragons and Lady Dragons each finish third
BALLINGER - The Early Longhorns won the team championship, while the Lady Horns came in second at the recent Ballinger Bearcat Relays. Both the Bangs Dragons and Lady Dragons came in third in the team standings.
In boys action, the Longhorns generated 177 points with Ballinger amassing 120 followed by Bangs and Grape Creek with 74 each.
The Longhorns finished with 17 medals - nine gold, five silver and three bronze. The Dragons brought home six medals - two gold, three silver and one bronze.
Gold medal winners for Early were Ryan Hill in the 400 meters and 800 meters, Jeramiah Fowler in the 1600 meters and 3200 meters, Ryan Trompler in the 100 meters, Timmy Smithson in the 110-meter hurdles, Carlos Moreno in the high jump and the 4x400 relay team of Ethan Rhodes, Mason Flippin, Hill and Davis Shields.
Silver medalists included Rhodes in the 300-meter hurdles, Devyn Burns in the 200 meters, Ty Schafer in the 800 meters, Miguel Elizondo in the shot put and Nathan Mitchell in the triple jump.
Collecting bronze medals were Jesson Tarrant in both the 100 meters and long jump and Smithson in the 300-meter hurdles.
Coming in fourth were Burns in the long jump, Austin Reveille in the 400 meters and the 4x100 relay team of Tarrant, Trompler, Bailey Jones and Burns
Fifth-place efforts belonged to Moreno in the long jump and triple jump Johnny Clubb in the 800 meters and the 4x200 relay team of Tarrant, Rhodes, Jones and Burns.
For Bangs, gold medalists were Colton Brewer in the triple jump along with the 4x100 relay team of Brewer, Terik Flores, Colton Martin and Seth Anderson.
Silver medalists were Brewer in the long jump, Dawson Light in the 110-meter hurdles and Wes Mitchell in the pole vault.
The 4x200 team of Brewer, Flores, Martin and Anderson earned a bronze medal.
Martin in the 200 meters and the 4x400 relay team of Brewer, Light, Evan Belez, and Anderson placed fifth while Trevor Slaughter in the 800 meter and Belez in the high jump were both sixth.
On the girls side, Early produced 164 points, which trailed only Ballinger's 203, while Bangs finished with 77 points.
The Lady Horns returned home with 14 medals - eight gold, three silver and three bronze. The Lady Dragons picked up 10 medals - one gold, six silver and three bronze.
First-place finishers for Early included Trinity Tomlinson in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, Kenzie Poindexter in the 300-meter hurdles, Jensen Hutchins in the 100 meters, Grecia Yebra in the 400 meters, Ellie Ryan in the discus, Emily Jillson in the triple jump, and the 4x100 relay team of Haley Speickerman, Tomlinson, Allie Blassingame and Hutchins.
Runners-up were Ellie Ryan in the shot put, Yebra in the high jump, and the 4x400 relay team of Yebra, Hope Boswell, Poindexter and Taylor Netherton.
Finishing third were Netherton in the 200 meters, Boswell in the long jump and the the 4x200 relay team of Hallie Brinson, Jillson, Speickerman and Tomlinson.
Placing fourth were Hutchins in the 200 meters and Skylar Peterson in the 3200 meters.
Fifth-place performances belonged to Rebekah Smithson in the 200 meters, Brionna Moore in the 3200 meters, and Veronica Villarreal in the discus.
Coming in sixth were Netherton in the long jump, Brooklyn Richmond in the 1600 meters, and Khyla Bell in the discus.
For Bangs, Cloie Montague won the pole vault, Skylar Hutchins was runner-up in the triple jump, long jump, 100 meters and 400 meters, and Kayleah Hall was second in the 800 meters and 1600 meters.
Finishing third were Hall in the pole vault, Monatgue in the 1600 meters and Brooklyn Guthrie in the 400 meters. Montague was also sixth in the 800 meters.
Editor's Note: Not all times and distances were accurate due to a software malfunction at the meet, so they are not included in the article.