ABILENE — Wednesday marked another banner day for the Brownwood Lions and Lady Lions track and field programs.
Fresh off District 5-4A championships for both teams on April 5, the Lions and Lady Lions returned to Abilene Wylie High School where they both earned 5/6-4A area championships — a first for Brownwood since area track meets were established by the UIL in 2013. The Lady Lions last captured an area crown in 2016, while the Lions' area title was a first.
The Lady Lions generated 162.5 points, outdistancing runner-up Graham (127) by 35.5 points. Meanwhile, the Lions produced 134.5 points to fend off District 5-4A rival Big Spring (118) by 16.5 points. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Region I-4A meet at Lubbock's Lowrey Field on April 27-28, and Brownwood will be sending 34 entrants — 20 on the girls side and 14 on the boys.
Along with the area championships and regional berths, five school records were believed to have been broken at the meet — Patrick Nash in the boys 100 meters, Braden Jetton in the boys 200 meters, A.J. McCarty in the boys long jump, Trinity Jackson in the girls 300-meter hurdles and Kyra Young in the girls 1600 meters.
The Lady Lions' effort was sparked by Jackson and her three gold medals in the 300-meter hurdles (46.05), 100-meter hurdles (15.14) and pole vault (10-0). Kyra Young picked up a pair of gold medals in the 1600 meters (5:22.44) and 800 meters (2:19.7), while Aleyia Cotton won both the 400 meters (59.08) and long jump (17-7.5).
Runners-up for the Lady Lions included Caroline Cloy in the triple jump (33-6), Chyanne Ellett in the discus (124-11), Izzy Lawrence in the 1600 meters (5:38.15), and the 4x200 relay team of Cotton, Alyssa Couey, Davalynn Monroe and Young (4:04.13).
Bronze medalists were Ashlyn Storm in the long jump (16-2.25), Alyssa Preston in the shot put (33-10.25), Kenya Barnes in the discus (123-2), Lawrence in the 3200 meters (13:08.20), and Cloy in the 100-meter hurdles (15.95).
Securing regional berths with fourth-place efforts were Audrey Boren in the 3200 meters (13:17.1), Alyssa Couey in the 800 meters (2:33.55), Alex Fowler in the 1600 meters (5:42.89) and the 4x100 relay of Jackson, Lakyn Ratliff, Monroe and Cotton (50.02).
Also contributing points to the Lady Lions' championship effort were Shania Richeson, who placed fifth in the pole vault (7-6), and Storm, who was sixth in the 100 meters (13.21).
For the Lions, McCarty collected gold medals in both the long jump (22-4.75) and triple jump (44-11.25), Nash came in first in the 100 meters (10.69) and Paul David Quillin emerged victorious in the pole vault (14-3).
Silver medalists were Jetton in the 200 meters (21.92), Tommy Bowden in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.37) and 300-meter hurdles (42.12), Jason Sanchez in the 400 meters (51.62), Blaize Infinger in the discus (141-9.25), Nick Salazar in the high jump (6-2), the 4x100 relay Nash, Jetton, McCarty and Gavin Jefferson (42.74) and the 4x400 relay of Royshad Henderson, Jason Sanchez, Jesse Sanchez and McCarty (3:26.72).
Bringing home a bronze medal was Kirk Vickers in the triple jump (42-5.5), while Liam McCraw punched his ticket to regionals with a fourth-place effort in the discus (122-11.25).