Lions capture first place, Lady Lions finish second at Bluebonnet Relays
Brownwood High track and field head coach Don Hood started earlier in the week he felt the Lions and Lady Lions possessed the talent to win their portions of the annual Bluebonnet Relays. On Saturday, the Lions finished atop the boys Class 3A and under division, while the Lady Lions were just four points away from joining them as they came in second in the final team standings.
The Lions built on their slim two-point edge following the conclusion of Friday’s field events as they tallied 165 points overall, outdistancing runner-up Midland Christian which finished with 132. Meanwhile, the Lady Lions carried a three-point lead into Saturday’s running finals and owned a four-point edge heading into the last event, but Stephenville over took host Brownwood, 127-123, in the final tally.
Despite temperatures in the 40s at Gordon Wood Stadium with a strong, steady north wind, Hood felt the Lions and Lady Lions performed up to expectations for the most part.
“I thought we competed hard and I don’t have any regrets or reservations about our effort,” Hood said. “The wind was more of a factor than the cold, but if you were running it didn’t feel that terrible. We’ll get faster when the weather gets warmer, but some of our distance kids had their best times of the year.”
The Lions won four events, placed second in seven more and came in third in two additional events to collect 13 medals overall.
Earning gold were Dylan Person in both the 1600 meters (4:46.94) and 3200 meters (10.41.2), Kaimon Ontiveros (23.13) in the 200 meters and Colt Garrett (54.42) in the 400 meters.
Runner-up performances were turned in by Bryan Johnson in both the 400 meters (54.83) and the 800 meters (2:10.08), Connor Howard (20-1.75) in the long jump, Hayden Day (131-0) in the discus, and the 4x100 relay (44.46), 4x200 relay (1:34.24) and 4x400 relay (3:37.7) teams.
Placing third were Bruce Sterling (11.55) in the 100 meters and Matthew Gomez (13-6) in the pole vault.
Coming in fourth were Howard (11.69) in the 100 meters, Johnson (19-4) in the long jump, Chevy Robertson (24.03) in the 200 meters, Tristan Duque (5-8) in the high jump, Rosavelt Duffie (38-6.75) in the triple jump, Devante Stredic (45-2.75) in the shot put and Mackey Gibson (129-0) in the discus.
Finishing fifth were Howard (44.98) in the 300-meter hurdles and McLane Moore (11-6) in the pole vault, while Stredic added a sixth-place effort in the discus (125-2).
“I’m really proud of the boys,” Hood said. “We qualified some guys in some events we haven’t done well in in the past. They weren’t just content with being in the hunt, they wanted to win. Field events performed well, too, and those are hidden points. We also had some freshmen step up and fight through the stress of being in the Brownwood program.”
The Lady Lions captured 10 medals during the Relays — five gold, two silver and three bronze.
Winning their events were Lexie Lewis (25.59) in the 200 meters, Vici Henry (39-4.5) in the shot put, Jessica Romero (12:07.65) in the 3200 meters, Sharday Melvin (48.46) in the 300-meter hurdles and the 4x200 relay (1:47.15).
Placing second were Henry (105-1) in the discus and Ashley Gomez (9-0) in the pole vault.
Third-place performances belonged to Melvin (16-0.25) in the long jump, Julianne Hood (5:42.38) in the 1600 meters and the 4x400 relay (4:13.41).
Just missing out on medals in fourth place were Melvin (33-6.5) in the triple jump, Julianne Hood (2:32.15) in the 800 meters and Victoria Hood (5:44.47) in the 1600 meters.
Turning in fifth-place efforts were Romero (2:32.24) in the 800 meters, Dominique Revada (17.09) in the 100-meter hurdles, McKenzie Cox (4-10) in the high jump, Kayla McFarden (7-6) in the pole vault and the 4x100 relay (53.02), while LaKisha Anthony was sixth in the 100 meters (13.47).
“I felt we competed as hard as we could, we just have a couple of nagging injuries and there are some fitness areas that need to be addressed,” Hood said. “I think we can get a whole lot better. Stephenville is a great program with a great history of track and we were ahead of them going into the final event. We just have to get everyone well.”
The next action for the Lions and Lady Lions is slated for Saturday at the Possum Kingdom Relays in Graham. The District 8-3A meet will be held April 9-10 at Liberty Hill.