Lady Lions off to solid start at district track meet, Lions looking for better second day

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin
McKenzie Cox, pictured during the Bluebonnet Relays, won the District 6-4A girls long jump championship Monday in Graham.

GRAHAM — The District 6-4A track and field meet began Monday at Graham High School with a portion of the field events and distance running finals, and will conclude today with finals in the remainder of the field events, as well all other running events.

The top four finishers in each event earn berths in the 5-4A/6-4A area meet, which will also be held in Graham on April 21.

Brownwood secured eight area berths Monday, seven of which were claimed by Lady Lions.

“The girls had a great day from the very get go,” said Brownwood track and field head coach Don Hood. “I think we scored around 50 points today.”

Capturing district championships were Kristen Fuentes in the discus and McKenzie Cox in the long jump — who led throughout most of the competition, but was forced to reclaim the top spot on her final effort.

Runners-up included Jessica Romero in the 3200 meters, Kayla McFarden in the pole vault and Alexis Larrea in the discus. Clinching an area spot with a third-place effort was Lexie Lewis in the long jump, while Tori Burkett punched her ticket to the next round with a fourth-place performance in the 3200 meters.

Official times and distances were not available Monday.

For the Lions, only McLane Moore — who came in third in the pole vault — locked up an area berth.

“We’re struggling to find the right pole for McLane,” Hood said. “He jumped well enough to qualify today, but not nearly what he is capable of.

“On the boys side, we got off to a pretty rough start. The long jump was the first event and for some reason nobody in the field jumped really well. We were all dealing with some crazy wind.”

A few surprises in the running prelims helped ease the sting for the Lions, Hood stated.

Among the list of qualifiers for the Lions are Connor Howard in the 100 meters and 200 meters, Rosavelt Duffie and Xavier Armenta in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, Harley Price in the 100 and Chevy Robertson with the fastest time in the 400 meters, along with others.

For the Lady Lions, three-time state qualifier Lexie Lewis will run in the 100 and 200, while Madison Chesser will join her in the 100 and Tristan Escamilla qualified in the 200. Ebonie Adams also locked up a spot in the 400 meters, among other qualifying efforts Monday. Hood added he expects a solid showing from all three relay teams today, as well.