Brownwood’s 29 entrants eye regional berths at Thursday's area track meet

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Chevy Robertson, in the boys 400 meters, is one of eight District 6-4A champions who will compete for Brownwood in today’s area meet in Graham.

With 29 berths to their credit, the Brownwood Lions and Lady Lions return to the site of the District 6-4A track meet — Graham’s Newton Field — for today’s 5-4A/6-4A area meet, with regional berths in Lubbock on their minds.

Brownwood track and field head coach Don Hood stated that, on paper, “85 or 90 percent” of the Lion and Lady Lion entrants could advance to the Region I-4A meet at Texas Tech May 1-2. The top four performers in each event will qualify.

“If we can summon up the same type of effort and energy we had at district, we should compete very well,” Hood said. “If they compete hard, improvement usually happens. If you start fighting the clock or the distance, you tend to not do as well. If they cut loose and go after it, that’s what I want to see. If we do that, I’m content wherever the placements fall.”

The 6-4A champion Lady Lions earned 19 spots in today’s meet, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Qualifying as district champions were Lexie Lewis in both the 200 meters (25.65) and 100 meters (12.14), McKenzie Cox in both the high jump (5-2) and long jump (15-9.75), Kyra Young in the 800 meters (2:29.77) and the 4x200 relay team (1:46.49).

Competing at area as district runners-up for the Lady Lions will be Young in the 1600 meters (5:49.75), Jessica Romero in both the 3200 meters (12:45.91) and 800 meters (2:29.86), Kayla McFarden in the pole vault (9-0) and Alexis Larrea in the discus (97-3).

Third-place qualifiers for the girls include Lewis in the long jump (14-3.75) and the 4x100 relay team (52.21). Moving on with fourth-place efforts were Madison Chesser in the 100 meters (13.79), Bridgett Everett in the shot put (31-0), Dominique Revada in the triple jump (31-0) and Tori Burkett in the 3200 meters (13:10.43).

“We may not qualify in as many events, but we may have as many people (make it to regionals as area),” Hood said. “A couple will have to improve a little to have a chance. To be honest, there are two or three that I was surprised qualified for area. But I think we’ll take a good crew to Lubbock next week.

“Lexie in the 100 and 200 has some of the best times in the state and McKenzie is the favorite in the high jump and in the top three in the long jump. Jessica and Kyra, in both their races, and both relays should do well. Kayla is second in the pole vault coming in and Alexis could do really well in the shot if she’s on her game. Dom in the triple jump has worked really hard to change some of her technique this week. And Bridgett Everett, we pulled her up from the JV to try and get a point or two and she advanced. This is a great experience for her. You never know what’s inside and if she continues to compete, she could do well, too.”

For the Lions, competing as district champions will be Chevy Robertson in the 400 meters (50.03) and Connor Howard in the 100 meters (11.04).

Runners-up qualifying for area include Howard in the 200 meters (22.47), Corleone Pressley in the triple jump (42-8.75) and the 4x100 relay team of (43.92). Coming in third were Robertson in the 200 meters (22.74), Rosavelt Duffie in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.68) and 300-meter hurdles (42.39), McLane Moore in the pole vault (12-6) and the 4x200 relay team.

“I really don’t see a weakness on the guys’ side,” Hood said. “Everyone we got out was pretty high quality.

“McLane is on top of his game right now and may have a chance to advance to state. Chevy and Connor in the sprints have looked great the last two or three weeks. The boys relays have a good chance to advance to regionals. We’ve made some changes on the 4x200 and I’m anxious to see how that falls.”