Despite failing to place at last week’s KISD Relays, Copperas Cove produced some impressive performances.
Aidan Chace captured the Lady Bulldawgs’ lone gold medal by clearing 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump. Shoemaker’s Kiki Thompson placed second with a 5-foot leap.
The Lady Bulldawgs narrowly missed a bronze-medal showing in the 800-meter relay as Ashli Hawkins, Anayah Copeland, Livonna Wallace and Nadia Robinson combined to produce a fourth-place time of 1 minute, 47.71 seconds. Ellison was third with a time of 1:47.45.
As a team, the Lady Bulldawgs were seventh with 25 points. Belton emerged with the team championship after accumulating 111.5 points, while Shoemaker (105) and Ellison (86.5) rounded out the top three.
The Bulldawgs placed eighth, scoring 39 points behind a strong showing in the pole vault.
Kyle Stifflemire set a new school record and earned a gold medal by clearing 15-6, while teammate Chris Penman was second (13-0).
In the long jump, Quinton Ford collected eights points for Copperas Cove by placing second with a jump measuring 21-9.5, and teammate Daveon Thomas was fourth in the shot put (47-5).
Ellison easily won the meet with 163.5 points. Harker Heights was second with 82 points, and Belton was third with 79 points.
The Lady Bulldawgs return to competition March 23, traveling to participate in the Joshua Owl Relays, while the Bulldawgs’ next meet is scheduled for the following day, when they travel to Waco Midway for the Panther Relays.
The Bulldawgs experienced their first defeat of the season in Tuesday’s District 8-6A opener at Midway, falling 7-0.
Copperas Cove allowed all seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and never recovered.
Michael Goudeau and Nick Izquierdo accounted for all of the Bulldawgs’ hits, recording one apiece. Defensively, Copperas Cove finished with four errors.
Panthers pitcher Will Rigney was dominant on the mound, striking out a dozen batters.
The Bulldawgs (14-1-2, 0-1) will look to rebound and split the series today, when they host Midway at 7 p.m. Copperas Cove will play Shoemaker next week, beginning with a home matchup Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldawgs split their district games this week with spring break condensing their schedule.
Copperas Cove collected a 10-6 victory at Shoemaker on Monday as Jayda Carter delivered a RBI triple and teammate Alina Salazar hit a RBI double.
On the mound, Brooke Schmidt, who pitched 5½ innings, collected the win for the Lady Bulldawgs, while Taylor Martin earned the save.
Copperas Cove was unable to build on the momentum, though, losing 4-2 to Harker Heights on the road.
After falling behind 2-0, Lady Bulldawgs designated player Misi-Kuputo Ismael hit a RBI single to score Maria Hanna, but the Lady Knights responded with a two-run fifth inning.
Carter hit a solo home run to left field in the sixth inning to create a two-run deficit, but Copperas Cove (2-3) would not get any closer, finishing with four hits.
The Lady Bulldawgs return to the field Tuesday, hosting Killeen at 7 p.m.