Time is running out.
For Copperas Cove seniors Shamad Lomax, Marcus Brumfield and Antonio Lealiiee, every meet had the potential to be their last. Once the regular-season scheduled concluded, the Bulldawgs had to produce to extend their careers, and they did.
Along with Eric Cain, who completes Copperas Cove’s 400-meter relay team, the quartet captured three consecutive gold medals in the event during the postseason, propelling the Bulldawgs into next week’s UIL Class 6A Track & Field State Meet in Austin.
Now, the group prepares for one final race together with the hopes of capping off their time at Copperas Cove with a first-place performance.
“We’ve got three seniors who have been here for all four years,” Bulldawgs head coach Keith Stifflemire said. “They know what to expect from each other, and they want to go out with a bang. They want to finish things off on a high note.”
The foursome clinched its spot at state during last week’s Region II-6A Meet, where Copperas Cove finished first in 41.12 seconds.
They will compete for a state title at Mike A. Myers Stadium located on The University of Texas campus May 14 at 6 p.m., entering with the event’s sixth-best seed time. DeSoto holds the top qualifying time of 40.53.
Joining the relay team at state will be Copperas Cove high jumper Josh Canete, who advanced by winning the regional championship with a personal-best height of 6 feet, 6 inches.
“I’ve got some nerves,” the junior said, “but it feels great. I’m just really excited and ready to go.”
After finishing third at the District 12-6A meet, Canete cleared 6-5 to earn gold at the area meet before qualifying for his first trip to state.
Brumfield will be also be competing in the 100 after earning a wildcard spot thanks to his third-place time of 10.51 at regionals.
The top two finishers in each event at regionals advance to state, but wildcard spots are awarded to the top third-place performer from across the four regional meets.
The Class 6A high jump will be held May 14 at 8 a.m., while the 100 will begin at 7:05 p.m.
Copperas Cove senior triple jumper Donte Irving just missed qualifying for state, placing third at regionals with a leap measuring 46-5 1/2, while junior Dahmir Pearson was 14th in the 800 (2:12.16).
For the Lady Bulldawgs, junior distance runner Amber Boyd competed in two events at the regional meet, finishing third in the 800 with a time of 2:15.52 and sixth in the 1,600, crossing the finish line in 5:10.16.