Harker Heights boys track and field coach John Dulaney said he doesn’t pay attention to team scores this early in the season — only times.
The Knights have been putting up impressive numbers in both of late, as they finished half a point behind Killeen at the Knight Relays last weekend.
The Lady Knights, meanwhile, won the meet with 184 points, 29 better than the next best team, Round Rock.
While the Knights came up short in the end, Dulaney said it was the most points his team had scored in a meet this season, all while coaches were preoccupied with running the meet.
Overall, the showing was reason for optimism heading forward.
“We’re right there where we need to be and improving,” Dulaney said, “so I thought it went really well.”
Johnson praised the performance of UTEP signee Darius Mitchell, who took gold in the 200 and the 400 and 1,600 relays, as he continues to lead the Knights in his senior season.
“Darius is doing a really good job,” Dulaney said.
Dulaney also praised the rest of his relay runners, including Jaquan Jackson, who finished second in the 400, DeUndre Mitchell, younger brother of Darius, and freshman Jevon Wallace.
Wallace has already won the 400 in two meets this season as he continues to realize the potential Dulaney saw in him at the start of the school year.
“First few times he went out and worked out I said, ‘look, you’re probably going to be on the varsity,’” Dulaney said. “So, he’s been a welcome addition.”
Dulaney was also complementary of Jaques Morgan, who took gold in the long jump with a leap of 22-1 1/2.
For Dulaney, each of the marks was an encouraging sign this early in the season, and the girls were just as impressive.
Vivian Walters had a banner day at the Knight Relays, winning gold in the triple jump and the 400 and 800 relays and also adding a bronze in the long jump.
Chyna Otis also won multiple events as she took gold in the shot put and discus.
Adding to the Lady Knights’ lengthy list of winners was Tadrien Rose, who won the 100, and JoVanna Jones, who won the 200. Both also competed with Walters on the 400 and 800 relays.
Overall, it was a fine day for the Knights and Lady Knights.
And for Dulaney, the fact that his athletes were able to do so well while he was busy running the meet was a great sign.