Lampasas did not leave Fredericksburg with a championship, but the Badgers still managed to leave their mark.
En route to a second-place finish at the 48th annual Carlin Wicker Relays, Lampasas senior Shonderius Howard delivered a record-breaking leap, clearing 6 feet, 9 inches to set stadium and meet records in the high jump.
The height erased the old benchmark posted by a pair of Billies. Luis Murphy set the previous record at 6-8 back in 1986 before J. Bryant tied it in 2004.
While Howard’s performance was the highlight of the afternoon for the Badgers, it was not the only standout showing for Lampasas.
Steven Jazdyk, who is committed to Oklahoma as a decathlete, emerged from the meet with three gold medals and a silver medal.
The senior easily won the pole vault with a height of 14-6, beating second place by 2½ feet, before showing off his speed on the track.
Jazdyk went on to win the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.21 seconds and served as the anchor in the Badgers’ first-place 400 relay team and second-place 800 relay team.
Chase Birck, Avery Gary and Gary Spencer joined him in both races, with the quartet producing a winning time of 42.73 in the 400 relay. The time was a mere 0.73 seconds off the meet record set in 2003. In the 800 relay, the group finished in 1:29.92.
As a team, the Badgers finished with 115.50 points and were sandwiched between first-place Fredericksburg (141) and Medina Valley (106).
Gary walked away from the competition with three medals, finishing second in the 100, just behind Jazdyk, with a time of 11.41 in addition to contributing to the Badgers relay teams’ success.
Lampasas junior Luke Argo also had an impressive outing, earning a pair of silver medals. In the triple jump, he recorded a distance of 41-1, while posting a time of 42.22 in the 300 hurdles.
In the discus, sophomore Hunter Witcher delivered a throw of 122-5 to place second in the event, while Collin Bowen cleared 10-6 to finish fourth in the pole vault.
The Badgers have a quick turnaround, competing at the Marble Falls Mustangs Relays on Thursday before sending several athletes to the 47th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays this weekend at the University of Texas.
Howard and both the 400 and 800 relay teams qualified for the prestigious event.
Preliminaries for the 800 relay will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with the high jump at 3 p.m. The 400 relay preliminaries will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the 800 relay finals will begin at noon followed by the 400 relay finals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Badgers then travel to Georgetown for the East View Relays on April 3 before attempting to collect the program’s second district championship beginning April 9 at the two-day District 8-3A meet hosted by Liberty Hill.
Lampasas won the school’s only district title in 2011.
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