• September 14, 2014

Track & Field Former local stars Hicks, Graham shine in Big 12 meet

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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 12:00 am

Cion Hicks and Derwin Graham ended the Big 12 track season with a good weekend and all-conference honors. 

Hicks, a freshman, showcased her throwing abilities and Graham, a junior, outran some of the steeplechase competition at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships at the Fuller Track Complex in Lubbock.

Hicks, a Shoemaker graduate, helped the Baylor women finish second at the meet with 113.5 points. Texas was the women’s champion with 149 points.

Graham, a former Copperas Cove Bulldawg, helped Baylor finish fourth with 93 points. Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State rounded out the top three while a Kansas team featuring Salado graduate Regan Gilbert finished seventh with 67 points.

Hicks was competing in the Big 12 outdoor meet for the first time and finished seventh in both the women’s discus and shot put. The former Lady Wolf posted a distance of 50 feet, 6¾ inches in the shot put and finished the discus with a distance of 163-3.

Hicks was a four-year letterman in both basketball and track at Shoemaker and won the Class 5A state title in both the discus and shot put as a senior in 2013.

Graham finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes, 35.19 seconds.

The Copperas Cove graduate also runs cross country for the Bears and had a breakout season last fall with scoring performances in five of six races. As a Bulldawg, Graham won the District 12-5A cross country title and qualified for state in 2009 and 2010.

Gilbert, a junior, participated in the men’s pole vault, where he cleared a height of 16-6½ inches.

The former Salado standout made a comeback this season after an injury forced him to miss all but two outdoor meets in 2013. He claimed five top-fivefinishes during the 2013 indoor season.

Baylor and Kansas will compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Fayettville, Ark., beginning May 29.

Hall, Camacho place in C-USA meet

At Houston, Texas-San Antonio’s Christopher Hall and Texas-El Paso’s Roberto Camacho scored top-five finishes at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships over the weekend at Ley Stadium.

Hall, a former Ellison High star, helped the Roadrunners win the meet with 172 points. Camacho, a former Bulldawg, helped the Miners finish second with 136 points.

Hall, a junior, ran the final leg for the UTSA men’s 1,600 relay team, which won by less than a second in 3:07.80. Joshua Smith, Keyunta Hayes and Jurmarcus Selvin joined Hall for the relay.

Camacho, a junior, is at his first year at UTEP after transferring from Western Texas College.

He took fourth place in the men’s 400 hurdles with a time of 52.02.

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