The Harker Heights Lady Knights are literally running away from the competition.
For the second straight week they won in blowout fashion, outscoring their nearest competitor, Killeen, by 100 points en route to the title at the Knights Relays on Friday.
“I think it’s been good for us. A lot of times you want to build up to that, and obviously we are there, but we are a senior-laden team so I kind of expected that,” Heights track coach Michelle Womack said.
And again they did it in the relays, taking first in the 400- and 800-meter relays and second in the 1,600.
Brittany Adkins again won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.56 seconds, while her teammate Tadrian Rose finished second in 12.9 seconds.
Christine Powers of Killeen won the 200 dash in 26.46 seconds.
Aliayah McDonald, an Arkansas signee, again had a solid day at the track, helping the Lady Knights to a win in the 800 relay and a second-place finish in the 1,600. She also took second in the 400 to Bryan’s Alondriah Brown, who won with a time of 58.96. Kennetra Hill and Corianna Parham took third and fourth in the 400 behind McDonald.
The team of Adkins, Janelle Brown, Jovanna Jones and Keyauna Wilder won the 400 relay in 48.07 seconds. Adkins, Jones and Wilder then teamed with McDonald to win the 800 relay (1:43.76).
McDonald, Parham, Ambrya Mack, who also won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, and Victoria Burt took second in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:04.42.
“This is the first time we haven’t swept all three relays, that was a difference for us, but in not coming in first in the 4x400, we ran 13 seconds faster than we’ve run all season, which I was very pleased with,” Womack said. “Even though we didn’t win it, I think that was good for us because we finally got really pushed, so we ran what we’re capable of running, and that’s always good.”
In the 800, Killeen’s Brittany Mitchell finished second behind Jessica Purtrell and also finished second in the 1,600 behind Leander Rouse’s Madie Boreman.
Fabby Andujar of Copperas Cove won the 3,200, running a time of 12 minutes flat.
Killeen also had a strong showing in the hurdles. Tiare Dugger won the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.89 seconds. Dugger also finished second in the 300 hurdles.
“It’s that progression you see each week, I told the kids they’d see those times go down because they’re racing themselves into better condition,” Womack said. “There’s nothing better for you than to race, and we’re kind of getting there. It’s a good way to go into Spring Break.”
Bulldawgs dominate field events in win
The Copperas Cove throwers put on a show Friday.
The Bulldawgs took first and second place in both the discus and the shot put as Cove won the Knights Relays with 156 points.
Jailon Waters and Darius McClinton won the shot put with Waters throwing 48 feet, 1 inch and McClinton going 46-3.
Tyler Agnello won the discus with a distance of 149-8½ and Justin Greene was second with a throw of 138-2½.
Cove also had a strong showing in the relays as it edged Georgetown (116.5 points) in the overall standings.
Trent Canion, Johnathon Johnson, D’Anthony Graham and Daniel Ruff won the 400 relay with a time of 43.36 and Eric Martinez, Jared White, David Irving and Graham won the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:32.30.
Cove distance runner Cameron Woodbury also did his usual thing, winning the 3,200 (9:57) and taking second in the 1,600 (4:40.12).
Harker Heights finished third overall with 84 points behind the 800 relay team of Darius Mitchell, Ramone Houston, Terrance Goodwin and James Freeman, which won with a time of 1:29.96.
Heights senior Brandon Hill won the 100 in 10.47 seconds, ahead of teammate Goodwin (11:13) and Houston won the long jump with a distance of 23-6½.
Killeen hurdlers Bryant Farmer and Brandon Olwell place first and second in the 110 hurdles with times of 15.67 and 16.07, respectively. Farmer also placed second in the hurdles (41.31) behind Martinez of Copperas Cove (41.04).