By Kevin Posival
The Cove Herald
Had the Kangaroo Relays handed out gold medals, Harker Heights' Melissa Mays would've stepped on the bus home with five.
Mays, one of five Division I signees that raced Saturday at Leo Buckley Stadium, won the long and triple jumps and helped the Lady Knights win three relays, though neither points nor differentiated medals were handed out in the opening outdoor track meet of the season.
"I think I could've done better with the triple, but it was the weather, so I couldn't really have done that bad," Mays said. "I think, overall, we did really, really good for a first meet. I just hope that as the meets go on, we'll get better and better and hopefully, win district this year."
Everyone - from first- to last-place finishers - received identical medals and all the field events, minus high jump and pole vault, were placed on team totals.
Mays and Heights teammate Aliese Hyde, who also ran on the Lady Knights' winning 800- and 1,600-meter and middle distance relays will join Ellison's Prezel Hardy at Texas A&M next year.
Killeen's DreVan Anderson-Kaapa (Houston) anchored the Roos' third-place 3,200 and distance medley relays. Regan Tindell (Missouri) led Belton's first-place distance medley and second-place 3,200 relays.
The Copperas Cove Bulldawgs won two relays, taking the 800 (Donyae Olton, Xzavier Wolef, Dmarcus Anderson and Vondale Purvis) and middle distance (Olton, Dominic Purvis, Wolef and Anderson) races. Robert Camancho, Brandon Durant, Tim Jones and Orlando Thomas took first in the hurdle shuttle.
Cove finished a second ahead of Ellison in the 800 relay, but nearly two seconds behind the Eagles in the 400 relay, who was anchored by standout sprinter and reigning 100 meter state champion Prezel Hardy.
The Eagles also won the 1,600 relay, the distance medley, the sprint medley and the throwers' relay.
The Harker Heights boys won the 3,200 relay.
Jones, Rashawn Gentle and Johnathan Bridges finished 1-2-3, respectively, in the boys' high jump, while Shoemaker's Jahyda Reed won the girls high jump.
Nieto Hall led the Eagles to a 1-2-3 finish in the shot put, while Cove's Trevor Valdez and Dominique Ziegler taking fourth and fifth. Valdez finished second in the discus behind Ellison's Darian Brown.
John Horton won the triple jump, with Hamilton and Thomas taking fourth and fifth, respectively. Horton, Thomas and Chris White went 4-5-6 in the long jump. Tyler Matthews took second in the pole vault.
The Lady Knights won six of the nine relays, including the hurdle shuttle, the sprint medley and 400 relays without Mays and Hyde. Shoemaker won the 3,200 relay and Killeen won the throwers' relay.