Copperas Cove earned its time off.
In the final meet before spring break, the Bulldawgs dominated the competition at the Bluebonnet Relays held at Brownwood’s Gordon Wood Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
Five Bulldawgs departed the history-rich meet with gold medals, helping Copperas Cove cruise to the championship as it beat second-place Temple by 87 points.
Junior sprinter Andrew Leuthner emerged as the Bulldawgs’ most decorated athlete, placing in the top three of four different events, including a first-place showing in the 100-meter dash, recording a time of 10.94 seconds, which was one-tenth of a second slower than his preliminary race.
In addition to his gold medal, Leuthner won two silver medals as a member of the 400 and 800 relay teams and placed third in the high jump, clearing 20 feet, 11¾ inches.
Justin Joe, who won the 200 with a time of 22.57, also ran in both races with Leuthner, helping the Bulldawgs post a time of 43.24 in the 400 relay. Joining the pair were teammates Peapea Bunn and Marcus Brumfield.
Joining Leuthner and Joe in the 800 relay were Breyon Jackson and Shamad Lomax, and the quartet crossed the finish line in 1:31.18.
The Bulldawgs put on an equally impressive display in the field events, winning three gold medals.
Copperas Cove’s strongest showing came in the discus, with a pair of Bulldawgs sweeping the top two spots. Senior Gabe Perez finished in first place with a throw measuring 149-5, while teammate David Castillo, a junior, placed second. His throw was 146-7.
Jalen Waters, who was an 8-5A All-District First Team selection at outside linebacker, won the shot put with a throw of 50-10.
Junior triple jumper Derris Prater rounded out the Bulldawgs’ gold-medal performances, placing first with a leap of 40-10¼.
One year after Copperas Cove produced a state champion in the high jump, a similar story is unfolding.
Dual-sport athlete Rashard Odomes, who was named the all-district offensive player of the year during basketball season, cleared 6-2 to place second in the high jump.
In 2013, after being named all-district offensive player of the year in basketball, then-senior Cory Scott went on to compete in the high jump and ended his career with a gold medal at the state meet.
Outside of Copperas Cove and Temple, third-place Amarillo Tascosa was the only other team to accumulate more than 200 points, finishing with 220. Brownwood (196), Abilene (168) and Mineral Wells (138) rounded out the top six.
With spring break interrupting the season, the Bulldawgs will be idle for 13 days before returning to competition at the Eagle Relays hosted by Georgetown High School on March 22.
The win at the Bluebonnet Relays was the first team victory for the Bulldawgs this season. Copperas Cove placed sixth in the Bulldawg Relays to open its schedule and finished fourth at last week’s Panther Relays at Waco Midway High School.