HEWITT — Local teams dominated the girls side of the District 8-5A meet at Panther Stadium on Saturday, as Harker Heights, Killeen, Shoemaker and Belton comprised the top four in the team standings.
The local boys teams also had a strong showing, led by Heights and Killeen finishing behind district-champion Temple.
Here is a look at the event winners from Saturday who hail from area schools.
Junior Kaylee Krenek was the only girl to post a sub-15-second time in the girls 100-meter hurdles prelims and was just as impressive in the final Saturday, finishing with a 14.66 to take the gold.
Krenek later swept the hurdles events by winning the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.97, nearly two seconds ahead of the next finisher.
Multi-sport athlete Andre Ewing came from behind to win the boys 300 hurdles with a time of 40.33, just barely edging Shoemaker’s Darius Milford, who finished 0.02 seconds behind him.
Senior Justin Murphy, also a standout football player, won the boys shot put with a throw of 58-3.
Senior Cager Jack nabbed a first-place finish in the boys 400 with a time of 48.66.
Belton also won the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:18.83.
In the field events, junior Bekah Alcozer won the discus convincingly with a throw of 136-8.
The Lady Tigers finished fourth overall with 71 points while the boys also finished fourth with 54.
The Bulldawgs finished fifth overall with a score of 69 while the Lady Bulldawgs finished seventh with 19 points.
Senior Efrain Hernandez torched the field to take home the gold in the 800 and later did the same in the 1,600. Hernandez was never challenged in the 800 and finished with a time of 1:55.60, nearly five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, to repeat as champion in the event.
“I didn’t really feel any pressure, but I knew I had the mile to worry about,” Hernandez said. “So I knew I couldn’t go out and kill myself in the 800.”
In the mile, Hernandez was no worse for the wear as he was all by himself again when he crossed the finish line with a winning time of 4:30.89.
“It’s pretty exciting having two wins in one day and being one of two athletes to get out to area — and in two events,” Hernandez said.
The Eagles finished eighth overall with 24 points as did the Lady Eagles, who scored 10.
Senior Brandon Olwell took gold in the boys 110-meter hurdles with a late push past Temple sophomore Quinton Smith. Olwell crossed the line with a time of 14.82 while Smith finished the race in 14.86.
On the girls side, senior Amber Ellison dropped below 26 seconds to claim gold in the girls 200 with a time of 25.88. Heights’ JoVanna Jones and fellow Lady Roo Sinoda Emanuel, the only two to run sub-26 in the prelims, finished behind her respectively.
Senior Brittany Mitchell also claimed gold for the Lady Roos in the 1,600, winning the race comfortably with a time of 5:18.13.
The Lady Roos finished second overall with 129 points while the boys finished third with 88 points.
Junior Jamie Eckford took home the gold in the girls 800 with a time of 2:20.06.
In a pair of photo finishes, Shoemaker swept the boys and girls 100.
First up, for the girls, junior Tyriete Dixon finished 0.06 seconds head of Harker Heights’ Tadrian Rose with a time of 12.41.
Then, on the boys side, junior Tre Haynes beat teammate Dwayne Williams by a razor-thin margin of 0.03 seconds, taking the gold with a time of 11.06.
In the 400, freshman Mikayla Koester won gold with a time of 60.32, just ahead of Heights’ Samantha Lofton.
The Lady Grey Wolves finished the day strong by winning the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:02.74, just less than two seconds ahead of Harker Heights.
In the field events, junior Jasmine Rhoades won the high jump by clearing 5-2.
The Lady Grey Wolves finished third overall with 127 points, just two behind second-place Killeen, while the boys finished seventh with 63 points.