ROUND ROCK — While their classmates were winding down the last few days of spring break, the Killeen and Shoemaker track teams went back to work and had one final chance to improve their times and qualify for the Texas Relays.
The Shoemaker boys and Killeen girls both took second place at the Raider Relays on Saturday at Cedar Ridge High School.
“The kids worked hard,” Killeen boys track coach Greg Russell said. “We had two good days of practice on Thursday and Friday and they competed well.”
The Kangaroos accumulated 66 points and finished 13 behind first-place Brenham. Host Cedar Ridge came in third with 61 points while the Shoemaker boys placed sixth with 49 points.
The Lady Wolves finished with 70.11 points, 45 behind champion Converse Judson. Round Rock scored 55.5 points to round out the top three while the Lady Roos finished fifth with 43.61 points.
Javon McCray scored eight points with a second-place finish in the triple jump (43 feet, 7½ inches).
Both T’Mond Johnson and Dominic Dungca walked away with bronze medals. Johnson’s (133-1¼) came in the discus while Dungca’s (20-2¾) came in the long jump.
Killeen’s relay team was second in the 400-meter relay (41.54 seconds) and third in the 800 relay (1:28.80).
The Lady Wolves also got some good showings from Jamira Patterson, Yaritxza Rivera and Lanasha Reed in the field events.
Reed (36-3½) got the gold in the shot put while Rivera (110-5) took silver in the girls discus and Patterson (5-2) tied Judson’s Lena Wilson for the silver in the high jump.
“For the conditions they were dealing with, they did well,” Russell said. “During the field events, we had to stop a few times because the rain was coming in. They weren’t distracted and they did the best that they could with those conditions.”
The Lady Grey Wolves relay teams finished second in both the 400 (48.07) and 3,200 (10:21.21) and third in the 800 (1:44.85).
Brittany Mitchell, a West Texas A&M signee, led the Lady Roos with a second-place 3,200 run of 11:32.39 to go along with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 (5:31.19).
Killeen’s Sinoda Emanuel finished fifth in both the long jump (15-7¼) and triple jump (33-10½).
Teammate Dionna Tucker finished one spot ahead of Emanuel in the triple jump (34-32½) while Genesis Reid placed fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.18).
The Grey Wolves combination of Toma Rivera and Darius Milford took first and second place in the 110 hurdles. Rivera finished with a time of 15.27, 0.08 seconds ahead of Milford.
Davon Brewton took the bronze in the triple jump (43-7). Shoemaker’s boys relay team took second in the 3,200 (8:56.02).