Ellison continued its dominance this season by easily capturing the championship at the Killeen ISD Relays on Friday.
With eight first-place finishes, including all three relays races, the Eagles accumulated 163.5 points to nearly double second-place Harker Heights’ production. The Knights finished with 82 points.
On the track, Amir Paris (200-meter dash, 22.16 seconds), Michael Adams (400, 49.47) and Reggie Evelyn (1,600, 4:46.76) each collected gold medals, while Antares Gillespie (shot put, 51 feet, one-half inch) and Aubrey Kelly (discus, 149-8) won in the field events.
The Eagles 400 relay team (Breezion Spiller, Paris, Jyaire Shorter and Rian McKinley) posted a time of 41.65, and the quartet had a time of 1:27.55 in the 800 relay. In the 1,600 relay, Jaelon Lemon, Malik Pratt and Michael Adams joined Shorter to post a winning time of 3:21.56.
Harker Heights’ lone gold medal came in the 100 as A.J. Pemberton crossed the finish line in 10.73.
The Knights narrowly edged out Belton (79), while Temple (61.5), Del Valle (59), Shoemaker (57), Killeen (51) and Copperas Cove (39) followed in the standings.
Jeremias Serrano, of Shoemaker, won the 3,200 with a time of 10:05.78, while teammate Darrell Crowder’s time of 39.82 was good for first place in the 300 hurdles.
Other area athletes to capture gold medals included Copperas Cove’s Kyle Stifflemire (pole vault, 15-6), Killeen’s Devonte Cochran, who won the long jump (22-4) and triple jump (46-4.5).
Belton emerged with the girls title, scoring 111.5 points, while the Lady Grey Wolves finished 6.5 points behind to place second.
Ellison (86.5) and Harker Heights (79) followed in the standings.
Despite sweeping the relay races and walking away with four first-place showings, Shoemaker fell just shy of a team championship.
In the 400 relay, the Lady Grey Wolves quartet of Grace Parker, Kayla Scott, Geordan Blanchard and Taylia Jones recorded a winning time of 48.63, while Zoe Pearson replaced Blanchard on the 800-relay team, helping Shoemaker to a time of 1:45.53. In the 1,600 relay, Pearson, Jones, Blanchard and LaTia Wooten earned gold in 4:04.23.
Additionally, Parker won the 100 in 12.51.
Allison Sistrunk, of Harker Heights, placed first in the 200 with a time of 26.34, Ellison’s Reagan Davies won the pole vault (8-6), and Copperas Cove’s Aidan Chace cleared 5-4 to claim gold in the high jump.
The Lady Bulldawgs placed seventh in the final standings with 25, and Killeen was ninth (24).
En route to the championship, Belton dominated the distance running events with Jordan Jones claiming gold in the 1,600 (5:38.57) and the 3,200 (12:41.70), while teammate Sela Anderson won the 300 hurdles in a time of 46.77. Delany Presley also placed first for the Lady Tigers in the shot put with a heave measuring 36-2.