With a sweep of the relays, a 1-2-3 finish in the 800 meters and three other event victories, the Ellison boys track team easily won the Bulldawg Relays on Saturday in Copperas Cove.
Ellison tallied 177.5 points for the win. The rest of the top four were the Eagles’ District 8-6A rivals Harker Heights (108), Killeen (96) and Copperas Cove (66.5).
Jyaire Shorter figured prominently in the Eagles’ victory. In addition to an easy win in the 200, Shorter also ran the opening leg on Ellison’s winning 400 and 800 relays.
Shorter, Rian McKinley, Breezion Spiller and Amir Paris finished the 400 relay in 41.87 seconds, well ahead of runner-up Harker Heights.
Shorter, McKinley, DeMarkus Kahey and Paris topped the 800 relay field by more than a second.
Michael Adams, Malik Pratt, Titus Brooks and Jaelon Lemon completed the Ellison relay sweep by taking the 1,600 over Harker Heights.
Jeremiah Tomlin led the green wave in the 800 with a time of 2:05.42. Dominique Bacon (2:05.72) and Isayah Williams (2:06.07) were next.
The Eagles also swept the throwing events. Antares Gillespie topped Jonesboro’s Alex Sarmiento by an inch in the shot put with a top toss of 50 feet, 7 inches. Aubrey Kelly had a much easier time in the discus, winning by nearly 30 feet with his 159-8 throw.
Harker Heights’ Alfred Pemberton (10-98) won the 100 by two-tenths of a second over Paris. Caleb Brandon won the 400 for the Knights.
Killeen’s Devonte Cochran was one of only two athletes to win a pair of individual events. He edge teammate Colin Price by an inch
in the long jump, leaping 22-1. Cochran also won the triple jump for the second straight year.
Price cruised to a win in the 11o hurdles.
Copperas Cove dominated in the pole vault with defending champ Kyle Stifflemire leading a 1-3-4 Bulldawg finish. Stifflemire cleared 15 feet. Cove’s Neyland Block, Harker Heights’ Tyler Smith and Dillon Gooding, and Brownwood’s Nic Salazar all cleared 6 feet in the high jump, but Block did it in fewer attempts to take the victory. Smith and Salazar shared second.
Leander Rouse’s Danny Madrid swept the 1,600 and 3,200.
On the girls side, Angelica Brown helped Harker Heights extend its winning streak at the Bulldawg Relays.
Brown won the 200 and 400 and anchored the Lady Knights’ winning 1,600 relay in a dominating victory.
Heights finished with 171 points in a meet it has won every year since 2012. On Saturday, the Lady Knights were 55 points ahead of runner-up Ellison. Other District 8-6A teams in the meet were Copperas Cove (sixth, 39.5) and Killeen (seventh, 20).
Brown, who also won the 200 and 400 last year, finished the 200 in 26.26 seconds, leading a 1-3-4 showing for the Lady Knights.
She edged Temple’s Rhea Miles by three-hundredths of a second to take the 400.
Heights won all three relays. Keondra Davis, Asia Hodge, Samantha Creek and Kianah Mayfield won the 4x100. Allison Sistrunk, Creek, Sorcha Dunn and Mayfield won by 2 seconds in the 4x200. Hannah Mabry, Jasmine Early, Alicia Wilder and Brown easily won the 4x400.
Hodge and Mayfield finished 1-2 for Heights in the 100.
Kayla Brown was the Lady Knights’ only winner in the field events, taking the shot put win.
Ellison won three field events. Amiyah Willis took the long jump. Shauntia Landrum won the triple jump, and Katina Stephen led the discus field.
Copperas Cove’s Aidan Chace cleared 5-5 for an easy win in the high jump. She was 5 inches ahead of the runner-up.
Joining Brown as double winners in individual events were Brownwood’s Kyra Young (800, 1600) and Trinity Jackson (300 hurdles, pole vault). They helped the Lady Lions finish third with 98.5 points.