HARKER HEIGHTS — With just a few weeks left, the goal is in sight.

And if Friday’s performance is any indication, the Harker Heights girls track team should have no problem defending last season’s District 12-5A championship.

Winners of five of six meets this season, with the lone exception a second place at Georgetown, the Lady Knights took first place in nine of 17 events for 210 points to best runner-up Temple (167) and Killeen (141) at the Knights Relays on Friday.

“We’re just hoping to keep everything heading in the right direction and hopefully defend our title,” Heights girls track coach Michelle Womack said.

Leading the charge for Heights was junior Aliayah McDonald, who claimed three gold medals. She posted her second-fastest time of the year in the 400-meter dash (56.22 seconds) to beat teammate Kassandra Booker by more than four seconds. McDonald also edged teammate Kiarra McCoy by .10 seconds in the 100 (12.76) and ran the anchor leg of the mile relay that clocked its fastest time this season (3:58.79) along with Booker, Jasmine Williams, and Alithea Collins.

Fellow Lady Knight Brittany Adkins notched personal-bests in both the long jump (17 feet, 9 inches) and 200 (26.65), beating Williams by .04 seconds, and helped the 400 relay set a season-best time of 48.29 along with Jordan Oglesby,

Valencia Lock and McCoy. The relay finished nearly two full seconds ahead of the runners-up from Killeen: Bria McIver, Laberrica Degrate, Ghiniva Phillips, and Kayla Bias.

Heights had its 800 relay take first as Mariah Mack, Oglesby, Lock and Williams won by more than a second (1:46.06) over Temple.

Taking home individual golds for the Lady Knights were Ambria Mack in the high jump (5 feet) and Booker, who beat Killeen’s Kayven Sambula by nearly five seconds in the 800 (2:22.58).

The Lady Roos had several gold-medal performances too. Brittney Mitchell and Imari Simpson beat Heights’ Marissa Austin and Courtney Flemming in the 1,600 (5:23.00) and shot put (35-9), respectively, De’quise Robinson and Breeya Polk finished 1-2 in the discus with throws of 108-5 and 105-11, and Tiare Dugger won the 100-meter hurdles.

On the boys side, Killeen edged out runner-up Del Valle and the Knights to win the team title with 146 points, despite only three first-place finishers.

Taking gold for the Roos were triple jumper John Warren (47-2½), high jumper Victor Glaze (6-4), who bested teammate Anthony Taylor by two inches, and 800 runner Matthew Rodell (1:59.46). Killeen was helped by silver medal finishes by Tommy Creer in the long jump, Warren in the 110 hurdles behind Copperas Cove’s Eddie Menyweather (15.75) and the 400 relay (Norman Crawford, Daniel McCants, Robert Sylvester and Creer).

Heights walked away with a meet-high six golds, three by Kyle Thompson, who ran the 400 on a whim and came away with a school-record time (48.38). The Texas signee also finished first in his normal 1,600 (4:44.64) and as the anchor of the mile relay (3:22.61), joined by Javan Stanford, Justin Brown and Elijah Brown, who took silver in the 800 relay with Ashton Claire. Elijah Brown finished second in the 100.

Louis Samuel of Heights won both the shot put (44-9) and discus (144-8), edging a pair of Bulldawgs in Darius McClinton and Eli Kuhns, respectively, while Kansas-signee Regan Gilbert won the pole vault (15-6).

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