By Tony Altobelli

Killeen Daily Herald

When asked what pleased him most about Friday's Ellison Eagle Relays, KHS coach Neil Searcy was stumped.

"What wasn't I impressed with might be an easier question," Searcy replied. "We did a bunch of things well. Our field events improved and we took off considerable time off several of our running events. It was a very solid meet for us."

The Roos lapped the field with a team score of 229 points. Ellison and Harker Heights tied for second with 104.

Freshman Omar Craddock's triple jump of 47 feet, 9 inches was not only the top mark of the day, it's the second-longest in the state, behind South Grand Prairie's Malcolm Williams' mark of 49-6, according to

In fact, several Killeen marks are among the state's elite, including Andrew Gumbs' triple jump of 47-3 (third in state), Keith Ladson's long jump of 22-11 (eighth), Anthony Hemmingway's school record mark of 7-0 (tied for second) and Killeen's 800-meter relay time of 1:28.04 (10th).

The Roos will return to the track on March 24 at the Harker Heights Relays.

Lady Roos show vast improvement

The Lady Roo track team quickly put behind a disappointing performance at the Temple Relays and raced to a second-place team finish at the Spruce Relays in Dallas.

Killeen (116 points) finished behind Garland (157). Irving MacArthur (87) took third.

"This meet really lifted our spirits," KHS coach Leah Cannon said. "Everyone improved on their times and marks. We've still got a long way to go, but we're getting better."

Killeen had three first-place marks in the field events. Marissa Williams took the gold in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches), Amanda McHaney won the pole vault (7-6) and LaDawn Spiller took first in the long jump (16-9).

Other top-three results include Amber Hinson in the triple jump (second, 36-8), Spiller in the 200-meter dash (third, 27.11) and Mimi Williams in the shot put (third, 34-10).

The Lady Roos will compete at the Harker Heights Relays on March 24.

Baseball, softball teams continue to play through spring break

The Killeen baseball and softball teams will enjoy the majority of their spring breaks on the diamond with action throughout the week.

Coach Mark Carranza's baseball team (4-8) will host San Angelo Lakeview on Tuesday, beginning at noon before hosting Llano (noon) and Belton (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday in a three-way doubleheader.

For the Lady Roos, they will open District 16-4A action on Tuesday at home against Brownwood (7 p.m.) before traveling to Waco University on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. matchup.

Athlete of the Week Omar Craddock, boys track, freshman triple jumper

Craddock won the triple jump with an impressive mark of 47-9 at the Ellison Relays on Friday.

Statistic of the Week .812, current batting average for Killeen senior right fielder J.T. Jones (13-for-16).

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