By Tony Altobelli

Killeen Daily Herald

Already two meets into the season, the Killeen Kangaroos are showing the competition just how strong they are.

After winning the Bryan meet, the Roos made it two in a row with a convincing win at the Temple meet with a team score of 211. Waco finished a distant second with 111, while Harker Heights placed third with 87.

"We ran well at Bryan, but we managed to improve our times and distances in each event and that was great to see," KHS coach Neil Searcy said. "It's all about getting stronger and faster as the meets roll on and we're doing just that."

Perhaps the biggest highlight for the Roo boys came in the 800-meter relay, where the foursome of Columbus Givens, Noah Haggerty, Donald Fulbright and Keith Myles set a new meet record with a time of 1 minute, 29.62 seconds.

Givens, Fulbright, Jamel Jackson and Bryson Haggerty took the gold in the 400 relay with a 42.12.

In the 3,200, Karl Kmiecik (10:34), Peter Forshee (10:48) and Steven Salak (11:03) finished 2-3-4, respectively. Kmiecik also took second in the 1,600 (4:47).

After qualifying for state last year, pole vaulter Jovanni Jenkins showed he's looking for a return trip after placing first with a jump of 13 feet, 9 inches. Teammates Quentin Reese (11-6) and Aaron Vann (11-0) were close behind.

Another 1-2-3 finish came in the high jump, led by Anthony Hemingway's mark of 6-6. Keith Ladson (6-4) and Chris Johnson (6-4) rounded out the top three.

In the 800, Zachary Davis ran away with the event, coming in with a 2:03.

Killeen showed its speed, finishing 1-2 in the 100, led by Tim Odie's time of 10.71. Odie also finished second in the 400 (50.00). Bryson Haggerty was close behind with a 10.78 and was a runner-up in the 200 (22.53).

Other top-three finishes included Noah Haggerty in the long jump (22-6) and 200 (22.08), Leroy Johnson in the triple jump (43-7), Chris Johnson in the 300 hurdles (41.50) and Sylvester Young in the 400 (51.35).

On the girls side, with 127 points, the Lady Roos finished second behind 5A standout Harker Heights (180).

"There's still room for improvement, but I'm happy with the times we're posting," KHS girls coach Leah Cannon said. "We still need some polishing up on some handoffs on the relay events, but that's to be expected this time of the year."

Tiffany Townsend took home the gold in the 200 with a time of 24.90. She also anchored the victorious 400 relay team with a 48.08, joining Denise Marion, Tiara Taylor and LaDawn Spiller.

Another winner came in the 800 where Jessica Benson topped the field with a time of 2:27.

Taylor excelled in the triple jump, placing second with a mark of 35-6, while Spiller finished second in the long jump (17-5).

The Lady Roos will compete at the Vista Ridge meet on Saturday.

Athlete of the Week DeAngelo Jackson, boys soccer, junior forward

Jackson's goal in the 80th minute led the Roos to a 4-3 District 17-4A road win over Lorena on Friday night.

Statistic of the Week 10, number of times the Roo boys basketball team has advanced to the regional quarterfinals during coach Bo Burgess' 20-year stint as the KHS coach.

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