By Justin Boyd
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS The Harker Heights Lady Knights claimed another meet, continuing the best season in school history while the Knights fell by a single point Thursday at the fifth annual Knights Relays.
With a total score of 154, the Lady Knights took the event while the Ellison Lady Eagles finished second (140). Shoemaker (84 points) finished third, Hewitt Midway (78) took fourth followed by Temple (60), Belton (39), Round Rock McNeil (33) and Fort Worth South Hills (25).
Aided by first-place finishes in the 800- and 1,600-meter relays, McNeil bested the Knights track team by a tally of 131.5-130.5. Midway (94) took third, Belton (83) finished in the fourth spot followed by Temple (72), Ellison (53), Pflugerville Hendrickson (42) and Fort Worth South Hills (9).
The victory was the Lady Knights third in five meets this season and not the first time they had to fend off the Lady Eagles for the win.
In their last meet in Belton, Heights and Ellison tied for the top spot with the Lady Knights taking the trophy via a coin flip. Two weeks ago in Temple, the Lady Knights topped Ellison by just one point. Thursday's win represented the Lady Knights largest margin of victory over Ellison this season.
"We've been battling with Ellison all year," Heights girls head coach Michelle Womack said. "Ellison's not in our district but they're a big rival and they're very loaded this year as well. It's always competitive with them.
"This has been an excellent season for us so far," Womack said. "We're very deep."
Nowhere is that depth more apparent than in the sprints.
Krystal Jones took the 100 dash with a time of 11.95 with Brittani Simmons finishing second (12.06). Danielle Brock (25.21) won the 200 and Denise Galvez finished third.
Ellison won both the 400 and 800 relays with Heights finishing as the runner-up in each. In the 1,600 relay, Shoemaker finished first followed by Ellison and Midway.
In long distance events, Krystal Charles won the 3,200 meter run, Jessica Gardner took the 1,600 and Jonetha Singleton finished second to Ellison's Jasmine Clark in the 800.
The Lady Knights did well in the field events as well.
Both LaTasha Watson and Brock broke the school-record of 18 feet, 7 inches in the long jump. Watson took first, setting the new mark at 19-. Brock finished third at 18-10.
In the discus, Stacy Edmonds finished second to Ellison's Jazmin Dickens and in the process broke the school mark. Dickens finished fourth in the shot put.
Heights' Elaina Hurd tied the high jump record of 5-2, finishing fifth in the competition. Ellison's Kymbra Lovan won the triple jump.
While recognizing that losing by one point is always tough, the loss was even worse for Knights head coach John Dulaney, who didn't even know for sure his team had lost.
"Because we were running our own meet, I didn't keep up with the points like I normally do," Dulaney said. "I didn't know we lost until I saw the final standings."
The second-place finish tied the Knights' best of the season. They finished second at the Eagle Invitational and took third at Temple.
Of the Knights' 130.5 total points, 60.5 of them came in the field events.
B.J. Simmons won the triple jump with a jump of 45-4, Ellison's Javarise Donald took third. Simmons finished second in the long jump followed by EHS' Ryan Bernal in fourth and Heights' Chris Morris in fifth.
Heights' Jermaine Jameson won the high jump (6-6) with Kevin Thompson finishing third.
Three Knights placed in the discus. Matt Shifflet took first with a throw of 161-11 followed by John Switzer in second and Matt Kalish in sixth. Shifflet finished fourth in the shot put and Ellison's Tsolumwe Tsolumba took third.
The Knights won the 400 relay and finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600 and 800 relay.
With a time of 10.66, Simmons won the 100 while Ellison's Anthony Rodgers finished fourth. Thompson took second in the 400 and J.J Hough finished fifth in the 800.
Ellison had three athletes place in the 110 hurdles. Dominick Bass garnered third, Donald took fourth and Richard Sanders claimed fifth.
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