By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
SAN ANTONIO - Jaquail Haskins' good enough was almost enough to bring the Kangaroos' sprint relay back from fourth to first. The junior had to settle for a regional silver medal.
Not again. Not in the 100 meters.
Haskins won the 100 in 11.19 seconds and, with DreVan Anderson-Kaapa's gold- and bronze-medal performances Tuesday, led the Kangaroos track team to a third-place team finish on the final day of the Region IV-4A Track and Field meet at Alamo Stadium.
"I wanted this feeling so bad last year. I think that motivated me to get first-place (this year)," Haskins said between gasps after the 100.
He was breathing just as hard and celebrated still after leading the Roos' 400 relay back from fourth to second, and only a hundreth of a second behind winner Pflugerville Hendrickson.
"My team, they worked their butts off," Haskins said. "Somebody messed up, we all messed up. I had to make up for it, but they'd do the same for me."
Killeen led the meet through the next-to-last event, but without a mile-relay finished third with 44 team points behind Hendrickson (55) and Boerne Champion (48).
The Lady Roos, who won the District 25-4A title for the first time in recent memory, finished tied for eighth overall with Schertz Clemens with 24 points, but had just Bria McIver in the 100-meter hurdles qualify for the state meet May 14-15 in Austin.
Brittany Ivory finished seventh in the 200 (27.43) as did the Lady Roos' 1,600 relay (4:06.07). The sprint relay, however, finished fourth (49.82).
Senior pole vaulter Ariel Jackson cleared only the 8-0 opening height after placing second at the district meet by clearing 8-6.
Lampasas youths make strong showing
Lampasas freshman pole vaulter Marcus Kehoe had higher hopes than 13-6 and sixth-place. Hopes so high, in fact, he felt them slip away.
Kehoe missed twice at 13-6 before finally clearing it on his last attempt and then barely missing at 14 feet on his first attempt. After that first attempt, Kehoe's attempts missed further and further and he ultimately fell what could've been second-place and a state-qualifying finish.
"It's awesome and I'm really happy that I'm going to have another chance but I was kind of looking at this and I was thinking, 'well, there might be a shot,'" Kehoe said. "... It went from second-place to sixth-place in just one jump. It's just one of those things where, it's hard to tell. I'm glad to be a freshman and be able to do that.
"I had a pretty first attempt at it and I cleared it by about five inches and came down on it and then after that issues with poles
Kehoe's vaulting teammate, Amber Castle, wasn't as close to Austin but nearly matched a personal best and cleared the first two heights, an improvement from last year's no-height experience at regionals.
Castle, who finished third at district, couldn't keep the bar from rattling off the peg on her third try at 9-0 after clearing 8-0 - the height she went out on at district - and 8-6 on first attempts.
"It's not a big deal that I didn't do too good because honestly, I know I did my best," Castle said
Badgers' three-event qualifier Aaron Reyna placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Reyna, who failed to make the finals in the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump, finished in 15.85 seconds, leaving only Brode Dubose, a first-day qualifier in the discus, as the Badgers' only state-bound athlete.
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