LAMPASAS — Shoulder-to-shoulder, neither Salado’s Peyton Best nor Lampasas’ Avery Gary let up.The two sprint relay anchors were inseparable the final 100 meters. They even fell over the line together.

But Best jumped up first.

“I don’t know. I’ve been doing track for four years, you just kind of know when you win,” the Salado senior said. The Eagles sprinters edged Lampasas by two one-hundredths of a second and that was just the first varsity boys race on the second day of the District 25-3A track meet Thursday at Lampasas.Jake Simmons won the 300-meter hurdles for Salado’s only other first-place finish, but the Eagles won what they’ve coveted since it lost to Lampasas late last year — the team district title.

“It was tense. We’ve been practicing for this all year and it just came down to who wanted it the most and I guess they wanted it because we came in second, but fierce competition just gives us a reason to fight for it even more,” Gary said after the sprint relay. “At regionals, we’re going to show them that we’re coming for them.”

The Region IV-3A meet is April 27-28 at Corpus Christi’s Wildcat Stadium.

The Salado boys picked up second-place finishes by Joe Owens (200), Alex Cooke (1,600) and its 800-meter relay and 14 total top-6 finishes Wednesday to beat Lampasas 155-142.5 for the district title. Liberty Hill finished third with 141 points.

Steven Jazdyk led the Badgers’ 1-2 finish in the 100 meters and anchored Lampasas’ 800-meter relay, which beat Salado’s by 17 tenths of a second.

“We were just putting ourselves out there,” Jazdyk said. “We faced them a couple times already and Salado beat us. We were like, ‘It’s OK, we’re all right. Get that out of your head, this is going to decide who’s the best team.’ We’re looking forward to racing them at regionals.”

Zach Adams won the 110-meter hurdles, Tanner Swinford was second in the 100 and Luke Moncus was second in the 300 hurdles.

Austin Silva also qualified for the regional meet for the Salado boys with his third-place finish in the 100.

“This has been each and every one our of goals since this season started to just build on last year,” Silva said. “It left a bad taste in our mouth and we just wanted to finish it strong, especially knowing we’re going back to 2A next year. This is our last year and if we wanted to do it, it’s now or never.”Gary finished third in the 200 and the Badgers’ mile relay also finished third to qualify for regionals.

Catherine Bloomfield, Ashley Moore and the Lady Badgers’ mile relay all won district gold medals, but Liberty Hill held on to win the team title with 133 points. Lampasas finished with 127 and Salado finished third with 122.

Moore won the 400 meters and led off Lampasas’ 1,600-meter relay and Bloomfield won the 100-meter hurdles. Moore also placed third in the 200 meters.

Salado’s Morgan Hill won the 300-meter hurdles, coming from fourth to win the event in a frantic final 20 meters.

“All I was thinking was the hope that I had the strength to finish it. But, I’m not going to lie, I was dying,” Hill said. “My endurance kind of got me and then adrenaline took over.”Bloomfield actually led the field by about 10 meters in the final straightaway but a late studder step by the Lampasas sophomore and strong kicks from Hill and others relegated Bloomfield to fourth.“I sped it up a little bit and I think I overstrided one of the last hurdles ... when they’re really close like that, you can’t make a mistake like that,” Bloomfield said.

Taylor Atwood (200) and Ashley Adams (1,600) both placed second and Molly Colvin placed third in the 100-meters to qualify for regionals for Salado. Hailey Morrison qualfied for Lampasas with her third-place finish in the 400.

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