LAMPASAS — Brandon Emrick had to put everything on the line, again.

The Salado senior doesn’t like pressure, but it had a fondness for him in the discus event Wednesday.

Emrick leaped two places to win silver in the discus on his final attempt, teaming up throwing with teammate Ryan Simmons to help the Eagles to a first-day lead Wednesday at the District 25-3A track and field meet at Lampasas. “The pressure really kind of hurts me, but in the end, it makes me have to calm down and focus on what I have to do and get the job done, which I’m really happy I did today, seeing as this is my senior year, my last year to really do anything,” Emrick said.

Simmons and Emrick finished 1-2 in both the shot put and discus as the Salado boys built a nearly 22-point lead over second-place Lampasas (68-46.5) with all field events and the 3,200-meter run completed.

“We’re trying to win regionals as a team, too, so that was kind of the plan to get 1-2,” Simmons said.

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

Peyton Best and Bryce Martin placed second in the long jump (22 feet) and pole vault (14-0), respectively, for Salado and Alex Cooke finished the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 21.21 seconds for a third-place finish in the night’s final event.

Emrick, who only qualified for the discus finals on his last preliminary throw, jumped from fourth to second with his final throw of 145-9. He placed second in the shot put with a 50-9. Simmons won the shot put with a 53-6 and discus with a 167-2 on his final attempt.

“He’s been practicing really well and he even warmed up pretty well, he was just struggling at first,” Simmons said of Emrick. “I’m real glad that he was able to get a real good one out there and go to regionals with me. It’s been fun with him the whole year.”

Rachel Hildebrand and Ashley Adams both won their events for the Lady Eagles, who are third with 40 team points behind Liberty Hill (50) and Burnet (45). Lampasas is fifth with 38 points.

Hildebrand won the shot put (36-1) and placed second in the discus (108-3) and Adams won the 3,200 in 11:44.36. Morgan Hill also placed third in the triple jump (34-5½). Salado high jump stand out Carling Urben, nursing a lingering knee injury, failed to place Wednesday.

Freshman Preslie Peters and senior Taylor Brooks are peaking at the right time. The Lampasas jumping duo both leaped personal-bests Wednesday to win first- and second-place in the long jump and triple jump, respectively.

Peters and teammate Ashley Moore finished 1-2 in the long jump and Brooks actually tied for first-place in the triple jump but was technically second based on second-best marks.

“We’d written down our goals at the beginning of the year and my goal was I’m going to be district champion.

“And, knowing that I tied, I feel personally that I accomplished that goal even if technically I got second,” Brooks said.

Brooks and Liberty Hill’s Cera Dixon both jumped 35-1½, but Dixon’s second-best jump, a 34-9 was better than Brooks’ 34-5.

Peters left nothing to chance – the freshman posted her personal best and title-winning jump (16-10½) on just her second attempt. Moore won silver with her 16-7.

Marcos Kehoe picked a fine time to start training on a longer pole vault.

The Lampasas junior, who’s signed with North Texas, used all three attempts to clear 14-6, but it was enough to get him to the regional meet.

“I jacked around and almost lost,” Kehoe said. “I was playing with fire. Ultimately, if you’re trying to get to Austin, you need to practice like you’re going to be in Austin. That’s kind of how I looked at it.”

Kehoe was the only one to clear the height. He missed his one attempt at 16-1 after that and his two attempts at 16-3.

Kehoe was one of four Badgers to qualify for the regional meet.

Shonderious Howard placed second in the high jump (6-2) and Cody Crofoot and Steven Jazdyk placed third in the discus and long jump, respectively.

Crofoot threw a 140-4 to finish behind Salado’s Emrick in the discus and Jazdyk jumped a 21-3½ in the long jump.

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