By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
John Warren made it to state last year as a wild card.
Nothing is wild about his chances this year. Warren won the triple jump and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and the long jump to lead Killeen to a victory at the Bulldawg Relays in Copperas Cove on Saturday.
The Roos scored 112 team points to edge Temple, which was led by Gaylon Sanders, who won the 400-meter relay and placed second in the 100 and 200 dashes.
Warren won the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 11 inches and was behind his teammate, Anthony Watkins, in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.34 seconds. Watkins won in 15.2 and placed second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.99. Killeen's Victor Glaze won the high jump with a height of 6-8.
DeAnthony Graham of Copperas Cove won the 400 with time of 51.26 as the Bulldawgs finished third at their own met with 103 points. Cameron Woodbury won the 3,200 run for Cove (10:05.7) and placed second in the 1,600 (4:42.71).
Harker Heights placed fifth at the meet, but as buoyed by the performance of Brandon Hill, who won both the 100 and 200 with times of 10.7 and 22.7 respectively and led the Knights to a victory in the 800 relay.
Heights wins Lady Dawg relays
The Harker Heights Lady Knights literally ran away with the title at the Lady Dawg Relays this weekend, earning 178 points to blow by their next closest competition - Waco Connally, which finished with 97 points.
Kiara McCoy, Brittany Adkins and Janell Brown took the top three positions in the 100-meter dash with times of 12.72, 12.86 and 13.34, respectively.
Aliayah McDonald won both the 200 and 400 for Heights (26.57 and 58.95) and Kassandra Booker won the 800 run (2:23.22). Heights also swept all three relays with a mixture of those runners, Jasmine Williams and Kennetra Hill. Killeen's Brittany Mitchell also had a strong day, winning both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs (5:17.47, 11:02.52).
Gatesville loses in consolation final - At Waco, the Hornets had a four-run fourth inning and Ashley Cook went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Lauren Nichols went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases in an 8-3 win over Italy at the Waco Midway tournament.
Evan Edmiston picked up the win.
In a 12-1 loss to Burleson Centennial in the consolation final, Kendra Powell tripled and scored on Cook's RBI.
Lampasas 15, Robinson 7 - At Stephenville, Hadley Brown was a single short of the cycle, hitting a home run, triple and a double as the Lady Badgers (6-2) outhit the Lady Rockets at the Stephenville tournament.
Hailey Morrison led Lampasas with three RBIs and Alex Caruthers and Kelsi Gilseth each had two RBIs in the win.
Heights splits for third straight day - At Round Rock, the Lady Knights started the day with their second victory (10-8) over Highland Park in three days, but fell to Cedar Park Vista Ridge 14-0.
Regan McIlvenna, Allyssa Victorian, Courtney Luedecking and Ashlyn Osborne all had RBIs for Harker Heights in the win.
Copperas finishes fourth - At Waco, the Lady Dawgs opened the day with a 3-2 loss to Lorena, leaving nine runners on base at the Waco tournament.
But Cove rallied in Game 2 for a 4-2 win over Robinson. The Lady Dawgs finished the day with a 5-1 loss to Crawford in the third-place game. Irene Espinoza hit her fourth home run.
McGregor 21, Florence 2 - At Little River, Samantha Vaughan led off the fourth inning with a triple and scored on a dropped third strike, but it was not enough to stave off a four-inning run rule as the Lady Buffaloes lost to McGregor.
Elizabeth Andrews had an RBI groundout in the inning.
Florence 23, Dublin 2 - At Goldthwaite, Dublin simply gave up.
Florence batted around more than once and Dublin brought only seven batters to the plate in the blowout win to finish out at the Goldwaithe tournament. Peyton Person and Ben Futrell both had home runs for the Buffaloes.
Gatesville 3, Glen Rose 2 - At Gatesville, Trevor Barton had three hits and a pair of RBIs as the Hornets won their own tournament with a one-run win over Glen Rose.
Micah Thompson pitched six innings for Gatesville to pick up the win and Cullen Mayhew came in for the save.
Llano 16, Lampasas 7 - At Fredericksburg, Trey Beauregard and Micah Harry each plated three runs, but it was enough to keep up with Llano in the Badgers' final game at the Fredericksburg tournament.
Beauregard went 2-for-4 and Harry was 1-for-4 to earn all-tournament honors for Lampasas, which plays at Shoemaker on Thursday.
Belton 8, Midland 5 - At Round Rock, Shane Ward went 4-for-5 with three doubles and had an RBI and a run as the Tigers won their consolation game at the Round Rock tournament.
Austin Bishoff had a double and two RBIs for Belton and Joey Hogan had a double with the bases loaded in the third. Justin Golden picked up the win for the Tigers and Taylor Leahy got the save.