COPPERAS COVE — Having just watched her main competition leap 18-feet, 2-inches, Aloysia Young didn’t care what it took, she was going to surpass it.

“I just knew if she was jumping far, I had to jump further,” Young said of Harker Heights’ Kiara McCoy, who’s second finals attempt put her in the lead by 3½ inches.

Young tried to motivate herself with a little positive reinforcement.

“‘I’ve got to get further, I’ve got to get further,’ that was all I was thinking,” Young said. “‘Go further, go further. Knees up, drive, push as far as you can.’”

It paid off as Young went just enough — a quarter of an inch — to win the district championship in the long jump with a leap of 18-2¼ Wednesday morning on the first day of the District 12-5A track and field meet at Bulldawgs Stadium.

Young was one of three district champions for the Grey Wolves, who also saw fellow juniors Johnny Jefferson take gold in the triple jump and Cion Hicks easily win the shot put.

Much like Young, Jefferson’s shot at gold appeared in doubt after Bryan’s Bykece Campbell eclipsed him with a leap of 46-3½ on his final attempt.

“I was scared because I thought, ‘I only have one more attempt to beat this guy,’ and so I had to go through everything in my head to see it right,” Jefferson said.

Treating the situation like the fourth quarter of a football game, the Baylor committed running back took advantage of his quick feet to earn the district title with a leap of 46-4 on his final attempt.“As a matter of fact I stutter-stepped to make sure I was behind the board ... but my first phase was so good that it carried me through to win the thing,” said Jefferson.

Hick’s gold medal wasn’t nearly as difficult to earn, locking up her winning distance of 43-1 on her second preliminary attempt despite several imperfect throws.

“I still didn’t even do that throw correctly — I didn’t get my chest up and it just seemed like my glide was a little bit dead today — but it got out there, so I was OK with it and I was able to relax a lot more,” Hicks said.


If only high school athletes could compete in the decathlon, maybe Levi Jordan could be a little happier with his performance Wednesday.

Seriously contemplating committing to the UT-San Antonio as a decathlete, the Belton senior begrudgingly earned himself a little bit of hardware with a winning throw of 161-5½ in the discus.“Some of my marks aren’t great for the open events but if you calculate them they add up to a lot of points for the decathlon,” Jordan said.

He added: “I can’t do one thing better than everybody else, but if I can do everything (well), I think I can be the best.”

Sometimes a display of dominance is all you need.

Despite initially getting caught in the pack, Ellison’s Silvester Harrison wanted to show why he’s considered the best distance runner in the district.

Pulling out front about the 600-meter mark, the Baylor-bound Harrison never again saw the back of a competitor’s jersey — unless he was lapping them — en route to easily winning the 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 45.61 seconds.

“Today I just felt comfortable taking the lead because I wanted to establish my dominance over the field,” Harrison said. “So I just took it from there and everything seemed to fall into place after that. No one really tried to pass me, that’s always a good thing.”

Cory Scott’s head just got in the way.

Having cleared 6-foot-6 in the high jump with ease nearly all season, the Copperas Cove jumper hit the bar with his head twice, including practically falling headfirst into the bar on his final attempt at the height.

“I’ve been worried about my shins lately, and so I wasn’t trying to overdo it, just make sure I got to regionals and then I was going to try and coast it,” Scott said. “I really wanted this district championship, but I fell short — couldn’t get over it.”

Scott, who’d cleared his previous three heights easily on the first try, nevertheless accomplished his goal of making regionals, advancing as the second-place finisher after A&M Consolidated’s Alex Caruso cleared 6-6 on his final attempt.

The Harker Heights girls put themselves in great position to retake the District 12-5A championship after advancing three runners apiece in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races.

The Lady Knights even took three of the top four times in the 100-meter dash, with Brittany Adkins (12.083) set to line up in Lane 4 next to teammates McCoy and Janelle Brown.

But Heights won’t be without its competition as Shoemaker’s LeKesha Jelks took the top preliminary time in both the 200 (25.09) and 400 (55.33) while teammate Tearra Roberson had it in both the 100 (15.337) and the 300 hurdles by more than 2½ seconds (45.39).

On the boys side, Knights speedster Brandon Hill posted the fastest time in both the 100 (10.72) and the 200 (21.819), finishing mere tenths of a second ahead of Jefferson in the 100 and Bryan’s Henry Taylor in the 200.

Ellison’s Sean McBryde had the top time in the 400 (50.28), half a second ahead of Consolidated’s Tyler Phillips, while Cove’s Blake Harris and Eric Martinez each had the second-best time in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

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