Bobby Smith stole the show in the throwing events at the District 7/8-6A area track and field meet Thursday at Waco Midway.

Smith broke his own school record in the discus with a throw of 196 feet, 6 inches to capture gold, and he also hurled the shot put 57-8 to earn gold and move on to the Region I-6A meet in both events.

The top four finishers in each event at area qualified for the regional competition.

In boys running events, Killeen’s Cinque Sambula won gold in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 55.48 seconds. Sambula finished third in the 400 dash in 48.99, as well.

A.J. Pemberton, of Harker Heights, added a gold medal to his mantle in the 100 dash with a time of 10.85. Copperas Cove’s Eric Caine and Killeen’s Carlos Wilson tied for third in the same event in 11.04.

Pemberton was also a member of the Knights’ 4x200 relay team that captured a first-place finish, crossing the finish line in 1:25.26. The other three members of the squad were Mikel Stone, Shamel Allwood and Adrese Atkins.

Atkins added a second-place finish in the 200 dash, crossing the finish line in 22.08. Atkins was followed by Shoemaker’s Tyri’K Barnes in third in 22.13, and Stone earned a fourth-place finish in 22.18.

The Harker Heights quartet of Stone, Jovan Elliot, Devante Hodge and Pemberton earned a bronze medal in the 400-relay with a time of 41.31 seconds.

In the 1,600 relay, Harker Heights and Ellison captured silver and bronze, respectively. The Knights’ team of Jevon Wallace, Jalen Flowers, Allwood and Atkins ran the event in 3:20.06, and Ellison’s team of Michael Adams, Jaelon Lemon, James Turner and De Markus Kahey crossed the finish line in 3:20.09.

In the 110 hurdles, Shoemaker’s Landen Gray finished second with a time of 15.06, and Ellison’s Sullivan Sanders was fourth in the same event in 15.19. Gray added a bronze in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.29, and Killeen’s Colin Price was fourth in the same event in 39.54.

In the 1,600, Dominik Gross was fourth with a time of 4:31.16.

In other boys field events, Turner earned gold in pole vault with a height of 14 feet, while Kyle Stifflemire, of Copperas Cove, was second with a height of 13 feet, and Belton’s Matt Mahler tied for third with a height of 12-6.

Josh Canete, of Copperas Cove, earned a gold medal in high jump with a leap of 6-9, while Wilson earned silver for Killeen in the long jump with a distance of 23-3, and Wallace was third for Harker Heights with a distance of 22-11.

Ellison’s Jayden Smith captured gold in triple jump with a leap of 47-9¾. Devonte Cochran was second with a distance of 47-4¼.

Aubrey Kelly, of Ellison, and Tyler Kanaly, of Killeen, were second and third in discus, respectively, with distances of 158-11 and 156-10. Kelly also had a bronze-medal throw of 49-2 in shot put.

Overall, Harker Heights finished the meet second as a team with 77 points, followed by Killeen in third with 75 and Ellison in fourth with 59. Copperas Cove was eighth with 45 points, Shoemaker was 10th with 20 and Belton was 12th with four.

In girls running events, the Belton tandem of Brooke Gilmore and Jordan Jones was first and second, respectively, in the 3,200 with times of 11:55.91 and 12:23.55. Gilmore also earned gold in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:12.91.

Amber Boyd, of Copperas Cove, captured gold in the 800 meters in 2:17.76, while Shoemaker’s Zoe Pearson was third in 2:21.02. Boyd also had a silver-medal finish in the 1,600 in 5:14.05.

Jazzman Clare, of Harker Heights, earned a gold medal in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.10.

She added a bronze medal in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.88.

Harker Heights’ Angelica Brown earned bronze and Shoemaker’s Mikayla Koester finished fourth in the 400 dash. Brown crossed the finish line in 56.76, and Koester finished in 56.93.

Shoemaker’s quartet of Jaela Hingle, Pearson, Geordan Blanchard and Koester was third in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:55.79, while the Copperas Cove team of Anayah Copeland, Talia Kinslow, Imari Neal and Boyd was fourth with a time of 3:58.70.

In girls field events, Aspen Thomas, of Belton, tied for first in pole vault with a height of 9-6.

Reagan Davies, of Ellison, was third with a height of 9 feet.

Belton’s Kaylee Hausum won bronze in the discus with a toss of 119-3, while Copperas Cove’s Aidan Chace also earned bronze in the high jump with a height of 5 feet.

Shoemaker’s Cherith Hicks and Belton’s Delany Presley threw distances of 36-4¾ and 36-3, respectively, in shot put to earn silver and bronze.

Belton was fifth overall as a team with 50 points, followed by Copperas Cove and Harker Heights in sixth with 33. Shoemaker was eighth with 30 points, Ellison was 10th with 14 and Killeen was 11th with eight.

The regional meet is scheduled for April 28-29 at Maverick Stadium in Arlington.

Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Previously spent time as sports editor at both the Hereford Brand and the Gatesville Messenger. Graduate of West Texas A&M University.

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