Rain, cool weather dampen HOT Relays

Coleman dominated the 57th annual Brady-Heart of Texas Relays on a cool and damp day last Saturday, but the Brady coaches are so pleased with the way their athletes competed. Boys’ coach Doug Holtzclaw and girls’ Nicole Jones both praised their teams in this their first outing of the 2001 track schedule. One of the oldest continuous track meets in Texas isn’t what it used to be, but the five schools that were on display Saturday showed some pretty fair country track and field. Coleman’s Bluecats, especially the varsity boys, put up some gaudy numbers of the first meet of the season. Both Bluecat relay teams turned in some “district meet times” in winning handily. The 400-meter foursome was clocked in 43.93 second while the mile relay team was timed in 3:27.43. To boot, the Cat’s top-notched tailback, Jamaine Robinson, showed that he’s also a fine jumper as he won the triple jump and long jump. Reggie Murphy also had some nifty work in the weights as he won the shot put in 50-8 and the discus in 161-1. Coleman won the boys’ varsity division with 196 1/2 points, while Brady finished with second with 140 points. Bangs had 94 1/2, Liberty Hill 56 and Ballinger 32. In the girls’ varsity group, the Lady Bluecats almost doubled up the field, scoring 207 points to Brady’s 110. Bangs notched 92 points and Ballinger had 54. The JV boys’ division was by far the closest of the four. Liberty Hill edged Coleman, 128-121 1/2, while the Brady team was third at 117. Bangs took fourth with 92 while Ballinger was fifth with 82 1/2. It was a race to the final two events in the JV girls’ division as Coleman finished on top with 213 points, followed by Brady’s 193. Ballinger and Bangs were far behind with 32 and 8 points, respectively. Holtzclaw was especially proud of a pair of juniors’Johnny Menefield and Blake Raybion. They both scored 18 points for the Bulldogs. Freshman Carter McBee racked up 17 points while Montie King finished second in both the 3200 and 1600-meter runs to finish with 16 points. “We had no first places in the varsity boys’ division, but I was really pleased with our distance kids. They were just outstanding. We were second, third and fourth in the 3200 and second, fifth and sixth in the 1600,” Holtzclaw said. He added that the sprint relay team of Jake Bowden, Chris Airheart, Menefield and McBee, ran a 45.28 which is a second better than the first meet last season. The Brady coach also praised Coleman’s squad, saying, “They have a great track team.” Holtzclaw, however, couldn’t forget his squad. “They competed hard, and worked hard despite the rainy conditions.” Girls’ coach Nicole Jones had some outstanding performances by its five athletes. That’s right; five girls scored 110 points to finish second in the meet. Top scorer was sophomore San-juana Villalobos, who racked up 36 points. She was first in the long jump, first in the 110-meter hurdles, second in the triple jump, ran legs on the second place 400 and 800-meter relay teams. Another sophomore, Kasey Pol-lok, took second in the 400-meter dash in 63.5, in her first outing. It equals her best time last season, Jones said. “The girls, both varsity and JV, are a joy to coach. They are a fun bunch of people. You say, ‘let’s run,’ and they say, ‘oh boy, let’s go,'” Jones said. In the JV girls’ division, freshman Tallie Wright was the top scorer with 24 points. She won the high jump and the 800-meter run while anchoring the second place finishing 1600-meter relay. Two other winners were Megan Griffith (triple jump) and Sabrina New (long jump). In the JV boys’ division, Holtz-claw said that several of the freshman track member ran with the varsity, but if they had not, the Brady JV boys would have easily won the JV division. “We finished third, 11 points behind Liberty Hill. If all our frosh had competed on the JV, we would easily scored over 200 points,” he said. The coach was especially proud of freshman Chris Arteaga, who won the 1600-meter run and finished second in the 800. “He’s really improving,” he said. Lance Owens was the high point scorer for Brady in the JV division. He picked up 24 points with a second place in the long jump, third in the 400, fourth in the high jump and ran legs on the second-place 400 relay and fourth-place 1600 relay. Holtzclaw praised the volunteers who made running a track meet off a pleasure. “We also seem to have more help than we need, and that is wonderful. I’d also like to thank the folks in the community who had a hand in the meet and, of course, the Ol’ Houn’ Dawg booster club,” he added. The Brady track teams will be in Eldorado this Saturday for the annual Plateau Relays.

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