Bulldogs take top spots at 58th annual Brady Relays

Brady controlled the 58th annual Brady Relays here last Saturday, copping three out of four championships in a meet that Bulldog coach Doug Holtzclaw termed “outstanding.” “All of the athletes in the event competed very well, and it was great for us to get three titles,” he said. The boys’ varsity and junior varsity won their divisions while coach Larry Hoelscher’s Lady Bulldog varsity girls won their division. The Brady JV girls, lacking numbers of participants finished fifth. Team totals in four divisions: Varsity Boys’1. Brady, 191; 2. Midland Christian, 104; 3. (tie) Bangs and Coleman each with 90; 5. San Saba, 55; 6. San Saba State School, 46. Varsity Girls’1. Brady, 191; 2. Coleman, 160; 3. Bangs, 116; 4. Midland Christian, 83; 5. (tie) San Saba and Lometa each with 16. JV Boys’1. Brady, 178; 2. Coleman, 160; 3. Bangs, 100; 4. San Saba, 58; 5. Rochelle, 47; 6. Lometa, 10. JV Girls’1. Rochelle, 136; 2. San Saba, 127; 3. Bangs, 124; 4. Lometa, 45; 5. Brady, 37; 6. Coleman, 30. Both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs won four events out of 17, but both teams had sufficent depth to provide the margins of victory. The Bulldogs got wins in two relays (800-meter and 1600-meter) and individual events, the pole vault by Levi Bandy, and the 300-meter hurdles by Paden Behrens. Bandy had a 10-6 leap in his event, and Behrens skimmed the hurdles in 41.59 seconds. Running legs on the 800 relay team were C.J. Villegas, Jeffrey Bierman, Channing Booker and Chris Airheart. They cruised to victory easy defeating the runner-up, Coleman, by more than six seconds. Winning time was 1:34.56, a meet record since the UIL allowed the event for the first time this season. The foursome on the mile relay team included Airheart, Bierman, Behrens and Jess Anderson. They had their best clocking of the season in 3:33.70. Bangs’ Bobby Evers was the meet’s top performer, winning three events and running on a couple of relay teams. He won the long jump with a leap of 21-6 1/2; the triple jump with a jump of 42-9 1/2; and the 200-meter dash, 23.56. Weightman Marcus Draper, who will play football at TCU this fall, won both throwing events. His best effort in the shot put was 51-3 7/8; and the discus, 158-0. The other double winner was Coleman’s Taylor Fritsch, who copped the high jump (6-1) and the 110-meter hurdles (15.87). The Dogs had several others getting second place finished: Jimmy Flores, in the pole vault, the 800 and the 1600; Montie King in the 3200; the 400 relay team of Mackey Craw-ford, Lance Owens, Villegas and Booker; Crawford in the 110 and 300 hurdles; Anderson in the 400; and Bierman in the 200. The Lady Dawgs had four individual winners including Callie Young, who led a meet and school record in the pole vault, clearing 9-0. It’s the first year for the girls’ pole vault in the Brady Relays. Other individual winners were Celena Resendez in the 3200 in 13:32.65; Dana Hagemann, 13.52, in the 100; and Kasey Pollok, 62.31, in the 400. The 1600-meter relay team of Tiffany Bradshaw, Savannah Hernan-dez, Pollok and Dana Hagemann was also a winner in 4:14.56. Dempsey of Coleman was the division’s the first of two double winner. She took both weight events; the shot put in 33-6 3/8, and the discus in 95-0. Page, also of Coleman, was also a two-time victor, winning the 800 in 2:37.11 and the 1600 in 6:04.27. Brady girls placing second place included Lauren Pittman in the high jump (4-8); Pollok, in the long jump (15-9 1/2); Young, in the 300 hurdles (51.47); Shana Hagemann, in the 200 (27.77) and Resendez, 1600 (6:09.53. Two Brady teams also won second place. They were the 400 relay of Erica Hernandez, Savannah Hernan-dez, Shana Hagemann and Pollok, 52.44, and the 800 relay foursome of E. Hernandez, S. Hernandez, S. Hagemann and Dana Hagemann, in 1:52.93. The Bulldog JV team displayed its depth and strength of young athletes by winning its division by 18 points over Coleman, 178-160. The Dogs won seven events, including six individuals. Raul Gloria and Lance Andrews were double winners for the Bulldogs. Gloria took the 800 run by a slim 1/100 of a second. He was clocked in 2:17.43. He also got a narrow victory in the 1600, winning in 5:17.75, a 3/100 of a second ahead of the second place finisher. Andrews took the triple jump in 37-1 1/2, an inch better than his runner-up. He also was victorious in the 300 hurdles, being clocked in 24.74. Other individual Brady winners were Acie Morvan in the 100, in 12.24; and Justin Pollok in the 400, in 57.28. The 400-meter relay team of Cooper Bagheri, Pollok, Andrews and Morvan, won easily in 47.44 seconds. Rochelle won the JV girls’ division, scoring 136 points while Brady was back in the pack with 37 points. Lady Hornet Tressa Martin was a triple winner, garnering victories in the triple jump with a leap of 31-6 1/2, in the 100 and 200 in 13.98 and 28.79, respectively. Lee Richardson of Rochelle was a double winner, taking the high jump in 4-10, and the 400 in 68.30. Rochelle’s Alisha Slone won a first place medal by placing first in the long jump, hitting 13-7 1/2. Andrea Adame of Brady was the top finisher for her team by placing second in the discus with an effort of 78-6 1/4. Rene Batello was third in 71-9 1/2. Holtzclaw concluded the 58th Brady Relays by thanking the workers and volunteers for their time and efforts. “I’d also like to thank the entire community for its assistance and cooperation in making this one of the top small meets in the state,” he said.

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