Wind gusts over 50 mph play havoc with Brady track meet

If there’s anything to remember about the 62nd annual Brady-Heart of Texas Relays it’s the WIND. A gale blew in Saturday morning that played havoc with some 200 participants. Gusts reached the 50- mile-per-hour mark. It blew so hard that an electrical line was out for some three hours. Regardless of the weather, athletes from 15 schools made the best of things. In the opening day of high school track meets, Ozona took two of four divisions with Ingram and Brady taking the other two. In the varsity boys’ division, the Ozona team nipped the Brady Bulldogs by a single point, 110-109. “Just one little point,” Brady track coach David Wells lamented. Bulldog Nick Kwast, a senior, dominated the point- gathering. He won three individual events and anchored the winning 1600-meter relay. Kwast won the high jump with a leap of 5-10. He also was first in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.00) as well as the 300-meter hurdles (43.72). ChaChi Gutierrez, Adrian Clark, Lonnie Williams, and Kwast were on the mile relay team. They were clocked in at 3:44.21. “I thought we competed hard, but it’s difficult to judge the times due to the wind,” Bulldog boys’ coach Wells said. “I think we’ll get a lot better when we get the basketball players,” he added. When discussing his performers last Saturday, he said that Kwast was a hard worker who has high goals. “Nick hasn’t even scratched the surface of his goals. He had a great day last Saturday,” Wells said. In the varsity girls’ division, coach Larry Hoelscher had his girls concentrating on the relays, and it paid off with two victories’the 800-meter relay, and the 1600-meter relay. Those members included Kristen Roberts, Christian Clark, Krysta Demere and Macy Young in the 800 relay, and Talisha Hendley, Clark, Demere and Holly Watson in the mile. Hendley was the only individual to win an event, and that was the 300-meter hurdles in 53.03. Brady girls’ coach Larry Hoelscher said his varsity and JV teams gave no doubt that they were giving their all, despite the conditions. He added that some of his JV’ers will end up being on the varsity as the season progresses. The Brady JV boys finished second, behind Ozona, in the meet, but the Bulldogs won all three relays, and had one sprinter win’Jose Ramirez, who copped the 100-meter dash in 11.93. “Ramirez was a starting guard on the frosh football team last season, and at 5-8, 150 pounds, he won the 100 and is getting faster every day,” Wells said. On the relay teams were Mackenzie Hirt, Seth Bozeman, Joe Moreno and Tyler Remini on the 400- meter; Hirt, Bozeman, Moreno and Ramirez on the 800-meter; and Hirt, Garrison Jones, Moreno and Ramirez on the 1600-meter relay. Wells said that Hirt is showing a lot of promise. The Brady JV girls’ easily won their division as Hoelscher’s females appear to be future outstanding track performers. They registered nine individual first places and won all three relays. Individual winners were Jessica Napier, triple jump, 31-0 3/4 and high jump, 4-4; Mollie Fullagar, long jump, 14-11; 200, 30.58; Alex Pena, 3200, 14: 53.68; Dayna Polk, 100-meter hurdles, 19.09; Chelsea Airheart, 300-meter hurdles, 57.56; and Jasmin Martinez, 1600, 7:25.60. “Napier, a junior, had a great day, as did Fullagar, a sophomore,” Hoelscher said. On the three relay teams were 400-meter: Fullagar, Polk, Red Patterson, and Napier, 55.81; 800-meter: Fullagar, Polk, Patterson, Napier, 2:00.75; 1600- meter: Pena, Airheart, Napier, Patterson, 4:52.12. Hoelscher said he would split this teams in meets this week. “I’ll probably send some to Junction on Thursday, and some to Harper on Saturday,” he said. Wells said his Bulldogs will be at Junction Thursday. The prelims will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the finals starting 30 minutes after the field events are over. The Brady Junior High teams will be at Junction on Friday with the same starting times.

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