ABILENE — Tarrant County area schools dominated the Class 4A Region I track meet Saturday at McMurry University as Fort Worth Southwest claimed the boys team title and Crowley took home the girls championship.
Southwest, led by Baylor football signee Robbie Rhodes’ three gold medals, edged El Paso Burges 58-56 in points. Despite a heavily bandaged thigh, Rhodes won the 200-meter run with a time of 21.27, and ran a leg for both the 800 and 1,600-meter relay teams to pick up two more.
“I just tried to pull it out for my team and my school. I have a lot of people depending on me,” said Rhodes, who won state titles in the 200 and the 400 relay last season. “It’s a lot of pressure because people from other schools are expecting you, since you’re still here, to continue on doing good. So you have a high standard for yourself, you’ve raised the bar high because of what you’ve done in the past.”
Beanndra Porter led the way for Crowley, which defeated second-place Canyon Randall by 27.5 points. Porter started the day by winning the triple jump with a school-record distance of 39 feet, 2 3/4 inches before running legs in both the 400 relay for a gold and the 800 relay for a silver.
“We’ve been winning regional championships for years and we thought it was going to be hard this year, but we just hung in there and gave it our all,” Porter said.
Brittanie Mills contributed 14 points by winning silver in the 300 hurdles and bronze in the 100 hurdles.
Came, saw, conquered
Fort Worth Trimble Tech’s Darien Tennon accomplished everything he set out to do in Abilene.
He became the first Fort Worth school district athlete to qualify for state in the 100, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles in nearly four decades by winning all three handily and even broke coach Clayton Brookins’ school records in both hurdle events. Brookins’ times of 14.14 seconds in the 110 and 37.40 seconds in the 300 had stood as school records since 1994, before Tennon’s performances Saturday, times of 13.96 and 36.83, respectively.
“I can’t do nothing but smile, plus I’ve made my coach come up with some new material,” Tennon said. “I wanted those all year, and I finally got it at the right time.”
Fort Worth Western Hills’ Jaynisha Berry followed up a gold medal in the long jump Friday with two more Saturday, sending her to elite-level status.
Berry won the 100 with a time of 12.14 before claiming the 200 at 24.70.
“The first person I’d like to thank is my granny, she supported me before anybody and Christmas Eve she died,” Berry said. “The whole track season was dedicated to her. Before the gun went off today, I prayed to her.”
• Aledo’s Shea Wood won the pole vault with a height of 15 feet.
• Burleson’s Jessica Prickett claimed her second gold of the meet by winning the 1,600 in 4:57.92 Saturday after winning the 3,200 Friday.
• Texas Tech football signee Cody Hayes of Fort Worth Eastern Hills won gold in the shot put with a throw of 56 feet, 10 3/4 inches.
• Fort Worth Wyatt’s 400 relay team (Ricky Musgrove, Ladell Marshall, T’Kelton Rosemond, Javonte Adams) won gold with a time of 42.17.
• Saginaw Boswell pole vaulter Lakan Taylor will defend her state title in Austin after claiming gold and just missing a personal best of 13 feet, 11 inches. Azle’s Sarah Hall took silver with a height of 12 feet and will join Taylor at the state meet.
• Saginaw’s Lyric Lawrence will make a return trip to state after winning both the 100 hurdles (14.40) and the 300 hurdles (43.35)
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JohnsonJarret
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