2017-04-21 / Sports

Track athletes advance past area

Boys’ team places second; individuals qualify for regional meet


Dylan Alpha, far left, and Thomas Cavalieri, right, hit the last straightaway of the 200-meter dash at the area meet Wednesday. Cavalieri took silver, and Alpha earned bronze as both runners advanced to next week’s regional meet. 
JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Dylan Alpha, far left, and Thomas Cavalieri, right, hit the last straightaway of the 200-meter dash at the area meet Wednesday. Cavalieri took silver, and Alpha earned bronze as both runners advanced to next week’s regional meet. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD The Badgers finished one point behind area champion Giddings and one point ahead of Burnet in the boys’ team division of the area track meet on Wednesday.

While the Badgers finished second, the Lady Badgers placed sixth in the girls’ division. Giddings also topped the girls’ team standings.

Lampasas won the boys’ mile relay with a season-best time of 3:22.96.

Luke Palacios returned to run the first leg after a few weeks away from the mile relay.

The Badgers have won that event at every meet in which they competed this season, except the week of the Texas Relays.

“Going to practice and hearing about how they did just really made me want to come back,” Palacios said.


Blakeli Brookreson fires out of the blocks in the girls’ 200-meter dash. Brookreson medaled at third place, qualifying for regionals. She also was on the 4x200-meter regional-qualifying team, which placed fourth at the area meet this week. 
JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Blakeli Brookreson fires out of the blocks in the girls’ 200-meter dash. Brookreson medaled at third place, qualifying for regionals. She also was on the 4x200-meter regional-qualifying team, which placed fourth at the area meet this week. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Palacios, a sophomore, said he tried to relax as he ran the opening leg of the relay, which he said was probably his best ever. The Badgers were nearly tied with La Grange when Palacios passed the stick to Thomas Cavalieri.

Cavalieri moved into first place, finishing several yards ahead of La Grange and Giddings.

After the race, Cavalieri said, “I felt amazing.”

His goals for state “are definitely just to bump the time down, but overall as a team train a little harder, and we’ll be good.”

Although they have raced against bigger and more naturally talented athletes, Cavalieri attributed his team’s success to hard work and to God.

Lampasas head boys’ track coach Ruben Guerrero shows the first-place plaque his mile relay team won, left, and the second-place plaque for the Badgers’ overall team performance at the area meet in Liberty Hill.JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Lampasas head boys’ track coach Ruben Guerrero shows the first-place plaque his mile relay team won, left, and the second-place plaque for the Badgers’ overall team performance at the area meet in Liberty Hill.
JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD
“Definitely working as a team, motivating each other during practice and such to help each other get our times down,” he said. “We pray beforehand, so we’ve got God on our side.”

Nathan Keese, competing in his third relay of the day, ran the third lap of the mile relay.

“It was hard at first,” Keese said. “But having your teammates around you before the 4x200 and 4x400, Thomas would encourage us to run for our teammates, run for ourselves to try to break a record.

“I just wanted to thank my teammates and everybody cheering for us, and Coach G. [Guerrero] and Coach Weinheimer and all them for believing in us,” Keese said.

As the only senior on the mile relay, Keese has a leadership role, but he also said he leans on his teammates.

“Encouraging them, showing them how to do things so that way when they get older they can lean on some of the younger kids,” he said.

Giddings pulled back ahead of the Badgers on the third leg, but freshman anchor Cameron Everts caught the Buffaloes on the last straightaway and finished in first.

Everts, who also won two individual gold medals Wednesday, said the area contest had the toughest competition he has faced this season.

“A lot better competition,” he said.

Everts hopes to see his team break the 1976 school record in the 4x400 by the time he graduates.

Having two sophomores and one freshman on the relay, Everts said, “I think it’s an advantage, ’cause it gives us more time [to break the record].”

The top four finishers in each event at area advance to the April 28-29 regional meet in Huntsville.

Results are listed below for the events in which Lampasas qualified for regionals.

VARSITY BOYS

Team standings
1. Giddings 100 points
2. Lampasas 99 points
3. Burnet 98 points

200-meter dash
2. Thomas Cavalieri 23.13
3. Dylan Alpha 23.31
400-meter dash
1. Cameron Everts 51.59
800-meter run
1. Cameron Everts 2:06.02
1600-meter run
3. Nathan Herrin 4:50.68
4x200-meter relay
2. Nathan Keese, Thomas
Cavalieri, Brady Carroll,
Thomas Fry 1:31.37
4x400-meter relay
1. Luke Palacios, Thomas
Cavalieri, Nathan Keese,
Cameron Everts 3:22.96
Pole vault
1. Ryan Fesler 14’0”
4. Jace Hankins 12’6”
Discus
4. Brogan Wykes 126’3”

VARSITY GIRLS

200-meter dash
3. Blakeli Brookreson
26.84
1600-meter run

3. Taylor Moore 5:50.73

3200-meter run
3. Taylor Moore 12:35.17
4. Mackenzie Best 13:00.48

100-meter hurdles
4. Natalie Denoso 17.56
4x200-meter relay
4. Reahona Honaker, Abby
Martin, Daisy Goldston,

Blakeli Brookreson 1:48.13
High jump
2. Diane Hurst 5’0”
Discus
4. Presli Procter 103’10”

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