Brooks, Shepherd among winners in first '18 meet

At Longview on Friday


Kilgore High’s track and field athletes had to wait a week later than they expected to start their 2018 season, but had a good outing in Nacogdoches.

After Pine Tree’s Graham-Knowles Relays were rained out the week before, Kilgore made the trek to Nac Saturday to compete in the annual Earl Milner Relays, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin University, at the Fletcher Garner Track Complex.

Among the highlights: Symonne Brooks won the 110 meter hurdles for the KHS girls; teammate Maliyah Holland finished second in the 200 meter dash; Kilgore’s 400 meter and 800 meter girls relay teams each earned second-place finishes; Emma Taylor was second in the 800 meter run; Jonathan Shepherd and Cameron Jackson finished first and third, respectively, in the 200 meter dash; and the Bulldogs’ 800 meter relay team finished second.

This weekend, Kilgore track – coached by Phillip Lane (boys) and Robert Cooley (girls) – will compete in the Lobo Relays at Longview’s Lobo Stadium on Friday afternoon, a 1:30 p.m. start.

Girls: Brooks, who has bounced back nicely from a broken arm months ago, finished the 100 meter hurdles with the winning time of 16.14 seconds, taking first place. Teammate Ramiyah Dunn was also in the event, finishing 13th.

Holland finished second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.12 seconds.

As far as the relay teams, the 400 meter relay took second in 49.62 seconds; the 800 meter relay girls finished in 1 minute, 46.59 seconds. Both KHS teams were edged out by Killeen Shoemaker in those events.

Running the 400 meter relay for the Lady ‘Dogs were Jamaria Thomas, Holland, Brooks, and Irelyn Williams. The 800 girls relay team was Holland, Thomas, Williams and Mariyah Mitchell. 

Taylor ran the 800 meter run in 2 minutes, 33.68 seconds, good enough for second – to another Killeen Shoemaker standout (Zoey Pearson).

In other finishes for Kilgore’s varsity girls, Zoe Craven was fifth and Cristina Rosas, seventh in the girls’ mile run, Craven with a time of 5 minutes, 49.22 seconds and Rosas, 5:59.59. The same duo finished sixth and eighth in the two-mile run; Craven was sixth in 12:15.60 and Rosas eighth in 12:19.24.

Dunn was 12th in the 300 meter hurdles. Chicuquita Crain was 12th in the 100 meter dash. Kilgore’s mile relay team was fifth (4:25.20). Jamaria Thomas was fourth for KHS in the long jump (16 feet, three inches) and sixth in the high jump (four feet, 10 inches). Jada Abercrombie was third, Brooks fourth and Mitchell fifth in the triple jump – Abercrombie’s top-three distance was 34 feet, 4 ½ inches. She was also 15th in the high jump and 18th in the long jump.

Gracie Clower was fourth in the girls varsity pole vault (eight feet, even). Kaleeia Johnson was fourth in the shot put (33 feet, 2 ¾ inches). Mia Orange was 17th, and Kaya Brown, 25th.

Boys: Shepherd, an Oklahoma State University signee in football (wide receiver), demonstrated some of that blazing speed with a 22.76 run in the 200 meter dash. He edged Hallsville’s Cortland Venters, who had a 22.79, and his own teammate, Cam Jackson, was right behind (22.99). Also in the 200, Jaiden Zackery finished 15th.

Kilgore’s 800 meter relay team, which won the gold medal at the state track and field meet last year at the University of Texas, was second this time to Lufkin – Kilgore finished in a time of 1:38.38. The 400 meter relay took third, in a time of 43.32, and Kilgore’s 1600 meter relay team (mile) was ninth.

Running the 800 for the Bulldogs at SFA were Shepherd, Jackson, Ken Lacy and A.J. Smith. The 400 relay team was Zackery, Shepherd, Smith and Jackson.

Also for Kilgore, Midwestern State University football signee Bucky Duke was third in the discus, with a best of 134 feet, four inches. Teammate Braden Grush was sixth (128 feet, 10 inches) and Michael French was eighth (126 feet, one inch). Billy Bell was sixth for KHS in the pole vault finals (11 feet; the winner, from Whitehouse, had a best of 16 feet).

Josh Fletcher was fifth in the 300 meter hurdles finals (43.18); Justin Henderson was 11th. In the 110 meter hurdles, Fletcher was 10th and Justin Henderson 11th; Calvin Woodside was 10th in the shot put finals (39 feet, four inches). Jordan Austin was 20th and Wylie Macy, 21st. Austin Bain was 18th and Victor Rangel, 24th in the 1600 meter run. Bain was 10th and Rangel 19th in the 3200. Lacy was 21st, Devondrick Crow 23rd and Anthony Smith 24th in the 100 meter dash; Jamie Patton was 17th and Noah Odom, 26th in the 400 meter run; and Mitchell Molandes was 15th, Odom was 22nd and Triston Shaffer 24th in the 800 meter run.

JV girls: Shelby Maring won the JV girls pole vault (seven feet, even) and Jaylee Stiles was second. Alicia Jones and Key’deriana Roy were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 meter dash; Maring was 13th. Skylar Day was seventh in the 1600 meter run. Ciemairra Norris and Maring were 11th and 14th in the 200 meter dash, and Day was seventh in the 3200 meter run.

Skyelar Howell was second in the 800 meter run and sixth in the 400 meter run; Alexis Williams was eighth in the discus and 10th in the shot put. Alexis Anderson was fifth in the triple jump and in the high jump.

JV boys: Gavin Smith was second for Kilgore in the 100 meter dash (12.15); he was also sixth in the 200 meter dash. Deundre Blanton was second and Kaden Kenney third in the JV boys shot put – Blanton had a best of 39 feet, 11 ¾ inches; Kenny’s was 37 feet, five inches. Also, Kentrovious Anderson was 16th.

Jacob Taylor was ninth in the 110 meter hurdles, and 11th in the 300 meter hurdles. Carlos Muniz was 16th in the 3200 meter run and 24th in the 1600 meter run.

Chance Myers was 14th in the 800 meter run. Jacob Stone finished fifth in the JV boys discus; teammate Carson Offerding was seventh, and Hunter Lewis was 10th. Zack Williams was ninth in the boys long jump; Smith was 16th.