Brooks comes up just short, Dawgs roll a pair of threes

Schneider, Goetz grab up bronze medals at state
BY BILL MARTIN Reporter Sports Editor

Reporter photos/Bill Martin Rockdale's Krysten Brooks (second from left) finished seventh at the UIL state track meet in the 100-meter hurdles in her second trip to the state capitol. Reporter photos/Bill Martin Rockdale's Krysten Brooks (second from left) finished seventh at the UIL state track meet in the 100-meter hurdles in her second trip to the state capitol. AUSTIN—While things didn't work out just exactly as she had calculated, Krysten Brooks did uphold her family's rich hurdles history.

Brooks finished seventh in the Class 3A 100-meter hurdles at the UIL State Track Meet on a sizzling Saturday afternoon.

Her finishing time of 15:36 is well above her school record time of 14:55, but better than her regional qualifying time of 15:60.

Kemp's Sharda Bettis, who along with Brooks was the only other repeat performer in the event, ran off with the gold with a time of 14.53.

Bettis, who was fourth last year just ahead of Brooks in fifth place, had entered the state meet with the fastest qualifying time of 14.63.

Brooks had the slowest regional qualifying time coming in, but had also turned in the quickest time in the state overall in Class 3A of 14.55 at the Texas Relays.

Senior Cody Schneider of Thorndale sped to a bronze medal in the 400-meter dash. Senior Cody Schneider of Thorndale sped to a bronze medal in the 400-meter dash. "I got of f to a really good start," Brooks said. "But I clipped the four th hurdle. I think I would have done well if not for that."

Brooks' long-time rival Macy Osburn of Caldwell finished just out of the running in fourth place with a clocking of 15.03.

After the race, Brooks and Osburn walked arm-and-arm off the track, perhaps to commemorate their last battle together.

Brooks is still appreciative of the fact that she was able to make it to state twice and maintain a Brooks family tradition, where her father Tony and two uncles Dennis and Donny were participants.

"It's a great accomplishment," she said. "Some people don't even get to do this once."

Temperatures hovered around 100 degrees Saturday and were a definite factor at the meet that had been delayed for almost a month because of a swine f lu scare in April.

Nowhere was that more evident than in Cody Schneidier's third place finish in the 400- meter dash.

Schneider, who won two gold medals as a member of the Bulldogs' back-to-back basketball championship teams, took his third place finish in stride.

At far left, the Thorndale 1,600-meter relay team exits the track after finishing seventh. Above left, Macy Osburn of Caldwell and Krysten Brooks of Rockdale walk off arm-and-arm after the two rivals competed for the final time in high school after battling all year. On top in the middle, Krysten Brooks (center) prepares for the race in the holding pen. To her left is Sharda Bettis of Kemp who won gold in the 100-meter hurdles. At top, Thorndale's Kali Pachl starts the first leg of the 1,600-meter relay with perfect form. Above, Caitlyn Goetz of Thorndale picked up a bronze medal after placing third in the 300- meter hurdles after leading most of the way. Man in the middle, Thorndale's Cody Schneider reacts after checking out the clock to see he finished third after coming in with the fastest time. At far left, the Thorndale 1,600-meter relay team exits the track after finishing seventh. Above left, Macy Osburn of Caldwell and Krysten Brooks of Rockdale walk off arm-and-arm after the two rivals competed for the final time in high school after battling all year. On top in the middle, Krysten Brooks (center) prepares for the race in the holding pen. To her left is Sharda Bettis of Kemp who won gold in the 100-meter hurdles. At top, Thorndale's Kali Pachl starts the first leg of the 1,600-meter relay with perfect form. Above, Caitlyn Goetz of Thorndale picked up a bronze medal after placing third in the 300- meter hurdles after leading most of the way. Man in the middle, Thorndale's Cody Schneider reacts after checking out the clock to see he finished third after coming in with the fastest time. "I'm disappointed, but happy," said Schneider, who plans to attend Texas A&M and study business. "If you f inish one, two or three, that means you're one of the best in the state. I'll take third."

Schneider—who entered the race with the fastest qualifying time of 50.8 which had set a regional record—led most of the race, but at the 300-meter mark, he says he ran into a wall of heat.

"I felt real good at the beginning," he said. "But, I got hot and tired real fast."

Despite his short time on the track, Schneider felt like he got dehydrated.

"I don't think I drank enough water. I could really tell just being out there on the track.

"I had nothing left and usually I do."

Still he lowered his record time to 49.99, just behind winner Derrick Coleman of Knox City's 49.27.

Schneider, making his third Rockdale_Carquest_3x5_06.12.09:

appearance at the state meet, was disqualified at last year's meet after easily winning the 300-meter hurdles, but it was taken away after a lane judge ruled he dragged his foot over a hurdle.

He also competed in the hurdles in 2007 as well.

"Even if I didn't win, I improved my time which means I improved myself positively, so I'll take that right now."

His teammate Caitlyn Goetz joined him in collecting a bronze medal by placing third in the 300-meter hurdles.

The junior came into the state meet with the slowest qualifying time at 47.70—a new school record—but almost pulled off a huge upset after leading until the very end of the race.

Goetz clocked in at 47.58, behind winner Amber Elkins of Gordon's 46.0. Elkins was third last year and the lone returnee

in the race.

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returnees, Thorndale senior pole vaulter Jaynellen Stokes placed fourth in the pole vault at 10-0 in her second trip to state.

Mariah Steinbock of Sudan, who was fourth last year, won with a leap of 10-6.

The Lady Dogs' 1,600-meter relay team (Kali Pachl, Morgan Youngblood, Mirah Knapek and Goetz) was eighth at 4:17.75 and had a chance at a medal as the third fastest time (4:09) coming in, which was also a school record.

In an upset, Lindsay's relay team clipped defending state champion Seymour at the wire to steal the gold medal.

Other area athletes of note, Lexington's Clint Hutson won the state championship in the Class 2 A 110 -meter hurd les at 14.68 and tr iple jumping phenomenon Mark Jackson of Taylor continued his domination of the event by harvesting gold

with a jump of 49-10, which was Page 1 off his best of 50.6.

THE BROOKS GO T0 AUSTIN

Here is a list of appearances and results by the Brooks family at the state track meet: 1982—Dennis Brooks, 2nd in 110-

meter hurdles 1984—Tony Brooks, 1st in 300-

meter hurdles 1985—Tony Brooks, 1st in 110-

meter hurdles and 300-

meter hurdles 1987—Donny Brooks, 1st in 110-

meter hurdles 1988—Donny Brooks, 1st in 110-

meter hurdles 2008—Krysten Brooks, 5th in 100-

meter hurdles 2009—Krysten Brooks, 7th in 100-

meter hurdles

THORNDALE RESULTS

Cody Schneider—3rd in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.99.

Caitlyn Goetz—3rd in the 330-meter hurdles at 47.58.

Jaynellen Stokes—4th in pole vault at 10-0.

1,600-meter relay team (Goetz, Kalli Pachl, Morgan Youngblood, Mirah Knapek)— 8th at 4:17.75.


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