Rockdale Renaissance

Tigers take their own meet for the first time in eight years
BY BILL MARTIN Reporter Sports Editor

LeRaven Clark was first in the discus and second in the shot put as the Tigers captured the relays. Reporter/Bill Martin LeRaven Clark was first in the discus and second in the shot put as the Tigers captured the relays. Reporter/Bill Martin Several times in the past couple of years, the line “... for the first time since...” has been included in several sports stories.

Well, it’s time to add another one.

For the first time since 2003 and for the 20th time overall, the Rockdale Tigers claimed their own track meet at the 52nd annual Rockdale Relays.

What made the feat more impressive is that they outdistanced 14 other teams, up from six last year and the most appearances in some time.

The Tigers rolled up 135 points to Lago Vista’s 116. Cameron was third with 95 points.

“I think that one of our strengths is the number of kids we have on the team,” said Tiger track coach Brent Hasselbach. “All of them are competitors. When you go to a big meet you just want to try and get some points in each event.

“We were very fortunate to win several events and medal in several others. Our field events did very well, in particular, the throwing events.”

The Tigers went heavy to dominate the field events, gobbling up five places in the shot put and the discus.

T iger teammates L oga n David and LeRaven Clark battled each other all afternoon in the two heavyweight events, with David inching out Clark in the shot put 49-1 to 46-2, while Clark surged out in front with a throw of 136-11 to capture the discus.

Sal Bishop was the twosome’s wing man, picking up a second in the discus at 129-9.

Sophomore Daniel Brooks sped to a win in the 110-meter hurdles with a clocking of 14.52, edging out Lexington speedster Clint Hutson and his time of 14.73.

It was Brooks’ second win in the event in as many meets.

Brooks was clipped by Nate Haynes of Lago Vista in the 300- meter hurdles 41.77 to 41.86.

Brooks was also third in the triple jump.

The Tigers’ Austin Morrow blazed to victory in the 200- meter dash with a clocking of 23.09.

On the girls side, Victoria Drake and Emily Brinkley chalked up wins for the Lady Tigers, who finished third behind champion Cameron, who loaded up on the relays (first in 400, 800 and 1,600) to grab the title over Salado.

Drake went 17.09 in the 100- meter hurdles and Brinkley got off a toss of 36-5 to take the shot put.

Taylor’s Mark Jackson once again used the Relays as his own personal playground in one of the most impressive performances in Relays history.

Jackson began by snapping the meet record of 48-7.5 he set last year by going 50-4 in the triple jump where he is the defending Class 3A state champion. He measured off 52-feet on one jump but barely scratched.

The 5-foot- 9 Jack son also nabbed the high jump by leaping 6-foot-6 as well as grabbing the long jump at 22-9.

He put his stamp on the running events by winning the 400- meter dash in the time of 50.18, over three seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

Tiger Superlatives

First place Discus—LeRaven Clark Shot put—Logan David 200-meters—Austin Morrow 110-hurdles—Daniel Brooks 110-hurdles—Victoria Drake Shot put—Emily Brinkley

Boys Team totals— Rockdale 136, Lago Vista 116, Cameron 95, Salado, 68, Taylor 59, Lexington 57, Bruceville-Eddy 31, Lorena 30, Austin Lanier 16, Thorndale 16.

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