Against top notch teams trackers are three-peats

Tigers take third straight track meet title
BY BILL MARTIN Reporter Sports Editor

Sophomore Daniel Brooks was a busy man Thursday in Lexington after winning the 100 and 300-meter hurdles in personal-best times, finishing third in the triple jump and leading off the Tigers’ sprint relay team as they rolled up 152 points to run past Cameron.  Reporter/ Bill Martin Sophomore Daniel Brooks was a busy man Thursday in Lexington after winning the 100 and 300-meter hurdles in personal-best times, finishing third in the triple jump and leading off the Tigers’ sprint relay team as they rolled up 152 points to run past Cameron. Reporter/ Bill Martin LEXINGTON—It seems the better the competition, the more they like it.

The Rockdale track team reeled off its third straight meet victory by outscoring rival Cameron 152-114 with another healthy dose of field event prowess with some running events sprinkled on top.

The 15-team field also included Altair Rice, Navasota, LaGrange and Giddings.

A Tiger track team has not shown such winning consistency since they won nine straight district titles from 1994-2002.

“The best part about this season is seeing the way the kids compete,” said Rockdale track coach Brent Hasselbach. “I am pleased when we win but I am even more pleased when I see that they are working hard and enjoying what they are doing.

Sarah Brinkley took the discus and was also fifth in the shot put behind her sister Emily. Reporter/Bill Martin Sarah Brinkley took the discus and was also fifth in the shot put behind her sister Emily. Reporter/Bill Martin “This is the most well rounded group of track athletes we have had since I have been here. We do have a group that finds the podium each meet, but everyone on the team is finding a way to contribute. Every point counts.”

Daniel Brooks took Hasselbach’s advice to heart and the multi-tasking sophomore racked up first place finishes in his specialties, the 110 and 300-meter hurdles.

Brooks turned in season-best times in both events (14.39 in the 110s, 40.81 in the 300s) and he has yet to lose a race in the 110s in four track meets in 2010.

He was rewarded for his low time in the 300s with his first victory of the season.

Brooks also ran the front leg on the second place sprint relay team and was third in the triple jump.

Jacob Gerren also performed yoemen’s duty, placing first in the 1,600-meter run and second in the 800-meter run.

Juan Rubio collected another Tiger first in the 3,200-meter run.

In dominating the field events, weightmen Logan David and LeRaven Clark complemented each other in the shot put and the discus.

In the shot put, David logged his best throw of the year at 49-5 1/4, but had to settle for second place behind Rodney Brow n of Navasota who uncorked an impressive 52-10 3/4 measurement.

Clark got off his worst throw of the year at 44-2 1/4 and placed fourth.

In the discus, the Tiger twosome had to take a backseat to Brown again as he threw 167- feet, well ahead of Clark’s 136 and David’s 126-7, his best of the year.

Sal Bishop was fifth at 120-4.

The Tigers also ran to victory in the distance medley relay which included Gerren, Rubio, Juan Estrada and Jose Buentello.

The girls team finished sixth behind winner Altair Rice and were led by Sarah Brinkley, who registered the only first place finish, in the discus, with a toss of 108-5.

Brinkley was also fifth in the shot put, behind her sister Emily, who was second.

The boys junior varsity also won their division, edging out Caldwell 124 to 120.
FLYIN’ AT THE EAGLE
Here is a list of Rockdale’s first
place finishers at the Eagle Relays
in Lexington:
Daniel Brooks—110-meter hurdles
Daniel Brooks—330-meter hurdles
Jacob Gerren—1,600-meter run
Juan Rubio—3,200-meter run
Sarah Brinkley—Discus
Medley relay—Jose Buentello, Juan
Rubio, Enrique Torres, Jacob Gerren


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