Tigers claim first district title since 2001

Big Blue sends 18 athletes to regionals; Frei breaks school record in the high jump
BY BILL MARTIN
Reporter Sports Editor

It may look like they are running alone, but Rockdale’s Terral Dixon (left), Michael Tindle (center) and Daniel Brooks (right) dominated the hurdles and propelled the Tigers to the District 24-3A championship. The Tigers outraced UT-signee Mark Jackson and Taylor 152-139 for the crown. Reporter/Bill Martin It may look like they are running alone, but Rockdale’s Terral Dixon (left), Michael Tindle (center) and Daniel Brooks (right) dominated the hurdles and propelled the Tigers to the District 24-3A championship. The Tigers outraced UT-signee Mark Jackson and Taylor 152-139 for the crown. Reporter/Bill Martin NAVA SOTA—Whi le Taylor leaned heavily on its soaring star to tally points, the Rockdale Tigers employed the team concept to give them an edge on the scoresheet.

The ensemble piece received rave reviews.

With a point power surge in the final events, the Tigers were able to edge Taylor (read: Mark Jackson) 152-139 for the District 24-3A crown Thursday at Rattler Field.

The Tigers’ last district title came in 2001 at the end of a nine-year district championship streak.

The Region III meet will be held as usual in Humble on May 4-5.

The Tigers—who will send 18 athletes to the regional meet— will participate in a regional qualifiers meet in McGregor on April 22.

Clockwise, from bottom left, Emily Brinkley was the lone Lady Tiger to walk away with a district crown. Above left, Emily Ammon reacts after finishing second in the 800-meter run to qualify for the regional meet. It was the senior’s best finish ever. Above right, Victoria Drake (center) rounds the corner in the 300-meter hurdles where she was fifth. Above, Jacob Gerren’s victory in the 1,600-meter run pushed the Tigers past Taylor and into the district driver’s seat. At left, Greg Chelf passes the baton to Austin Morrow in the sprint relay which saw the Tigers finish second. In the middle, Daniel Brooks glides to first in the 300-meter hurdles. At top in the middle, the 800-meter relay team (l to r Deravious Peters, Terral Dixon, Richard Vasquez and Greg Chelf) lines up before the start of the race. Photography by Bill Martin Clockwise, from bottom left, Emily Brinkley was the lone Lady Tiger to walk away with a district crown. Above left, Emily Ammon reacts after finishing second in the 800-meter run to qualify for the regional meet. It was the senior’s best finish ever. Above right, Victoria Drake (center) rounds the corner in the 300-meter hurdles where she was fifth. Above, Jacob Gerren’s victory in the 1,600-meter run pushed the Tigers past Taylor and into the district driver’s seat. At left, Greg Chelf passes the baton to Austin Morrow in the sprint relay which saw the Tigers finish second. In the middle, Daniel Brooks glides to first in the 300-meter hurdles. At top in the middle, the 800-meter relay team (l to r Deravious Peters, Terral Dixon, Richard Vasquez and Greg Chelf) lines up before the start of the race. Photography by Bill Martin The Rockdale girls team finished fifth with 68 points behind a truly impressive performance by Cameron.

The Lady Yoemen literally ran away with the district crown, rolling up 213 points, well over double that of second place Caldwell’s 88 total.

Senior Brittany Frei boosted the Lady Tigers by establishing a new school record in the high jump after leaping 5-foot-4 inches and also earning a spot at regionals.

The previous record of 5-foot- 3 was set by Priscilla Avila in 1993.

“We had a great meet in all four divisions,” said Rockdale track coach Brent Hasselbach.

I was really pleased with the way all of our kids competed. It seemed like every time there was a photo finish, it was our kid that gave the little bit of extra effort to win. As a coach that is the most important thing to see. I am so proud of all of our kids.

Heading into the 1,600-meter run, the Tigers were trailing Taylor 117-108, but Jacob Gerren’s victory in the run vaulted Rockdale past the Ducks and into the lead.

“Going into the 1600, I knew we needed to gain seven more points on Taylor in order to lock up the victory,” Hasselbach said.

It was then I knew that we had won because Jacob is the most consistent kid we have. The only speed he knows is full speed. I knew I could count on him to take care of it.”

Jackson—the University of Texas signee, who is the top ranked triple jumper in the nation—accumulated 50 points by himself.

The 5-foot-7 senior won the 100-and 400-meter dashes on Thursday after sweeping the triple jump, high jump and long jump on Wednesday.

Rockdale led 48-47 over Taylor after the first day, with 30 of those points coming via the ubiquitous Jackson.

“We have a very balanced track team and we are able to score points in just about every event,” Hasselbach said. “We were strong in the distance, hurdle and throwing events... as we have been all year. I feel like those events can help us pull away, but it is the effort of all the kids to score in the other events that make it possible. The bottom line is, I have a great group of kids and excellent assistant coaches and we are all having a good time.

“Every one of them contributed to this district championship.”

The Tiger v ictor y featured three district champions: Gerren, Daniel Brooks, and Juan Rubio.

Brooks easily captured the hurdles, which he has dominated most of the year.

The sophomore turned in a time of 15.26 in the 110-hurdles as the Tigers finished 1-2-4 in the event.

Terral Dixon—who handed Brooks his only loss of the year two weeks ago at McGregor—was second at 15.44 and Michael Tindle was fourth at 16.53.

Tindle will join Brooks in 300- meter hurdles after finishing second to his teammate.

Brooks rocketed to season-best 40.59 in the 300-meter hurdles and was rewarded with the championship.

Brooks will also be travelling to regionals as a part of the sprint relay team which finished second to Cameron. He was also fourth in the triple jump.

Rockdale racked up big points in the distance races, with Gerren and Rubio both qualifying in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.

Gerren defended his aforementioned 1,600 title and was third in the 800.

Juan Rubio grabbed first in the 3,200 and was third in the 1,600.

The Tigers picked up their ususal harvest of weight events behind LeRaven Clark who was second in both the shot put (48- 11) and the discus (154-6).

The 6-foot-6 junior turned in season bests in both events but could not overtake his top rival, Rodney Brown of Navasota, who won both competitions.

Logan David was third in the shot put with his worst toss (479) of the year, but still qualified for regionals. He was fifth in the discus despite his best throw of the year (132-7).

“Every single one of our kids gave their best effort,” Hasselbach said, “and I knew we would be tough to beat if that happened.”

On the girls side, the consistent Emily Brinkley was the lone district champion after taking the shot put with a toss of 37-1 1/4. She was sixth in the discus.

Brittany Frei’s new school record of 5-foot-4 was good enough for second place, behind Lamaria Cole of Bryan Rudder’s identical measurement. District 24-3A Championships

in Navasota

Boys

3,200—1. Juan Rubio, Rockdale, 10:22.82; 2. Norman Lanford, Cameron, 10:26.10; 3. Sabino Rodriquez, Madisonville, 10:42.84; 4. Simon Gurevara, Madisonville, 11:09.04; 5. Jeffrey Carpenter, Taylor, 11:20.56; 6. Eric Martinez, Taylor, 11:28.86.

High jump—1. Mark Jackson, Taylor, 6-6; 2. Alvin Moore, Rudder, 6-4; 3. Dave Brown, Cameron, 6-2; 4. Marquis Taylor, Rudder, 6-2; 5. Howard Harris, Madisonville, 6-0; 6. Brendan Steptoe, Rudder, 6-0.

Pole vault—1. Koby Huckabee, Taylor, 13-6; 2. Colton Jackson, Rudder, 13-0; 3. Jace Tarver, Rockdale, 11-6; T4. Duane Hunter, Madisonville, and Asa Morgan, Madisonville, 10-6; 6. Keandre Green, Rudder, 10-0.

Long jump—1. Jackson, Taylor, 24- 1/2; 2. Robert Brenson, Taylor, 21-8; 3. Aston Davis, Navasota, 20- 1/2; 4. Kesnick Jones, Navasota, 20- 1/2; 5. Brown, Cameron, 20-11; 6 Ladarian Byrd, Madisonville, 20 -7.

Triple jump—1. Jackson, Taylor, 49-7; 2. Brown, Cameron, 46-7 1/2’ 3. Tommy Anderson, Cameron, 44- 3/4; 4.Brenson, Taylor, 43-10; 5. Daniel Brooks, Rockdale, 42- 8; 6. Richard Vasquez, Rockdale, 42-1.

Senior Brittany Frei earned a trip to regional after setting a new school record in the high jump. Senior Brittany Frei earned a trip to regional after setting a new school record in the high jump. Shot put—1. Rodney Brown, Navasota, 50-0; 2. LeRaven Clark, Rockdale, 48-11; 3. Logan David, Rockdale, 47-9; 4. Ricky Dominguez, Cameron, 44-9 1/2; 5. James Turner, Madisonville, 43-11; 6. Stephen Schneider, Rockdale, 43-1.

Discus—1. Brown, Navasota, 74- 2 1/2; 2. Clark, Rockdale, 154-6; 3. Turner, Madisonville, 145-2; 4. Sal Bishop, Rockdale, 141-2; 5. David, Rockdale, 132-7; 6. Matthew Cohan, Rudder, 125-4.

400-relay—2. Rockdale (Brooks, Dixon, Morrow, Chelf), 42.85.

800—3. Gerren, 2:06.

110 hurdles—1. Brooks, 15.26; 2. Dixon, 15.44; 4. Tindle, 16.53.

100—4. Morrow, 11.20. 800-relay—3. Rockdale (Dixon, Rivers, Chelf, Vasquez), 1:39.

300 hurdles—1. Brooks, 40.59; 2. Tindle, 41.02; 5. Voyles, 43.59.

200—2. Morrow, 23.09.

1,600—1. Gerren, 4:43; 3. Rubio, 4:50.

Team results—1. Rockdale 152; 2. Taylor 139; 3. Cameron 117; 4. Madisonville 65; 5. Navasota 55; 6. Bryan Rudder 48; 7. Caldwell 22.

Girls

3,200—1. Casey Brinkman, Caldwell, 12:18.22; 2. Madison Pevehouse, Cameron, 12:21.34; 3. Alisia Pena, Cameron, 12:30.33 ; 4. Shelby Cristen, Rudder, 12:49.96; 5. Alex Garcia, Taylor, 12:55.32; 6. Taylor Roche, Caldwell, 13:19.24.

High jump—1. Lamaria Cole, Rudder, 5-4; 2. Brittany Frei, Rockdale, 5-4; 3. Kelsey Krenek, Cameron, 5-2; 4. Lisa Nealey, Madisonville, 4-10; 5. Erin Daniels, Rockdale, 4-10; 6. Sarah Snelson, Rockdale, 4-10.

Pole vault—1. Kylie Hrozek, Cameron, 8-6; 2. Emily Surovik, Caldwell, 8-6; 3. Lauren Eichinger, Cameron, 7-6; T4. Jacee Wren, Rudder, and Jenae Rhoades, Cameron, 7-0.

Long jump—1. Cole, Rudder, 17- 0; 2. Tonittiah Williams, Cameron, 16-7 1/2; 3. Jackson, Caldwell, 16-6; 4. Delexias Crist, Madisonville, 16-5; 5. Destiny Dickson, Navasota, 15-11; 6. Nealey, Madisonville, 15 -7.

Triple jump—1. Jackson, Caldwell, 36-2; 2. Cole, Rudder, 35-1 1/2; 3. Q’Uintera Roberson, Navasota, 34-11; 4. Dickson, Navasota, 34-7 1/2; 5. Brittany Jones, Cameron, 32-8 1/2; 6. Nealy, Madisonville, 32-5 3/4.

Shot put -- 1. Emily Brinkley, Rockdale, 37-1 1/4; 2. Krystal Flemings, Cameron, 36-5; 3. Sarah Brinkley, Rockdale, 35-8; 4. Chynna Jackson, Caldwell, 33-5 1/2; 5. Zaire Holt, Cameron, 30-9; 6. Jennifer Townsend, Taylor, 32-7 3/4.

Discus -- 1. Holt, Cameron, 108; 2. Sarah Brinkley, Rockdale, 105-3 1/2; 3. Townsend, Taylor, 101- 1/2; 4, Audrey Amescua, Cameron, 97- 1/2; 5. Aeriela McGinty, Navasota, 93-6 1/2; 6. Emily Brinkley, Rockdale, 92-2.

400-relay—6. Rockdale (Hill, Roberts, Pannell, Ammon), 52.78.

800—2. Ammon, 2:32; 7. Snelson, 3:07.

100-hurdles—2. Drake, 17.59.

100—3. Roberts, 13.19.

800-relay—6.Rockdale (Hill, Roberts, Pannell, Dodd), 1:56.

300 hurdles—5. Drake, 52.40.

1,600-relay—5. Rockdale (Ammon, Mitchell, Dodd, Drake), 4:31.

Team results—1. Cameron 213; 2. Caldwell 88; 3. Bryan Rudder 75; 4. Taylor 69; 5. Rockdale 68; 6. Navasota; 7. Madisonville 38.

Junior Varsity

BOYS

Shot put—2. Montoya, 40-7.

Discus—1. Montoya, 131-1.5; 3. Brinkley, 116-4.

Long jump—4. Barker, 18-5.5.

Triple jump—6. Barker, 35-0.

Poie vault—3. Leech, 10-0; 4. McCoy, 9-0.

3200 run—1. Hill, 11:36.

400 relay—3. Barker, Nelson, Wright, ??, 46.21.

800 run—1. Romo, 2:11; 4. Castillo, 2:20.

800 relay—3. Barker, Dan, Nelson, ??, 1:38.

400 dash—3. Wright, 54.18; 6. Romo, 58.89; 8. Clevenger, 58.89.

200 dash—1. Barker, 23.79; 5. Dean, 24.39.

1600 run—1. Hill, 5:17; 2. Castillo, 5:22.

1600 relay—3. Wright, Romo, Brinkley, Leech, 3:47.

Team results—1. Rockdale 147; 2. Caldwell 134; 3. Cameron 110; 4. Rudder 84; 5. Navasota 70; 6. Madisonville 33.G

IRLS

Shot put—2. Maloy, 28-1.5; 3. Russell, 28-1; 4. Vest, 27-7.5.

Discus—1. Maloy, 99-7; 3. Russell, 78-9.5; 5. Montoya, 73-9.

Long jump—6. Willis, 13-7.5. Triple jump—4. Willis, 29-4.

Pole vault—2. Pruett, 7-0.

400 relay—4. Willis, Gibbons, Galvan, ??, 54.76.

800 run—5. Garcia, 2:55. 100 hurdles—4. Flores, 19.52. 300 hurdles—4. Flores, 56.19.

1600 run—4. Garza, 6:27.

1600 relay—3. Willis, Garza, Flores Galvan, 4:51.

Team results—1. Caldwell 191; 2. Cameron 172; 3. Rudder 86; 4. Rockdale 83; 5. Taylor 32; 6. Madisonville 15.


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