Posting 11 first place winners— including five from speedster Daniel Brooks—the Tiger thinclads sped past Cameron 160- 122 at the 53rd Rockdale Relays Friday on a perfectly sunny day to open the track season.
The Tigers have now won six straight track meets, including last year’s district meet.
It also marked the 21st time the Tigers have won their own meet.
The Cameron girls also repeated as Relay champions, trouncing their nearest competitor by nearly 200 points on the strength of 10 first place finishes.
The Lady Yoe accrued 278 points, far outdistancing Lago Vista’s 99 points.
The ubiquitous Brooks set a new meet record by accumulating 50 points, grabbing five first place finishes in the triple jump, the long jump, the 100-meter dash, the 300-meter hurdles and his speciality, the 110-meter hurdles.
The junior’s point production snaps Sonny Givens’ total of 40 in the 1994 Relays when he captured four events.
Had Rockdale entered any of the relays, Brooks would have surely upped his total.
“Friday’s victory was a true team effort,” said first-year Tiger track coach Jim Kerbow. “Daniel Brooks’ performance was exceptional, it’s not very often that an individual walks away with five gold medals. It’s a testament to his exceptional work ethic on the track.”
Brooks’ 13.99 timing in the 110-meter hurdles was a personal best and just .57 seconds off the school record, held by his father Tony (13.42 in 1985.)
His 40.05 in the 300-meter hurdles was also a career-best, but nowhere near his father’s mark of 36.3 which is still a state meet record.
Besides Brooks’ superhuman performance, fans were treated to a good-natured battle between two of the top weightmen in the state in Le’Raven Clark and Navasota’s Rodney Brown.
The two throwers butted heads all last season with both ending up at the state track meet.
Brown bested Clark all of 2010, winning the district, regional and state titles in the discus.
Clark was second in district and regional and third at state to Brown.
Friday at the Relays, the two finished in a dead heat in the shot, both tossing off a 51- 8 1/2 measurement, which was a career-best for Clark and his first effort over 50-feet.
In the discus, Brown outdistanced Clark 167- 04 to 161-10. Brown’s career best is 198- 7, Clark’s is 164-3.
In another kind of battle, long distance teammates Juan Rubio and Jacob Gerren were rubbing shoulders all evening.
Gerren grabbed the 800 and 1,600-meter runs, while Rubio prevailed in the 3,200. Rubio was second to Gerren in the 1,600.
Other Rockdale superlatives included Tom Voyles’ first place in the high jump at 5-foot-10 and Brandon Wright’s win in the 400- meter dash.
On the girls side, Rockdale’s Emily Brinkley pulled off a daily double by taking both the shot put and the discus, staving off heavy competition from Cameron’s Zaire Holt, who was second in both events.
Victoria Drake clocked in at 17.69 to finish first in the 100- meter hurdles and was also second in the 300-meter hurdles.
Sarah Snelson logged the Lady Tigers other first place finish in the high jump at 4-foot-8.
The meet shr unk to seven teams after Giddings, Caldwell and Cedar Creek dropped out at the last minute.
Daniels Brooks—Triple jump,
long jump, 100-meters, 300-
Le’Raven Clark—Shot put
Tom Voyles—High jump
Josh Gerren—800, 1,600
Victoria Drake—100 hurdles
Emily Brinkley—Shot put,
Sarah Snelson—High jump
ROCKDALE RELAY WINNERS
1958—Houston Lamar boys
1959—Austin High boys
1971—Waco Moore boys
1974—Rockdale boys; Pflugerville girls
1975—Rockdale boys; Rockdale girls
1976—Rockdale boys; A&M Consol. girls
1977—Rockdale boys; Brenham girls
1978—Rockdale boys; Brenham girls
1981—No meet scheduled
1985—Waco Jefferson-Moore boys
1986—Rockdale boys; Waco Midway girls
1987—La Grange boys; La Grange girls
1988—Navasota boys; Rockdale girls
1989—Pflugerville boys; Rockdale girls
1990—Cameron boys; Marlin girls
1991—Rockdale boys; Cameron girls
1992—Rockdale boys; Giddings girls
1993—Rockdale boys; Cameron girls
1994—Rockdale boys; Waco Connally girls
1995—No meet (weather)
1996—Rockdale boys; Cameron girls
1997—Rockdale boys; Giddings girls
1998—Rockdale boys; Cameron girls
1999—Rockdale boys; Burnet girls
2000—Rockdale boys; Columbus girls
2001—No meet weather
2002—No meet weather
2003—Rockdale boys; Robinson girls
2004—Cameron boys; Cameron girls
2005—Cameron boys; Giddings girls
2006—Lexington boys; Rockdale girls
2007—Lexington boys; Hutto girls
2008—Giddings boys; Giddings girls
2009—Taylor boys; Giddings girls
2010—Rockdale boys; Cameron girls
2011—Rockdale boys; Cameron girls