“I told them we are not going to come in second,” he recalled. “We’re going to come in first.”
Not ones to disappoint their coach, the Rockdale boys went out and left the competition in their dust, running away with the District 23-3A track title on a windy night at Buffalo Stadium.
Using a nice balance of success in both the field and running events, Rockdale rolled up 182 points, outdistancing second place Caldwell by 46 points.
The Tigers successfully defended their district crown, capturing consecutive district track titles for the first time since 2000- 2001.
“It was absolutely a team effort. We had a lot of kids come through for us today.”
The Rockdale girls team was sixth, behind host champion Giddings.
The ubiquitous Daniel Brooks rung up his usual quintet of victories in the 100-meter dash, the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump.
Brooks was joined as a multiple winner by senior Jacob Gerren, who nabbed both the 800-and 1,600-meter runs.
Other Tiger district champions included Juan Rubio in the 3,200-meter run and Tom Voyles who leapt 6-0 in the high jump. Rubio was also second to Gerren in the 1,600.
Other Tigers who will be heading to the regional meet in Humble on May 2 and 3 is Austin Morrow (100 and 200); Terral Dixon (110-hurdles); Michael Tindle (300-hurdles); Richard Vasquez (long jump); Sal Bishop (shot put).
Emily Brinkley successfully defended her title in the shot put, but added the discus to her resume at this year’s meet.
The Rockdale junior varsity boys won district by 103 points.