Tigers aiming for a three- peat at home

Blue hasn’t won three straight since 2000

Emily Brinkley captured first in the shot and discus in 2011. Emily Brinkley captured first in the shot and discus in 2011. With one of the biggest fields in years (14 schools) the venerable Rockdale Relays will fire off the starter pistol for its 54th edition on Friday that will also open the 2012 track season.

The Rockdale Tigers will be aiming for their third straight Relays crow n, a feat t hey haven’t accomplished since 2000 at the end of a nine-meet Relays winning streak.

Coincidently, the Cameron girls—fresh off a Class 2A state championship—will also be searching for a third straight Rockdale Relays crown.

In the 54-year history of the Relays, no girls team has ever won three years in a row.

The Rockdale Relays will also mark the return of Daniel Brooks to competition as a Rockdale Tiger.

Brooks transferred to Port Lavaca Calhoun for the fall semester, but returned to Rockdale in January.

Brooks won a record five events (100, triple jump, long jump, 300 - meter hurdles) at last year’s Relays to set a new meet record of 50 points, breaking Rockdale’s Sonny Givens ma rk of 40 f rom 1994.

Brooks has made two straight trips to the state track meet and is the reigning Class 3A state champion in the 100-meter dash.

Emily Brinkley returns after recording a daily double last year, capturing the shot put and discus.

Other returning champions include seniors Victoria Drake (100-meters) and Juan Rubio (3,200).

For the second straight year, the Tigers will be under the leadership of a new coach in Charlie Hall, in his first year at Rockdale after coming over from the Rotan Yellowhammers.

Schools participating in the expanded meet field include Thorndale, Cameron, Taylor, Caldwell, Lexington, Giddings, Madisonville, Marlin, Navasota, Smithville, Snook, Dime Box and St. Joseph.

See complete schedule, meet records and everything else you need to know about this year’s Rockdale Relays on page 3C.

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