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LaGrange, LaVega put an end to Cameron streak

Rockdale Relays official starter, RISD Superintendent Dr. Howell Wright fires off the girls 200-meter dash Friday night. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale Relays official starter, RISD Superintendent Dr. Howell Wright fires off the girls 200-meter dash Friday night. Reporter/Bill Martin Top six girls teams finish within 14 points of each other

The 55th running of the Rockdale Relays featured a highly competitive girls competition and surprisingly, Cameron was not in the mix.

LaGrange and Waco LaVega finished for a tie at the top of the girls standings, ending Cameron’s pursuit to extend its record Relays win streak to four.

The Lady Yoe settled for fifth in a crowded field where the top six teams were within 14 points of each other at Tigerland Field where temperatures dropped into the low 50s Friday night.

LaGrange last won the Rockdale Relays in 1987.

The Giddings boys captured its second Relays crown and first since 2008 with 130 points, well ahead of second place Taylor’s 102.

LaVega earned its portion of the top spot by dominating the relays and speeding to wins in the 400, 800 and 1,600-meters.

The Lady Pirates established a new Rockdale Relays record in the 400-relay, posting a time of 48.84 that bests the 48.92 set by Marlin in 1985.

The Lady Pirates just missed out on another meet record in the 800-relay as their 1:45.56 timing was 1/100th of a second off the meet mark set by Rockdale in 1988.

Using a particularly strong showing from their weight people, the Rockdale girls turned in one of its strongest finishes in years by placing third behind LaGrange and LaVega, just 11 points shy of the frontrunners.

Rockdale harvested 42 points from the field events, making up the majority of its total.

Emily Brinkley recorded the only win for the Lady Tigers, measuring off a 38-1 throw in the shot put, one of the best in her career.

The senior was also second in the discus with a toss of 106-feet, ending her two-year reign of taking both the discus and the shot put at the Relays.

Rockdale piled up the points in the shot put with Brinkley in first, followed by Lisa Vest (30-1 1/2) in fifth and Kayla Deary (29-11 1/4) in sixth.

The Lady Tigers also gathered up points in the high jump, with De’Jhoria Davis second (4-10), Autumn Davenport (4-8) fourth and Emily McCoy sixth (4-8).

The Rockdale boys were sixth with 53 points, led by Juan Rubio and Josh Pelzel.

Rubio captured his third straight 3,200-meter Relays title with a time of 10:20.35, but failed to defend in the 1,600-meters after running 4:53.84 and slipping to third behind the Giddings duo of Blake Devoll (4:51.87) and Collin Carter (4:52.78).

Pelzel logged the other Tiger first place finish with a toss of 42-9 in the shot put, edging out Waco C onnally’s S am C ueller, who had a measurement of 41-5.

Cueller turned the tables on Pelzel in the discus, claiming first at 124-6, while Pelzel finished in fourth at 113-7.

The 6-foot-6, 324-pound Pelzel was second at last year’s Relays at 44-2 in the shot and third in the discus at 131-9.

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