Dae Dae does it again
COLLEGE STATION—No longer an unknown freshman able to sneak up on people, Dae Dae Robertson none-the-less lived up to her lofty expectations, qualifying for three area events at the District 18-3A track meet.
On a sunsplashed day, Rockdale sent nine athletes to the area meet, was to be held Wednesday, April 16 at Waco LaVega High School.
The four top finishers at district qualify.
The regional meet is in Humble April 25-26. The state meet is May 9-10 in Austin.
Joining Robertson at area is Josh Pelzel (shot put, discus), Autumn Davenport (high jump), boys sprint relay, boys 800-relay and boys 1,600-relay.
Defending her title, the super sophomore cruised to the victory in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.37, which is well below her best effort (15.57). She clocked in at 15.88 in the preliminaries.
Robertson was unable to defend her other crown after being caught in the final two hurdles in the 300-meter hurdles by rival Gabbi Orzabal of College Station, 45.39 to 46.50.
Robertson and Orzabal battled all of 2013, with Orzabel clipping Robertson again in the 300s at the finish line at area.
Robertson had trimmed Orzabal at the district meet in another photo finish.
They both eventually earned a trip to the state track meet where neither medaled.
Taylor freshman sensation Virginia Kerley, who captured three individual golds at district, did not compete in the hurdles, which she normally does.
Robertson not only earned an area trip in her featured hurdle events, she also placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.62 to Kearley’s 12.71.
Pelzel makes the area trip in the shot put and discus after finishing second in both events.
The 6-foot-7, 325-pound- Baylor-signee was second to Dylan Townsend of Taylor, 47-10 to 46-3 in the shot put and College Station’s K.J. Grimes 143-11 1/2 to 140-4 1/2 in the discus.
Pelzel was the district champion in the discus last year.
Davenport was third in the hugh jump with a measurement of 4-foot-10. She was the district champion last year at 4-8.
Bailey Bennett of College Station and Shelby Seaquist of Taylor tied for first after clearing 5-feet.
The Tigers are sending three relay teams to area, sprint, 800 and 1,600.
Ladontice Coats, and Cristian Lara are a part of all three along with a mix of Ed Dansby, Davion Ford, Billy Harris and Darius Ford.