JEFFERSON BOYS CLAIM 16-3A TRACK CROWN; Lady Bulldogs Finish Third, Look Toward Area Meet Today In Beckville

By Charlie Chitwood

BECKVILLE, Texas – The Jefferson High track team is getting pretty accustomed to the route from Marion County to Beckville. Now the question begged is how many Bulldogs will get to make a different trip next week for the Class 3A-Region II Track Meet in Whitehouse.

Jefferson’s boys held off Elysian Fields down the stretch run of events and out-scored the Yellowjackets’ thinclads 141-130.5 to claim the District 16-3A track title. The Dawgs captured only six gold medals on the day – three in the field events and three more on the oval – but kept piling up points to get past a crowded field. White Oak finished third with 108 team points,

New Diana was fourth with 91 points and Beckville finished fifth with 83 points in a highly competitive field.

Damien Hines pulled off a rare double gold performance when he won both the discus and the triple jump. Taylor Smith gave the Bulldogs their third gold medal in the long jump – winning out over EF’s Kelvin Stevenson in a tie-breaker after both leapt 20 feet.

On the track, T.Q. Jackson was first in the half-lap, edging the same Kelvin Stevenson 22.60-22.64 to claim the gold. Kepha Lus­ter earned another top-podium perch by claiming the 300-meter hurdles while the Bulldog 4×100-meter relay team of Devonte Black, T.Q. Jackson, Eric Gipson and Tyron Williams were first across the tape in 43.13 seconds.

Over on the girls’ side of the event, the White Oak Ladynecks…

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