By Charlie Chitwood
OMAHA, Texas – The Jefferson High varsity track teams had a solid showing in their first big meet of the season, claiming second-place finishes behind Hughes Springs at the Sibley Brahma Relays held last week in Paul Pewitt High’s Brahma Stadium. Piling up points in the relay races especially, the Bulldogs speedsters finished with four gold medals and 117 points for the high-ranking team score. The Lady Bulldogs’ 95 points included four gold medals of their own.
Ar’tazia Warren was the top Jefferson athlete, racking up 22-1/2 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Warren grabbed an individual gold medal in the long jump (16 feet, ½ inches) and shared gold in the 400- and 800-Meter relays, running third leg in both events.
While the Lady Bulldogs captured the 800-Meter relay with relative ease (beating New Boston’s squad by nearly a second and half with a time of 1:53.63), the 400-Meter relay was a race to the wire. The Lady Bulldogs finished the single lap in 52.8 seconds, a step ahead of Hughes Springs which finished in 52.9 ticks.
Diamond Smith anchored both gold medal relay teams and added a silver medal in the 100-Meter dash with a time of 13.4 seconds, finishing with 18 points on the day while Courtney Cotton racked up 15-1/2 points with top-six finishes in the long jump (bronze medal), 200-Meter dash (fourth place) and the 100-Meter dash (fifth place) and as part of the fourth-place 600-Meter Relay.
E’myia Smith and Dymond Mitchell both earned gold medals as part of the sprint relay squads while Ja’Kaila Ventimiglia picked up bronze in the high jump and was part of the gold-medal 800-Meter relay squad.
Shamia Ellis rounded out the sprinters’ scoring as part of Jefferson’s 1600-Meter relay.
Over in the field events, the Lady Dawgs picked up 10 more points in the shot put as Tierra Hines tossed the lead 34 feet and an inch.
On the boys side of the meet, Jefferson grabbed gold in both the sprint relays, winning the 400-Meter relay in a time of 43.07 while they doubled the track in 1:33.49. Tyron Williams, T.Q. Jackson, Dee Black and Eric Gipson grabbed the 400-Meter relay crown while Gipson, Williams and Jackson were joined by Kylan Thomas in winning the 800-Meter relay.
Jackson also finished with the gold medal in the 200-Meter dash (23.3 seconds), just ahead of teammate Kylan Thomas who finished in 24 seconds flat. Jackson’s 20 points were the most on the Bulldog squad.
Taylor Smith rounded out Jefferson’s list of medalists by leaping 21 feet, one-half inch in the long jump, taking the silver.
Jefferson High hosts the Bulldog Relays at W. F. Lockett-Bulldog Stadium on Thursday.
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