Cougars win meet on home turf

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The track and field at Brazos High School hosted teams from Schulenburg and Round-Top Carmine last week for the annual Cougar Relays and the hosts finished atop the team standings when it was all said and done.

Brazos had winners in the discus, 4x400-meter relay and 3200-meter run while taking the top three spots in both the 800 and 1600-meter runs.

In the jumping pit, the Cougars took third, fourth and fifth place in the long jump thanks to Ariana Johnson, Laura Durrett and Veronica Romero, respectively. Durrett added a fourth-place finish in the triple jump to amass 16 points right there.

At the throwing vector, Macey Barrier and Yackie Gonzalez finished first and fifth in the discus event each, putting 12 more points to the team total.

In the relay portion of the running events, the Brazos employed several teams in each race but in the 4x100-meter run, the Cougars’ A team finished third with a mark of 1:00.10.

Brazos’ B team also finished third in the 4x200-meter relay while the C team was hot on their heels and finished just nine seconds behind them in fourth.

For the 4x400-meter relay, The Cougars’ A team took first, and the C team took fourth to total 28 points toward the team score heading into the rest of the running events.

Caitlyn Snedaker went to work in both hurdle races, finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter variety to score 14 points for her team. She was joined by Durrett (2nd) and Barrier (5th) in scoring points in the longer hurdle race.

Similarly, Ariana Johnson scored second-place finishes in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, racking up 16 points to the team score.

In the 400-meter dash, Katherine Ressler and Karlie Marek finished back-to-back in second and third before a host of runners in Brazos colors took up top spots in the longer-distance races.

There were Cougars in the top three spots in both the 800 and 1600-meter runs with Makinzy Kneip finishing first in both. Ressler took up second and Yesenia Garcia grabbed third in the 800, putting 24 points toward the team total.

In the 1600, Kneip was followed by Melissa Gonzalez and Ashley Perez to earn the same amount of points for their team.

Finally, Perez added a first-place finish in the 3200-meter run to earn Brazos’ final 10 team points of their total 201 points, good enough for a 43-point advantage over second-place Round-Top Carmine, with Schulenburg nine points behind taking third.

The Cougar schedule has them on the road in Boling this week, competing in the Bulldog Relays.

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