Brandes breaks pole vault school record


Last week sent the Lady Tigers’ track squad to the Royal Relays in Brookshire which ended with a trio of Sealy athletes in the top-ten highest individual totals before it was all over.

One of those in black and gold was freshman Breanna Brandes who not only jumped in the pole vault but also came away with a new school record.

Although she was the only varsity participant in the event, that didn’t stop Brandes from increasing her height with each jump, eventually adding four inches onto a school record that was set back in 2017 by McKayla Black.

Brandes added onto that top-place finish with a pair of second-place contributions from the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay teams to push her individual total to 18 points, making her the eighth-highest scoring female varsity participant.

Leading the charge for the Lady Tigers’ overall points was Zoee Jeffrey, who finished the afternoon with 22 total points, tying her for second overall with Bellville’s Bryanna Richardson.

Jeffrey took first in the long jump and second in the triple jump while also contributing on the second-place 4x200-meter relay team.

The third Sealy athlete near the top of the highest point-scorers was sophomore Ally Dickens, who was propelled mainly by a three-way tie for first place in the high jump.

She added fourth in the 800-meter run as well as ran a leg in the 4x400-meter relay race to total up 16 points, tying her for 10th with Faith Academy senior Brianna Gallaher.

The 100- and 400-meter races featured a Lady Tiger in sixth respectively, with Alicea Gardner and Ariel Burton taking up those spots.

Dickens was sandwiched by Dejua Posada (3rd) and Courtney Roberts (5th) in scoring points during the 800.

Roberts added a third-place finish in the 1600 with Madison Manak pitching in a sixth-place spot.

For the 3200-meter run, it was Natalie Martinez who scored points for Sealy by coming in fifth overall.

Faith Haugen showed signs of consistency by coming in fourth in both hurdle races while the Lady Tigers’ top hurdler was competing in Austin.

Raegan Newsome joined Ivan Bolden and Matthew Lord at the Texas Relays in Austin over the weekend and all represented Sealy nobly.

Newsome only competed in the 100-meter version of the hurdle race and finished in 17.45 seconds which gave her a 36th-overall finish in the preliminary heat.

Back in Brookshire, the Lady Tiger throwers made some noise, taking the top three places in shot put and second, fifth and sixth in the discus.

The shot put team of Darrel’Nae Johnson, Janyia Fields and Julia Jurecka filled up first, second and third respectively, putting 24 points to the total team score.

Brooke Kram earned a tie for second place in the discus with Jurecka and Fields ending the day back-to-back in fifth and sixth.

The triple jump featured one more Sealy athlete, with Brylie Bond finishing right behind Jeffrey in third to score the final points toward the Lady Tigers’ 139 team points.

That total was good enough for third overall behind only Bellville (174) and Fulshear (143) with the rest of the teams remaining in double digits.


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