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Lockhart hosts annual Lion Relays

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By LPR Staff

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Lions Stadium and the Gen. Gary Bunch Field were alive with activity on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, as Lockhart hosted the annual Lion Relays.

The Lockhart Junior High Lions and Lady Lions competed throughout the evening on Friday, and the upper-classmen took over on Saturday morning, braving the cold, wind and o

ccasionally rain to give their all on the track and in the field.

The Varsity Lions gave an all-out performance in the meet, closing the day with a handful of medals and an overall fourth place finish out of 16 participating teams.

Jordan Huckaby was one of the Lions’ stars of the day, dominating the field with first-place finishes in both the shot and the discus. He made a mark of 45’6.5” in the shot, and threw for 144’3.5” in the discus to strike gold.

Dettrick Reed also earned gold for the Lions on the field, hitting a mark of 20’1.25” for first place in the long jump.

Joseph Bell earned second in the triple jump, with a distance of 40’1”, and also finished fourth (119’10”) in the discus. Brandon Pleasant rounded out the placements in the field events, placing sixth in the high jump with a final mark of 5’6”.

On the track, the Lions’ 4×800-meter relay team posted the best finish. The team, comprised of Nicholas Avey, Joseph Hefner, Xavier Espinosa and JD Amaya finished second with a final time of 9:24.25.

Mitchell McRee earned bronze in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 2:06.84. Nate Moore was right behind him, completing the course in fourth place at 2:07.25.

Joseph Bell competed in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.22, securing a fourth-place finish.

Distance runner Robert Uhr earned matching fifth-place finishes in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, finishing in 4:42.63 and 10:24.97, respectively.

Juan Lopez chipped in for the Lions’ scoring with a sixth place (11.42) finish in the 100-meter dash, while Kyle Medina rounded out the day with a sixth place finish (44.78 seconds) in the 300-meter hurdles.

The Varsity Lady Lions earned a total of 50 team points for a sixth-place finish on Saturday.

The team’s only first-place finish came from hurler Gabby Galvan, who won the discus with a mark of 135’2”, and earned second in the shot with a distance of 32’1”. Leslie Jackson also competed in the shot earning sixth place with a throw of 27’2”.

Olivia Smith was a leader for the Lady Lions on the track, earning medals in both the 400- and 800-meter runs. She earned a silver medal in the 800, finishing with a final time of 2:30.31, and a bronze in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 1:04.76.

Trena Lorett placed third in the 300-meter hurdles, earning three points with a time of 52.4. Raven Reed finished the race sixth, in 53.62 seconds. Lorett also placed in the 100-meter hurdles, earning fifth place in 18.26 seconds.

Samantha Cowan rounded out the individual scoring for the Lady Lions with a fourth place finish (27.47 seconds) in the 200-meter dash.

Finally, the 4×200-meter relay team of Cassie Arredondo, Alexandria Carter, Shiletha Akins and Cowan finished fifth with a total time of 1:52.56.

The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Rebel Relays at Bob Shelton Stadium in Kyle on Saturday, March 11.

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