Three years ago, Dublin didn't have enough boys out for a complete varsity track and field team. Thursday night the Lions were right in the thick of a competitive threesome at the top of the standings in the Extraco Relays in Hamilton.
Dublin won a relay and three individual events on its way 137 points, one shy of Hico's victorious total of 138. Crawford was third 135 points.
Devan Thompson won the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches and the 400 meter in 52.28 seconds, and Gabriel Garcia won the 3,200 meter in 12:05.52.
Dublin's biggest win of the day came in the 4x200 relay with Brady Holleman, Corey Kendall, Zoey Kendall and Rudy Rodriguez teaming up for a time of 1:35.81.
The Lions were strong in all the relays. Placing second in the 4x400 were Dirk DeVries, Holleman, Corey Kendall and Thompson with a season-best time of 3:32.99. Travis Blazi, Zoey Kendall, Rodriguez and Thompson were third in the 4x100 in 45.19.
Corey Kendall tied for second in the 300 hurdles in 42.80 after beginning his day with a second-place long jump of 20-0.
Garcia was also part of a 2-3 finish by Dublin in the 1,600. Isaac Campos was second in 5:09.40, and Garcia third in 5:23.59. Mike Perez joined Garcia in the 3,200, taking sixth in 13:59.47. Campos was also second in the 800 in 2:13.09.
Blazi finished fourth in the 200 in 24.00, and Rodriguez was fifth in the 100 in 11.34.
DeVries was second and Zoey Kendall fifth in the triple jump with respective distances of 38-11-1/4 and 37-8-1/4.
Cade Hill was strong in the throwing events, placing second in the discus at 120-3 and sixth in the shot put at 38-8. Blazi was fifth in the discus with a best throw of 102-7.
London Jones was first in the 400, second in the 200, third in the long jump and ran a leg of Dublin's third-place 4x400 relay team, leading the Lady Lions to 63 total points and a sixth-place finish.
Jones finished the 400 in 1:03.06, followed by teammate Sydney Beck in third in 1:03.87. Jones covered the 200 in 28.12 and leaped 16-1-1/2 in the long jump. That tandem made up the second and fourth legs of the third-place 4x400 team that was opened by Amber James and featured Mariah Sojourner on the third leg. They finished in 4:23.98.
James, Jazmin Zapata, Sojourner and Beck were third in the 4x200 in 1:54.18.
Brianna Hatcher was strong in the field, placing second in the discus at 88-10 and sixth in the shot put at 28-2.
Dublin's next action will be in Stephenville's Optimist Relays on Saturday.