JOSHUA - When Bayleigh Chaviers took the baton in first place, the handwriting was already on the wall.
By the time Chaviers handed the baton to Ashtin Ivey for the anchor leg of the 4x400 meter relay, Stephenville was long gone, sprinting straight into the victory circle at the Owl Relays in Joshua Saturday.
The Bees wiped out a 16.5 point deficit by dominating the mile relay - Hannah Mabry and Caitlin Erck ran the opening two legs and Stephenville finished in 4 minutes, 9.54 seconds - for 20 points in the event and 107 total. They edged out Fort Worth Nolan Catholic - which scored 103.5 - for the team total. Mansfield Lake Ridge was third with 95.
Relays were the key all day, with Stephenville beating Nolan Catholic in each one. Honeybees Madison Hill, Ivey, Kylee Ponder and Taylor Garber were second in the 4x100 in 51.60 seconds, while Chaviers, Hill, Ponder and Garber took second in the 4x200 in 1:46.96.
Behind the relays came Stephenville's depth, as multiple Bees placed in numerous events.
Chaviers dominated her heat and was second overall in the 800, the event in which she won state gold last spring as a freshman. She finished in 2:24.62.
Ivey was fourth in a loaded 400 field, stopping the clock at 1:02.39.
Two runners scored 14 total points in the 300 hurdles as Morgan Harmon was third for SHS in 49.82, just ahead of fourth-place teammate Mady McLaury in 50.02. Two also placed in the 100 meter for the Bees - Hill was fifth in 12.66 and Ponder sixth in 12.95.
Lariat Larner rushed to third in the 1,600 in 5:49.15, capping her big weekend that began in the field. The sophomore was also second in the long jump at 15 feet, 9 inches, and finished third in the triple jump at 34-03.5. Chaviers was just ahead of her in second in the triple jump, leaping 35-8.
Meagan Franz added a point in the discus, placing sixth with a best throw of 87-10.5.
The Yellow Jackets weren't as strong overall, but did celebrate victory in the shot put. Junior Cameron Reynolds continued his strong season in the event with a first-place heave of 48-07.75.
The Jackets did finish strong, taking third in the 4x400 relay in 3:36.39. Tyler Griffin, Pedro Manrriquez, Jose De Saracho and Ben Martin comprised the team.
Stephenville's 4x200 boys team of Chad Levisay, Griffin, Jarrett Stidham and De Saracho was sixsth in 1:38.08, and Levisay also took sixth in the 300 hurdles in 44.90.
Rounding out the Jackets' 37 points was Noah Perez with a second-place finish in the discus. His best throw was 128-09.5.