Stephenville built a big lead in the field and made it stand on the track to win the boys championship in its home Optimist Relays at Lem Brock Field Saturday. It's the first meet the Yellow Jackets have won since capturing the area championship at home last spring.
Stephenville collected 179 points, while Dublin rushed into second with 160. The area schools dominated the meet with third place Joshua scoring 115 and none of the other four teams reaching 20.
The Jackets won four of the six field events, including a sweep of the top three spots in the shot put. They scored 40 points in the throwing events alone, and went from the field to the track with 82 points already in the bank.
Cameron Reynolds continued his tear in the shot. The junior's best throw of 47 feet, 8.5 inches won by three-and-a-half feet. Teammates Stetson Carlile and Noah Perez were second and third, while Dublin's Cade Hill and Rodrigo Banda were fourth and sixth.
Stephenville's Noah Perez won the discus at 147-07. Reynolds was third for the Jackets, and Dublin's Hill, Izzy Torres and Travis Blazi claimed spots 4-6.
Malik Taylor won the triple and long jumps. He triple jumped 41-09 and long jumped 20 feet. Teammate Joshua Nowell was second in the high jump, third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. Chad Levisay of Stephenville was third in the high jump, clearing 5-6.
Dublin's Devan Thompson won the high jump at 5-10, the start of a big day for the senior. He won the 400 meter in a blistering 51.47 seconds and anchored Dublin's victorious 4x400 relay.
Corey Kendall was second in the long jump for the Lions, while teammates Dirk DeVries and Zoey Kendall were second and third, respectively, in the triple jump.
The first three legs of Dublin's 4x400 relay were DeVries, Arturo Zuniga and Corey Kendall. Along with Thompson, they finished in 3:31.47. Stephenville's Tyler Griffin, Pedro Manrriquez, Levisay and Ben Martin were second in 3:37.30.
The local schools also battled in the other relays. Stephenville won the 4x200 with Levisay, Taylor, Jarrett Stidham and Jose De Saracho in 1:34.16, while Dublin's Chuy Chacon, Rodriguez, Zoey Kendall and Corey Kendall took second in 1:34.59.
Dublin won the 4x100 in 44.59. Runners were Chuy Chacon, Rodriguez, Zoey Kendall and Thompson. Stephenville's Taylor, Martin, Stidham and De Saracho were second in 44.70.
Chuy Chacon and Corey Kendall had the only remaining victories for the local teams. Chacon crossed the finish line first by one-hundredth of a second in the 200. He finished in 23.18, just ahead of Joshua's Josh Rachall in 23.19. Kendall won the 300 hurdles in 42.19, while Levisay was third for Stephenville in 45.29.
Dublin's Rodriguez and Blazi were second and fourth in the 100, with Stephenville's Taylor between them in third. Yellow Jackets Martin and Griffin were second and third behind Dublin's Thompson in the 400. Zuniga finished fourth for the Lions and Nowell fifth for the Jackets.
Isaac Campos was fourth in the 1,600 and fifth in the 800 for the Lions. Stephenville had Manrriquez take fourth and Casey Camarillo sixth in the 800, while Riley Forehand was fourth in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600. Dublin's Gabriel Garcia was sixth in the 3,200.