Dublin saved its best for last at the area track and field meet for districts 7-2A and 8-2A at Jacksboro Thursday.

The Lady Lions and Lions took second and third, respectively, in the 4x400-meter relays, advancing eight athletes to next week's 2A Region I meet in Odessa.

"It was awesome to finish that way in the mile relay, the pinnacle of track and field events," said Dublin athletic director Bob Cervetto. "The kids are really competing well."

Each team boasts one multi-event qualifier in London Jones and Dirk DeVries.

Jones, a freshman, won the area title in the girls' 400 in 1 minutes, 1.91 seconds. She already owns the school record in the event at 1:00.19. She was second across the line in the 200 in 27.15. She scored 22 of the team's 36 points.

"London has everything in front of her. She already has the school record, and we think in the right conditions she can go under a minute in the 400," Cervetto said. "The most exciting thing for us as coaches is that she's just a freshman. We have her for three more years, and she's only going to get better."

DeVries placed third in the triple jump at 41 feet, 8.5 inches. He had nine of Dublin's 18 points.

Laurie Means was 1.5 inches short of reaching regionals in the discus. She finished fifth at 97-11, while Reagan Barrett of Nocona advanced in fourth at 98-0-1/2.

"That was tough. When I saw she was that close my heart really went out to her," said Cervetto. "But she had a good ride as a senior. She came out of a really tough district that had the defending state champ in her event, and she never backed down."