SNYDER — Quality trumped quantity.
The Big Spring boys' track team didn't have have the numbers heading into the District 5-3A track meet, but the Steers definitely had the star power, which was enough to allow them to edge Brownwood for the league title here Wednesday.
The Steers amassed 186 points, compared to 182 for Brownwood. Abilene Wylie was third with 148 points.
The meet, which was nip and tuck throughout, came down to the final event, the 1,600 meter relay, before the team title was decided. With BSHS and Brownwood tied heading into the event, Big Spring's quartet of Elias Bihl, Abraham Ellison, Seth Pearson and Robert Barraza finished second, while Brownwood placed third. That point differential was enough to give the Steers the meet title.
The Steers claimed the district championship despite having one of the thinnest squads in the competition.
“I knew we weren't going to have depth — we only had 14 kids — but those 14 kids competed hard,” BSHS boys' coach Mitch Woodard said. “We were able to get enough first, second and third place finishes to hold everybody off.”
Leading the way in the individual events was Mike Menefield, who finished first in the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter dash.
Menefield, the defending state champion in the triple jump, won that event Wednesday with a leap of 46 feet, 3.5 inches, more than four feet better than Pearson, who placed second with a distance of 41-9.5. Menefield captured the gold medal in the long jump with a leap of 222-11.75, then crossed the tape first in the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.70 seconds.
“I don't think Mike's been beaten in the jumps this year,” Woodard said. “We were counting on him for points, and he definitely delivered.”
The Steers were hardly a one-man show, however, receiving first-place finishes from Pearson in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Gustavo Lugo in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and Sergio Torres in the 800-meter run.
Aside from the 1,600-meter relay squad's finish, BSHS' 400-meter relay contingent finished second while the 800-meter relay was third.
The Steers advance to the Region I-3A track meet, to be held May 2-3 at the Fuller Complex in Lubbock.
SNYDER — The BSHS girls' track team, which was in first place at the end of the first day of competition, was unable to withstand a second-day charge from defending District 5-3A champion Abilene Wylie.
Wylie claimed the district title with 178.5 points, while BSHS was second with 163. Brownwood finished third.
“It was a great district meet,” BSHS girls' coach Nick Roberson said. “The girls fought to the bitter end. Out of 18 events, we probably had personal bests in 14 … It was an incredible competition, and Wylie was just a little bit better.”
The Lady Steers received strong performances from their 400-meter and 800-meter relay squads, which both finished first.
Individually, BSHS was paced by Bridgette Tuitt, who finished first in both the long jump and 200-meter run, Desiree Anderson, who won the 100-meter dash, and Jaycee Williams, who won the 3,200-meter run.
With BSHS sending a strong complement to the upcoming regional meet in Lubbock, Roberson likes his team's chances there.
“I've said all along that we might have a better chance to win the regional meet than the district meet, because of our quality points,” Roberson said.
The Region I-3A meet will be held May 2-3 at the Fuller Complex in Lubbock.