Lady Steers claim regional track title

LUBBOCK — All track season, Brigette Tuitt and Desiree Anderson have been counted on to provide leadership to the Big Spring High School girls’ track team.Tuesday, the duo led BSHS to the team title at the Region I-3A track meet in Lubbock.Tuitt collected four gold medals and a silver, while Anderson netted three gold medals and a silver to lead the Lady Steers, who scored 98 points to easily out-point runner-up Abilene Wylie.“One of the deals I’ve preached all year ... is team,” said Nick Roberson, BSHS girls track coach. “The reason we’ve won some big track meets this year is because we’re a team. Even the girls who didn’t win medals (Tuesday), like Cerbi Ritchey (fourth in the discus), earned important points for us.”Buitt’s and Anderson’s medal haul began Monday when they finished first and second, respectively, in the long jump, but that proved to merely be an indicator of things to come.Tuesday, Tuitt won individual gold in the triple jump, winning the event in a distance of 38 feet, four inches, and the 200-meter run, which she won in a time of 24.79 seconds.Anderson reached the medal stand when she placed second in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.45 seconds, .34 of a second behind winner Chianne Lowe of Kennedale.Tuitt and Anderson then teamed with April Turner and Dyrshae Vanderbilt to win both the 400-meter and 800-meter relays. In the 400 relay, Big Spring crossed the finish line in 47.98 seconds to nip Kennedale and Lubbock Estacado, which finished second and third, respectively.BSHS’ 800 relay-winning time was 1 minute, 41.13 seconds. Kennedale again finished second, while Abilene Wylie placed third.Individuals and relays finishing in the top two spots at the regional meet advance to the Class 3A state track and field meet later this month in Austin.