Lions win title
If the District Meet turns out to be anything similar to the Franklin Lion Relays of two weeks ago, then The Franklin Lions should rule this district. At their meet, the Lions hosted district foes Anderson-Shiro, Hearne, Centerville and New Waverly. After winning the meet quite handily, the Lions look to place their stamp on this year’s race, with a victory. The Lions are favored to take the crown based on their performances thus far this track season.
Right out of the gate, Franklin wanted to take charge on the track beginning with the 4 x 100 meter relay. They lost this event to Hearne at their relays but looked to extract their revenge in the District Meet. Fortunately, for the Lions, the rest of the Meet didn’t turn out like that race. The Lions finished 4th in the event behind eventual winner Hempstead. Luckily for the Lions that was one of the few missteps they made all evening. Mo Brewer started the ball rolling on the track, winning the 800 meters in a time of 2:03. Dylan Elliott followed winning the 100 high hurdles and came back later to finish 2nd in the 300 hurdles. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Jacob Dorsett, Jesus Diaz, Calvin Seevers and Adam Lopez won a close finish with Hearne in a time of 1:33.53. The Lions got a 1st and 2nd place finish in the 400 meter from Jacob Burnett and Calvin Seevers, with both running under 53:00 seconds, a 3rd from David Hughes in the 1600 meters, and a winning performance from the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Burnett, Seevers, Diaz, and Brewer in a time of 3:30.75.
In the field the Lions dominated. Lopez and Seevers finished 3rd and 4th in the long jump; Elliott won the high jump with Seevers and Lopez 2nd and 3rd. Ian Knight finished 2nd in the discus and Elliot finished 3rd in the triple jump. The Lions used it all to win the District Championship from Centerville 141 to 131. Anderson-Shiro was 3rd with 99 points.
Add it all up and you get a strong group of Lions heading to the regionals. Remember, there is no Area Round, so the top 2 finishers in district, in each event, advance to the Region. The Lions will have Mo Brewer in the 800, Elliott in both hurdle events and the high jump, Seevers and Burnett in the 400, two relay teams, Seevers in the high jump, and Knight in the discus. All of these will have their eyes set on a trip to Austin in May to the State Championships.
Michael Cotton | Robertson County News