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GC Track & Field: Tigers, Lady Tigers take second at Bullard-Williams Meet

Feb. 26—Ja'Shaun Lloyd blew the doors off and everyone in the field Thursday night in the Bullard-Williams Track & Field Meet — the only home meet the Tigers have all season.

Lloyd blistered the track, winning the 110-hurdles and the 300-hurdles — just as everyone expected he would do — to lead the Tigers to a second-place finish, and Jaz Newsome led a deep and talented Lady Tigers team to a second-place finish.

The Tigers scored 111 points and the Lady Tigers scored 143 but Waxahachie Life won both meets as the girls won with a whopping 208 points and the boys scored 177.

It was a strong start for the two programs that not only seemed to get better every year recently, but have improved of late. Loyd was a big reason the Tigers improved a year ago.

Lloyd, who finished second in the 5A state Meet's 110-hurdles and sixth in the 300-hurdles last spring, took a big step toward an even better season for 2024, He won the 110s in 13.60 and left the field in the 300s to win in 38:16 and helped the Tiger 4x100 relay team win that title in 41.53.

Lloyd ran the third leg with his twin brother, Ty'Shaun Lloyd, who anchored the sprint relay winners, along with Jeremial Taylor, who ran the second leg, right behind Darelle Smith, who ran the first leg after running by opponents during football season.

It seemed every time Smith saw a flash of daylight he was gone for a long touchdown run, leaving most of the defenses in the District 5-5A race behind. Tiger track & field Coach Wayne Braziel was happy to welcome Smith to his team.

"When I saw at the football banquet I knew if we could get him we would have something special," Braziel said.

The Bullard-Williams was the first step and it was a predictably fast and welcomed first step. Braziel always has strong relay teams and all three relays performed well at Community National Bank & Trust Stadium Thursday.

The mile relay took second in 3:38 as Haynes-Williams, Keymaizeon Harvey, Ty'Shaun Lloyd and D'Kevion Weaver looked good together in their first meet. The 4x200 relay team took third with one change from the 4x400 lineup (Jeremial Taylor ran the anchor leg).

Taylor finished second in the 200, Esquival Rojas was sixth in the 3200 to complete Corsicana's points on the track.

The Tigers had a lot of success in the field, where Dontay Thomas, who went to the Region Meet in the triple jump last spring, opened 2024 with a leap of 41-10 to take first Thursday.

LJ Williams, who was fifth in the triple jump, won the high jump (6-2) and Quinton Davis was second (6-0). Jeremiah Escamilla finished fourth in the discus).

Newsome and Measha Rhinehart led the Lady Tigers. They led the 4x100 relay team to a first-place finish in 49.59 along with Marche Belmonte and Nevaeh Thomas, who ran the first two legs, and they led the 4x400 relay team to a second-place finish. Newsome ran the first leg, Jada Thomas ran second, Rhinehart ran the third leg and soccer star Kiana Lopez-Wilson, who joined the track team late last season, was the anchor. The 4x200 team of Destiny Colon, Jada Thomas, Erika Roughton and Nevaeh Thomas took third. Navaeh Thomas was third in the 100.

Rhinehart won the 200 in 25.19. Roughton, a freshman, was fifth and Colon finished sixth. Newson, who reached the Region Meet last spring in the 400, took second in that race Thursday.

Havanah Hernandez won the 1600 (15:41.39), Casandra Hernandez was fifth in the 400, second in the 800, and second in the 1600 and Valerie Diaz was third in the 800.

Keyonnia Dobitz finished fifth in the 100-hurdles and sixth in the 300-hurldles, right behind Corsicana's Molly Gomez, who was fifth.

Newsome (fifth) and Rhinehart (sixth) scored points in the long jump and Rhinehart was fifth in the triple jump behind Roughton's fourth-place finish and ahead of Jada Thomas, who was sixth. Belmontes took third in the high jump and Roughton was sixth.

Miracle Chambers took fourth in the shot put and Alexis Evans was sixth, and Deliah Ortiz took sixth in the discus.