Hood County athletes post top-10 in TAAF

July 31, 2013

While there were no medals brought home, five athletes from Hood County posted top-10 finishes at this past weekend’s Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas Track and Field Meet in Corpus Christi.

Leading the contingent was pole vaulter Rodie Brister of Tolar, one of two competitors representing Venom Track Club. Brister cleared 13 feet, 6 inches to take fourth place in the Boys 16-Under division.

Also from Venom, Warren Miller posted a career-best vault of 9-6. That was good enough for ninth place in the Boys 14-Under division.

Venom had a third member qualify for state, Reagan Mabery. However, the Tolar senior and three time University Interscholastic League state qualifier, did not compete.

Brister, who will be entering his junior year at Tolar, was also a UIL state qualifier last season in the pole vault.

In the Girls 16-Under high jump competition, Granbury High sophomore Jettin Murphy placed fifth. She cleared five feet.

Last summer Murphy garnered attention when she competed in both the TAAF Games of Texas and the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics just days apart. This summer, however, the UIL area qualifier opted to only participate in the TAAF Games.

Sarah Sledge, also from Granbury High, qualified for TAAF state in the high jump, but did not compete.

The Hood County Flyers wrapped up their first summer of competition by having nine athletes compete in Corpus Christi. They had 10 qualify.

The top performance by a Flyer was turned in by J.J. Lee in the Boys 10-Under division. He placed fifth in the high jump, clearing 3-10. He also competed in the 800-meter run, and qualified for the 1600 but did not compete.

Kasyn Burdette, also with the Flyers, posted the other top-10 finish by an area athlete. In the 8-Under Boys category, he was ninth in the high jump with a 2-9 effort.

Rachel Perriello, competing in the girls 16-Under bracket, narrowly missed a top-10 finish, taking 11th in the 800.

Kyle Vahlenkamp, in the Boys 10-Under division, qualified for state in the high jump, but did not compete.

In all, the Flyers won 87 medals in their three regular-season meets. This included capturing 40 in the first meet in club history, at Comanche.

Last summer, recently graduated Granbury high jumper Shelby Cline won a gold medal in the event at the TAAF Games, clearing a school-record 5-6.

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