Girls Track Places 3rd in State
- Written by Matthew Archer
The varsity girls’ track team placed third at the TAPPS 3A state meet on May 4 and 5, which is the highest finish ever for the BCS track program. The meet was held in Waco at the Hart-Patterson track complex on the Baylor campus.
Junior Priscilla Glenn won two events, leading Brentwood Christian to a total of 82 points, which was only five away from the second-place school, Carrollton Prince of Peace, and 28 points away from state champion Colleyville Covenant Christian.
Glenn won the 300-meter hurdles, taking nearly two seconds off her own school record with a time of 46.53 seconds, and the long jump, leaping 16-5¾ feet. She also placed in the top three in the pole vault and her two relays.
“This is an amazing accomplishment,” girls’ coach Katie Smith said. “I have really been impressed this season with her poise under pressure, her support of her team, and her sportsmanship with her competitors. That is what truly makes her a champion.”
According to Smith, this was the first time a Brentwood student has ever become state champion in two different events. Glenn scored a total of 37 points, the most of any 3A female athlete.
“(When I won) I felt shock, but then pure excitement and joy took over as I knew all my hard work had paid off,” Glenn said.
Senior Brittany Brunson placed second in the mile at 5:34, tying her own school record, and fourth in the two mile (12:26).
Junior Michelle Dembosky also set a school record in the discus throw (98-6), finishing in second place.
Junior Morgan Vandygriff placed third in the 400 (1:00.52), and freshman Nicole Glenn placed second in the high jump (5-0), setting a school record.
The 4x400 relay team, comprising both Glenn sisters, Brunson, and Vandygriff, earned third with a time of 4:17.54.
“Not only is this the most successful track team in school history, finishing third in state, but these are some of the most dedicated, team oriented girls I have ever coached,” Smith said.
Two weeks earlier both the boys’ and girls’ teams traveled to Hallettsville to compete in the regional track meet. The girls’ team placed first with 144 points, scoring 60 points more than the second-place school, and the boys finished in 14th place with four points.
The boys took seven athletes to the meet in nine different events, while the girls took 12 people in 15 events.
At the meet Brunson won the mile and two mile with times of 5:48 and 12:38, respectively. Vandygriff won the 400, finishing at 1:02.35, and Glenn took first in the pole vault with a height of 10-0.
The girls’ 4x400 relay team finished first with a time of 4:16.3, breaking their own school record once again.
For the boys, senior Marcus McCormick placed fifth in the mile with a time of 5:04, and senior Trent George also got fifth in the shot put with a throw of 36-0.
Boys’ track coach Jacob Rotich said he was a little disappointed that no one advanced to the state meet, but he told the team after the meet not to worry about it but to begin focusing on next year.
“We have big plans to work hard in the summer and earlier in the school year, and I’m really excited to see how we will do next year,” Rotich said.