Cove track athletes get in work at AAU track meet on Saturday
By TJ Maxwell
The Copperas Cove Summer Track program recently hosted an (AAU) summer track meet at Bulldawg Stadium.
Incoming senior Kyle Stifflemire neared his own school record by clearing 16-feet even for first place in the 18-and-under pole vault during Saturday’s AAU meet. Stifflemire is in preparation for the 43rd Annual Great Southwest Track & Field Classic at the University of New Mexico’s Track & Field Stadium in Albuquerque, NM to be held May 31-June 2.
Also notching first place finishes was Kyra Gatson in the girls’ 14U division. She cleared 34 feet, 4 inches to win the triple jump and cleared 4-feet-10 to win the high jump with Akira Boast following with a 4-feet-6 jump. Gatson also notched a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.12 and a third-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:37.73
The girl’s 18U 4x100-meter relay team of Tytianna West, Fanya Corbin, Norviana Crook and Tyquonda Brooks also earned a second-place finish with a time 53.75 seconds.
Crook also earned a podium finish in the 16U long jump with a mark of 15-feet-8 ½ inches to earn a third-place spot and a fifth-place spot in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.60 seconds.
Breanna Buckram earned a fifth-place finish in the 10U girls’ 100-meter dash and Simone Valot closed out the girls’ action with a pair of fifth-place finishes in the girls’ 14U division. She ran a time of 2:50.39 in the 800-meter run and cleared the 13-feet-10 ½ mark in the long jump.
Joining Stifflemire on the podium for the boys was Christian Tuiasosopo, who earned a third-place finish in the 16U 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.68 seconds. Kellen Avritt also finished third in the boys’ 16U pole vault with a 12-feet-6 vault. Tim Doyle just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault with the same height as Avritt on more attempts.
Senior A.J. Acosta also just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in the 18U 200-meter dash with a time of 22.98 seconds. Jacorian Frazer also earned a fourth-place spot in the 16U 200-meter dash with a time of 24.48 seconds. Frazer finish sixth in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 12 seconds flat.
Cameron West finished fifth in the 16U 200-meter dash with a time of 25 seconds flat, Dimitri Bell finished sixth in the 18U 100-meter dash and Kamryn Pitts closed out the boys’ action with a sixth-place finish in the 12U 400-meter dash with a time of 1:12.04.