By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells boys and girls track teams were on full display, Saturday, in front of a hometown crowd at the Ram Relays as the varsity girls team took seventh place with 42 point and the varsity boys finished third with 90 points.
A number of regional schools traveled to Mineral Wells to participate in the event, including Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, Stephenville, Graham, Springtown, Lake Worth, Abilene Wylie, Tolar, Hico, Burleson and Everman, to name a few.
In the end, it was Stephenville's varsity girls that took first place in their team rankings after 17 events with 129 points. On the boys' side, Mineral Wells finished behind Springtown, with 107 points, and Tolar, who tallied 134.
Highlighting the Rams' bronze day were three first-place finishes in individual events.
Preston Brooks won the 3200 meters with a time of 10:38.34. He beat outpaced teammate Keith Stafford, who finished fifth in 11:16.84.
Stafford would not be outdone, though, beating out Brooks to win the 1600 meters in 4:59.88. Brooks finished fourth in that event with a time of 5:05.22.
The Rams third and final golden boy was Rascellis Williams who won the high jump of 6-foot-4 – a full 4 inches higher than his closest competition. Mark Glover finished fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-foot-6.
The Rams also had one second-place finish on the day, as Juvaree Sutton earned the runner-up title in the 300-meter hurdles with a 40.65 mark.
For the Lady Rams, Alex Pearcy was their sole first-place finisher, winning the 1600 meters in 5:51.23. Karessa Fowler and Yesenia Martinez placed fourth and sixth, respectively, with times of 6:00.35 and 6:08.22.
Fowler also nabbed a second-place finish in the 3200 meters with a time of 12:33.06.
Mineral Wells posted the following finishes in the remainder of Saturday's events:
• 400-meter Relay: fifth – Omery Trevino, Zechariah Stanton, Roy Edla and Jordan Duckett – 45.83.