By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells track and field team had a busy weekend, with athletes taking the blocks both at the Boyd Relays and the Texas Relays in Austin.
Mineral Wells sent a handful of athletes south to the state capital, as standouts Juvaree Sutton represented the Rams and Alex Pearcy, the Lady Rams, in competition Friday and Saturday.
Running in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Pearcy finished sixth with a time of 8:07.39. Meanwhile, Sutton continued to compete in the 110-meter hurdles, where he placed 11th with a 15.35 mark.
World-class high jumper Rascellis Williams was set to compete in his trademark event in Austin, but aggravated his hip flexer while running the 4x200-meter relay, according to head coach Jackie Harvey. Harvey said Williams will nurse the injury in hopes that he will be at full strength for district.
In Boyd, the Mineral Wells boys and girls both finished sixth in the team rankings with scores of 49 and 37 points, respectively.
The two teams combined for five individual first-place finishes from three different athletes.
For the girls, Karessa Fowler was the golden girl, winning the 3,200 meters in 12:52.06 and the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:41.52. Yesenia Martinez also competed in the 1,600, where she came in third with a 5:54.06 mark.
Biren Clardy was the most decorated Ram, as he won the triple jump with a 40-and-a-half-foot leap and captured an elusive win in the high jump – with his teammate, Williams, out of town – on a 6-foot elevation.
The final first place finisher was Jared Lord, who catapulted himself 11 feet to win the pole vault.
It was the JV girls that proved to be Mineral Wells' best team of the day, finishing third with a total of 91 points.
Valerie Lord, Makayla Cantu and Jessica Isenberg provided the highlights of the day, combining for four first-place finishes.