By CLINT FOSTER
GORDON – The home team shined when Gordon High School hosted the Longhorn Relays last Thursday, where the Longhorn varsity track team finished first and the Lady Horns, fourth.
The Gordon boys' winning effort was highlighted by first-place finishes in five different events.
Caleb Johnston won the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.9 in front of four Longhorn teammates – Chase Coffman finished sixth in 25.19, Tanner Jump finished 17th in 26.94, Sam Hernandez finished 21st in 27.72 and Twister Brown finished 25th in 30.77.
Seth Wheeler took home first in the 400 meters, posting a 54.28 mark – enough to beat out fellow Gordon thinclads Josh Engle and Seth Allen, who finished sixth and 15th, respectively.
Garrett Collins won the next distance category, completing the 800 meters in 2:14.12 ahead of Engle and Mathew Stockstill, who finished sixth and 11th, respectively.
In the 1600 meters, Tyler Reed was Gordon's golden boy, winning the race in 5:31.58.
For the Gordon boys' final win of the day, Wheeler, Collins and Johnston combined with Xavier Castaneda to capture the 4x400-meter relay in 3:44.33.
Tannah Kelleher was the only Lady Horn to top the podium at her home track, earning a win in the 200-meter dash with a 29.63 time.
Gordon's rivals to the west, Strawn were also well-represented at the Longhorn Relays, with the Greyhounds coming out on top in two events and the Lady Hounds winning three.
The Greyhounds were uncontested in the pole vault, allowing Tyler Bays to win first with a 12-foot flop and Nic Miller to earn second with a vault of 11 feet.
The Strawn boys' second win came in the discus, where Greyhounds took first, second and third place to sweep the podium. Ross Allison was first with a 146-foot-4 throw, followed by Marcus Lopez at 118-foot-1 and Chase Mackey at 108-foot-5.5.
The Lady Hounds also won the discus, as Jayde Price took the cake with an 87-foot-3 throw. Gordon's Tristen Johnson came in second, hurling her disc 80 feet and an inch, and Strawn's Jackie Berumen took bronze with a 76-foot-6 throw.