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Cougars Sweep the House!
Led by Jacael Davis' 28 total points, the Cougars jumped out to a solid 50 point lead after the field events. Keith Benford, champion in the high jump at 6'8 shared the spot light with Jacael Davis taking 2nd and Deon Gaddy 3rd to complete the sweep. Jumping 22'10 in the long jump for a 2nd place finish Benford also added valuable points to the early lead. Jacael Davis leaped 43'11 1/2 in the triple jump to the district championship for himself. Aaron Bynum threw the discus 134' to place 2nd and Ashton Deshay placed 2nd in the shot put with both heading to Regionals. The 4X100 team of Spencer Eggleston, Brandon Pittman, Brian Washington and Anthony Bryant are district champions running a season best 41.7. Anthony Bryant took on the 100m dash with a time of 10.80. Jacael Davis is your district champion in the 110H running 14.7 while Marcus Ali had a personal best in the 110H prelims of 14.6. Ali fought back to capture 3rd in the 300H. Spencer Eggleston continues his reign as the district 400m champion for the 3rd consecutive year running 49.1 sec. Brian Washington ran the 200m dash in 22 sec. to place 2nd overall. Struggling with several controversial rulings the Cougars fought back with all their might. The 4X400 team of Brandon Pittman, Phillip Davis , Brian Washington, and Spencer Eggleston sprinted by Westlake and Pflugerville to become the district champions in the mile relay with a time of 3:22 sec. A fitting triumph to cap off the bitter sweet night. Girls highlights coming shortly.
The JV also made the district aware of what the future holds by beating the next team by over 100 points. Led by Trey Rice, Kenny Defee, Jacoby Sanders and Elijah Brown, the Cougars took control of the meet early and held on for the ride! They are your 25A JV Champions. Freshman boys follow the path laid out for them by the last three freshman teams, it lead them straight to the 3rd Freshman District Championship. Highlights to come.
Cougars Take on the Panther Relays
The Cougars will have all 3 relays competing in the Texas Relays along with Keith in the High Jump, Chester in the Long Jump, Bynum in the Discus and Marcus in the hurdles.
Connally Cougar Relays
Despite a cold wet day the Cougar Relays were a success. Many runners from different parts of Texas showed up to compete in what turned out to be one of the best distance competitions in the state. Schools such as Houston Strake Jesuit, Cedar Park, Austin St. Michaels, Smithson Valley, St.Andrews and Georgetown to name a few put on a show in the 1600m run. As one coach put it "That boys mile race is the talk of the state right now (10 runners?4:29 and under)The 7 fastest times run in the state yesterday were run at Connally High School." That being said, the Cougars stood their ground at home, without the cushion of the field events, the Cougars were forced to flex their muscles on the track alone. The sprint relay, showing off their new all white uniforms, started the afternoon winning the 4X100m relay. Brandon Pittman earned a second straight gold medal ,in as many weeks, claiming 1st in the 100m dash. Marcus Ali placed 2nd in the 110H. The team of Brandin Ndubuisi, Chester Chappell, Matthew Mitchell and Keith Benford secured a first place finish in the sprint medley. Spencer Eggleston followed the medley with a 1st place finish in the 400m run. Not to be outdone, Brian Washington sprinted around the curve in just over 22 seconds to capture a 1st place medal in the 200m dash. That was followed up by the record setting mile run. To cap off an evening of dreary conditions, the mile relay team of Phillip Davis, Brandon Pittman, Brian Washington and Spencer Eggleston sprinted by Smithson Valley in 3:24 seconds to preserve not only a 1st place finish in the relay but a team title as well.
Come out and join us at the Connally Cougar Relays
Bryan Viking Relays
With a long bus ride behind them and a gorgeous afternoon ahead of them the Cougars hit the track in Bryan Tx. Pumped up from this weeks hard work and their first meet title, they took on the Vikings challenge. The field events exploded as Keith Benford and Jacael Davis broke school records. Benford struggled with his first two jumps but came back with a vengeance capturing a new meet and Connally record of 6'9" in the High Jump. Davis used every ounce of energy he had making stops at all three pits: high jump, long jump and triple jump! Clearing 6'2" at the high jump, he went on to take second place in the long jump, but for him the most exciting was yet to come! Davis hit 44'8 on his first Triple Jump attempt, breaking the second Connally record to fall in the meet. Not to be out done our "throwers" were collecting their own batch of points! Aaron Bynum and Ashton Deshay took spots in the top three by hitting distances over 150ft. Back at the jump pits Chester Chappell captured 1st in the long jump, and Jacoby Sanders heaped on more points in the triple jump. Finishing out the field events the Cougars had an amazing 45 points on the board with the closest competing team following with 15.
Running 42.1 in the sprint relay, our team of Spencer Eggleston, Brandon "Sunshine" Pittman, Brian "B.Wash" Washington and Demosinee "Demo" Mays blew past the field to take first place in the opening event. Building on the excitement Marcus Ali fought the 110m hurdles and took 2nd place breaking his own personal best of 14.8! The 800m relay put Trey Rice, Davis, Chappell and Demo to the test, they answered with an outstanding 2nd place. In the 300m hurdles, Benford and Ali added 2nd and 5th place finishes. Challenging two of our key athletes the 200m and 400m dash events were brutal. B.Wash snatched 3rd place in the 200m, clocking a time of 22.1 seconds. Senior and Captain Spencer "Egg" Eggleston pushed his way through the field to 2nd in the 400m.
As the predicted cold front blew in 30mph wind gusts and a 15 degree drop in temperature the mile relay loomed ahead, the Cougars needed 2nd place or better to take home another meet. Philip Davis started the relay off with a determined lead lap, B.Wash continued pressuring LBJ and the Spring team that held a close 2nd in the overall standings. As he handed off in 3rd place, Sunshine took the baton and pursued a former Cougar on the LBJ team. Coming around the back stretch, Sunshine screamed by the Jaguar to put his team in 2nd on the hand-off to the anchor leg. Fighting to take the lead from Spring H.S. Egg rounded the first curve and sprinted past the opposing runner clearly determined to take home the gold medal. Springs' runner made a final sprint but Egg steadily stretched the lead capturing the mile relay title and catapulting the Cougars into the Viking Relays first place team spot!
Cougars Take Georgetown Eagle Invitational
Demosinee Mays and Brandon Pittman helped bring in the Relays and the 200m dash. Benford along with Marcus Ali placed 2nd and 3rd in the 300m hurdles. Chester Chappell helped the overall scores tally up in the long and triple jump. Ray Grant competed in the 800m for first time since tearing his ACL during the football season. Jacoby Sanders, Matt Mitchell and Phillip Davis helped bring home a bronze the 800m relay. Anthony Bryant took care of business by placing 2nd in the 100m. The mile relay was a screaming event with several teams going head to head at every curve! All four laps were a challenge, an awesome 2nd place finish capped off a very windy and cold evening. The Cougar JV team also dominated their relays and field events, including pole vault. Girls Info coming soon!
What a great testament to hard work, both Varsity and JV Cougars went home with 1st place team honors!
Senior Captains: "Lil' Bit" - Jasmine Henderson, Paige Turner, "Ray" Arthur Grant, and "Egg" Spencer Eggelston gave a few words of wisdom to all, and the sealed 2008 chests were opened to symbolize the beginning of the 2009 season. Pizza and fun were had by all!
Great things are in store for the Cougars with hard work and leadership.
Cougars 2008 Regional Track & Field Champions
Breaking several school records and moving on to state competition in a number of events, your Cougars did you proud!
First Ever Connally Regional Champions 2008
After falling to Vista Ridge at district your Cougars hit the track to re-group. Fine tuning their skills and building their individual line up they worked every day to reach the goal, a regional championship! Our Cougars hit the road to San Antonio ready to rumble. Two long hot days later it came down to the wire, every event and every point had counted! Pulling out all they had was going to be necessary, the 4x400 would be the race to win. And win they did, in a thrilling finsh by Tim Anderson, Brian Washington, Darius Darks, and Spencer Eggelston.