AUSTIN — With close to 25,000 fans in the stands it’s not the kind of time you want to have an off night.
But that’s what happened Saturday in UT’s Michael A. Myers Stadium to the Carthage Bulldogs.
A year after finishing third in the state competition, the Bulldogs picked up just nine points and were well back in the standings in 24th.
Most of the points came in a silver-medal winning performance by Kelvontay Ingram as he finished second in the triple jump to A.J. McCarty of Brownwood.
“They came in about even and Kelvontay had the better jump going in and his third jump was a 46-10.25,” Carthage track coach Darren Preston said. “But then the other boy got off a big one on the last jump.”
McCarty’s 47-6 game him the win and set Dixon back a bit.
Dixon would get another chance in an individual event as he had also qualified in the 100-meter dash. But once against he came up short.
“He had the sixth best time coming in and ran the sixth best time,” Preston. “They were all pretty well even and pretty much finished neck-and-neck.”
The 4x100-meter relay saw a mistake catch up with the Dawgs as they got out a little fast in one of exchanges and ended up being disqualified.
“It was disappointing,” Preston said.
D’Ivian Brooks was the only other field event performer for the Bulldogs and the senior discus thrower ended up with a throw of 148-8.
That left just the 4x400-meter relay and when senior D’Travis Duncan was unable to run, but Bulldogs were forced to go with freshman Freddie Lynch instead and ended up finishing out of the points.
“We just didn’t have any firepower left to go to,” Preston said. “I loaded up my first three runners to start and we were in second starting the final lap. But you can’t put a kid in there who’s been running JV all year and expect him to compete.
“These things happen. You just hope they don’t happen to you at the state track meet. I felt we competed, but we didn’t have enough to compete the way we wanted to. Most of these guys are back and hopefully we can put together another strong team to come down here.
“I thought we had a pretty good year. I’d just like to see a little better ending.”