Texans Entered In The Brooks PR Invitational

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The post track and field season ramps up this weekend.

State track and field meets are now over all across the country with the New York being the last of the state meets to wrap up their season last weekend.

Now, the barrage of national championship meets for high school competition will flood this weekend across the country. One of those events will be the Brooks PR Invitational.

Brooks annually invites a handful of the top national talent over a couple of events to Seattle, Washington to compete. That includes several Texas girls and boys athletes (19).

Below are the Texans who will compete for the chance to be a Brooks Inv. champion.


Esther AkinlosotuAlpha Speed Academy (WA)
Braelyn BakerBear Creek (WA)
Camryn DicksonClear Brook (TX)
Adaejah HodgeAlexander (GA)
Micayah HollandMontverde Academy (FL)
Jordan WashingtonJSerra (CA)
Autumn WilsonSt. Dominic Savio Catholic (TX)

Autumn Wilson (St. Dominic Savio) and Camryn Dickson (Clear Brook) will compete in the girls 100m. Last season, Wilson finished third in the event with a time of 11.39.

This season, Wilson was undefeated in the event. The Georgia signee won her second consecutive TAPPS 6A 100m. Dickson, was disqualified due to a false start at the Region 3-6A Championships that disabled her from competing at state. The Texas A&M signee did however finish second in the UIL 6A 200m


Jacob AndrewsSehome (WA)
Carter BiradeSehome (WA)
Gerard HolmesFort Bend Marshal (TX)
Trevin MoyerMountain Island Charter (NC)
Terrell RobinsonMount Tabor (NC)
Charlie SextonAuburn (AL)
Max ThomasServite (CA)

Gerard Holmes (Fort Bend Marshall) was the UIL 5A fourth place finisher in the 200m and had three races under 21.10 (NWI), including a 20.77. His 100m PR is only 10.89, but he clearly has the speed that may be unveiled over the shorter distance this weekend.


Simone BallardMallard Creek (TX)
Jaiya CovingtonAldine Eisenhower (TX)
Rylee HamptonCypress Ridge (TX)
Taylor McKinnonCardinal Gibbons (NC)
Aleesa SamuelSomerset Academy (FL)
Falon SpearmanProvidence Day (NC)
Jessicka WoodsMaynard Jackson (GA)

Simone Ballard (Katy Mayde Creek), Jaiya Covington (Aldine Eisenhower), and Rylee Hampton (Cypress Ridge) are three of the best hurdlers in the Houston area and the state of Texas. This weekend, they'll be trying to prove three of the best nationally.

Ballard proved that already with her SB races of 13.28 (NWI) and 40.68. The Baylor signee won bothe events at the UIL 6A state meet. Hampton was also a qualifier in both events at the UIL 6A state meet. She was the bronze medal winner this year in the 100 meter hurdles. The Region 3-6A meet was so off the charts that Covington, the 2021 UIL 6A state meet bronze medalist in the 100 meter hurdles didn't make it to state out of the region. The Texas A&M signee was fifth at Brooks last year and has to be itching to end the season with a bang. 


Donovan BradleySummer Creek (TX)
Patrick DavesBayside Academy
Miguel DingleGreer (SC)
Shane GardnerGeorge Ranch (TX)
Kai Graves-BlanksUpland (CA)
Malik MixonWestlake (GA)
Kendrick SmallwoodMesquite Poteet (TX)
Cyrus WaysNease (FL)

Kendrick Smallwood (Mesquite Poteet), Donovan Bradley (Humble Summer Creek), and Shane Gardner (Richmond George Ranch) were just three of the many exciting boys hurdlers this season and they'll race for the chance to be a national champion.

Smallwood won his second consecutive UIL 5A 110 meter hurdle title. He ran a 13.36 (w) time to finish runner-up at Texas Relays. The University of Texas signee was undefeated last year until Brooks last year when he finished fifth overall; I expect him to try to amend that loss. Bradley helped his team win another state championship with his excellent hurdling at state. He was third at the UIL 6A meet in the 300 meter hurdles and was runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles. He was third behind Smallwood at Texas Relays. Gardner was just .02 behind Bradley at the state meet to finish with the bronze medal. The University of Pennsylvania signee ran a PR of 13.69 (w) this season.


Takiya CenciClovis North (CA)
Shawnti JacksonRaleigh Wakefield (NC)
Twaneise JohnsonSt. Francis Catholic (CA)
Christine MallardMansfield Legacy (TX)
Hali MurphySt. Dominic Savio Catholic (TX)
Haley TateKaty Seven Lakes (TX)
Kennedi SandersMadison Ridgeland (MS)
Roisin WillisStevens Point (WI)

Christine Mallard (Mansfield Legacy), Hali Murphy (St. Dominic Savio), and Haley Tate (Katy Seven Lakes) all had fantastic seasons in the 400m and they will compete for the Brooks crown.

Mallard had an interesting season. The important thing is that she gained health just in time for the Texas UIL championship season when she finished second in the 200m and won the 400m at the UIL 5A state meet. The Southern California signee ran a 53.63 SB to win that title, but now over a month later, we just might see her improve on her 52.66 PR. Murphy also experienced some pitfalls with health this season, but at this point, she may be at her healthiest of the entire season. She did run 55.98 to win the TAPPS 6A state meet; The Georgia signee was fourth in this race last year. Tate's only loss in the 400m came at the UIL 6A state meet when she finished runner-up in 53.03. She has a 52.97 PR and could be looking to avenge her only loss of the season with a Brooks win.


Justin BraunWesterville Central (OH)
Will FloydSeattle Prep (WA)
Judson LincolnOakland Mills (MD)
Sidi NjeWestlake (GA)
Avaunt OrtizMcClintock (AZ)
Darius RaineySummer Creek (TX)
Will SumnerWoodstock (GA)

Darius Rainey (Humble Summer Creek) was one of the most recognizable athletes at the UIL state track and field meet. That is because he won three state titles (400m, 800m, and 4x400 relay) as well as the team championship.

He'll head into this meet where he'll compete in the 400m where he is coming off a 46.36 PR at state and a 47.18 at the Wings Track Club Championships


Mia ChavezChino (CA)
Ashlee GallegosJSerra Catholic (CA)
Samantha HumphriesFlower Mound (TX)
Ali InceNormal Community (IL)
Kailey LittlefieldLucas Lovejoy (TX)
Morgan MonesmithHathaway Brown (OH)
Cate PetersMonte Vista (CA)
Lilly ShapiroColts Neck (NJ)
Lauren TolbertHighland Tech (NC)

Two UIL 800m state champions will compete at Brooks. Samantha Humphries (Flower Mound) will look to improve on her 2:07.68 PR from last month's state meet. With only one race to compete in, she'll finally have the chance to throw all of her efforts at this race for the first time in a long time.

Kailey Littlefield (Lucas Lovejoy) ran a UIL 5A state meet record in 2:06.21 to win her second consecutive state title. She then ran 2:09.25 to finish fourth at the RunningLane Track Championships. The sophomore had an underwhelming race here last year; look for her to correct that this year.


Carter CuttingCorner Canyon (UT)
Jai DawsonDana Hills (CA)
Aiden NealManchester Valley (MD)
Miguel PantojasHagerty (FL)
Nick PlantCanfield (OH)
Colin SahlmanNewbury Park (CA)
Yordanos ZelinskiOregon (WI)
Gary MartinArchbishop Wood (PA)


Mia CochranMoon Area (PA)
Isabel Conde de FrankenbergCedar Park (TX)
Sadie EngelhardtVentura (CA)
Mary Ellen EudalyCambridge Christian (FL)
Julia FlynnTraverse City Central (MI)
Sam McDonnellNewbury Park (CA)
Ava ParekhChicago Latin (IL)
Lauren PingDesert Vista (AZ)
Kaiya RobertsonPortland Franklin (OR)
Taylor RohatinskyLone Peak (UT)
Riley StewartCherry Creek (CO)
Caroline WellsWinter Springs (FL)
Juliette WhittakerMount De Sales (MD)

Isabel Conde de Frankenberg (Cedar Park) broke the UIL 5A 1,600m state record when she ran 4:45.95 last month. The sophomore will now look to go faster against national competition at Brooks.


Jackson BarnaRidge (NJ)
Zane BergenNiwot (CO)
Simeon BirnbaumRapid City Stevens (SD)
James DonahueBelmont School (MA)
Aiden EmersonArlington (WA)
Myles HoganFordham Prep (NY)
Devan KipyegoSt. Raphael Academy (RI)
Caleb LakemanTualatin (OR)
Charlie NorthPortland Franklin (OR)
Chris RileyAustin McCallum (TX)
Aaron SahlmanNewbury Park (CA)
Isaac TeeplesKamiakin (WA)

Chris Riley (Austin McCallum) won his first UIL 5A state title last month when he captured the 1,600m title in 4:08.56. He ran a 4:05.78 PR to win Texas Relays and could be on a sub 4:00 in the mile with the type of talent lining up in this field. In 2017, Reed Brown (Southlake Carroll) ran the fastest time in the state at 3:57.91.


Charlotte BednarLawrenceville School (NJ)
Ella BorsheimBellarmine Prep (WA)
Lily CridgeBishop Chatard (IN)
Natalie CookFlower Mound (TX)
Dalia FriasMira Costa (CA)
Sophia KennedyPark Tudor (IN)
Eva KlingbeilNiwot (CO)
Caroline LehmanCambridge Christian (FL)
Bethany MichalakAir Academy (CO)
Jenna MulhernWest Chester Henderson (PA)
Arianne OlsonHolland West Ottawa (MI)
Irene RiggsUniversity (WV)
Ellie SheaBelmont School (MA)
Kayla WernerLynchburg (VA)

(Natalie Cook) Flower Mound) is perhaps the most recognizable face and name in the country. She'll compete in the 2-mile for the first time since the indoor season when ran the US No. 2 all-time 9:44.44. She ran three sub 10-minute  3,200m races including another US No. 2 all-time performance of 9:48.25 for a UIL state meet record and Texas state record.

The competition will be the best she's seen since running a 15.25.93 5,000m national record at the Stanford Inv. If the weather cooperates, we could see another national record from Cook before the heads to Oklahoma State.


Connor BurnsSouthern Boone County (MO)
James CrabtreeSherwood (OR)
Kelton GagnonKlahowya Secondary (WA)
Jaron HartshornLone Peak (UT)
Aaron LakemanTualatin (OR)
Michael MaioranoSouth Medford (OR)
Zack MunsonSehome (WA)
Vince RecuperoBishop Blanchet (WA)
Will SchneiderBishop Blanchet (WA)
Emmanuel SgourosSt. John's Houston (TX)
Wesley ShipseyPortland Central Catholic (OR)
Aiden SmithPortland Lincoln (OR)
Keegan SmithKnoxville Catholic

Emmanuel Sgouros (Houston St. John's) will be searching for a bounce back race. The University of Texas signee ran a Texas state 3,200m record of 8:47.91 at the Arcadia Invitational. He was then under the weather at the SPC state meet in April. Now, he can go for the top 2-mile TX all-time performance in this field. Colby Lowe (Southlake Carroll) ran the state's top time of 8:44.01 in 2008.