Rcms Charge Led By Speedy Alexander


The White Mountain League track and field boy's championships could also be dubbed the "Brandon Alexander Show."

The title would be appropriate because of the showing the Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader turned in during the May 3 finals at Payson High School. Alexander, the son of former Longhorn football star Greg Alexander, dominated the Class A division, winning the 100- and 200-meter events, running a leg on the Mavericks' second place 4x100 relay team and taking sixth in the shot put.


Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader Brandon Alexander (front) takes off in the 4x100 relay after receiving the baton from a teammate. Alexander won two gold medals in the championships.

In the 100 meters, his time of 11.87 was the only sub-12 second clocking turned in during the competition. His time of 24.61 in the 200 meters easily bested his PR of 25.39. The relay team finished just three-tenths of a second behind the Show Low Cougars.

Alexander's father, watching from the sidelines, was impressed by his son's quick pace and blazing tempo.

"I don't know where he gets his speed, not me," he said. The elder Alexander was a hard-nosed fullback and linebacker on the Longhorns state runner-up team in 1986 and the 1987 A West championship squad.

In the shot put, Brandon Alexander entered with a qualifying throw of 36 feet, 1 inch but managed to uncork a personal best effort 37 feet, 5.5 inches.

In the Class B division, Ben Sandoval was first in the shot put with a heave of 32 feet, 2 inches. Teammate Clint Hacker was eighth in the division.

Sandoval was also second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters. In both sprints, his clockings (26.21 and 12.73) were faster than the qualifying times he posted a week earlier. Also for RCMS, Tyler Wolfe was third in the B high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches. The showings of the boy's team members earned RCMS a fifth place finish in the 11-team field. The Mavericks carded 87 points to trail Holbrook (94), Show Low (125), Snowflake (133.5) and Blue Ridge (182).

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