MOORE — When he stepped off the podium after finishing third in the 1,600-meter run, Bethany junior Aaron Brinegar stumbled a little and quickly sat down.
“I couldn’t stand up and my eyes kept blacking out,” he said. “I couldn’t see real well.”
What’s worse, Brinegar still had another race to run.
He teamed with his younger brother, Evan Brinegar, and the brother duo of Dalton and Landon Stout for a fourth-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay to help Bethany to one of its best team performances ever at the Class 4A state track meet Saturday at Moore Stadium. The Bronchos finished fifth with 57.5 points.
Dalton Stout, a senior, was one of three individual champions from Bethany, winning the 400 meters in 49.95 seconds. Noble Lybrand won the discus by more than 10 feet, with a throw of 159 feet, 11 inches. And on the girls team, Mikaela Jenckes won the long jump at 17-11.
“I think all three of us broke school records,” Dalton Stout said.
Lybrand got to enjoy his discus title in a unique way. He had already sealed up the gold medal when he stepped into the circle for his final throw.
“I was the last guy to throw and I knew I was in first, so the last throw was just putting everything I had into it,” he said. “Going into the ring for that last throw, my veins were pumping with adrenaline. It was one of the best moments I’ve had in my life so far. It was a great feeling.”
Dalton Stout added a runner-up finish in the long jump, while he, Landon Stout and Aaron Brinegar were third in the 3,200 relay Friday.
“Dalton is my mentor. I look up to him a lot,” Landon Stout said. “It’s hard to see him leaving. I’ll never run with him again. It’s crazy.”
Maybe the Bronchos’ special day didn’t end with a gold medal, but it ended with a gritty effort worthy of such.
After his exhausting 1,600 run, Aaron Brinegar hadn’t recovered for the relay until about five minutes before the race. And after a slow start on the anchor leg, he found himself in seventh place. But over the final 150 meters, he found whatever he had left in the tank, passing three runners to get to fourth.
“It’s just special,” Dalton Stout said. “We all went through football together. We’ve all grown up together, me and my brother living in the same room. It’s exciting, just a real good time.”