On a beautiful spring weekend at Turner Stadium, numerous high school track and field athletes took that final major step toward realizing, or reliving, their dreams of competing at state levels.
In the Region III 5A/6A track meet this past weekend at Turner Stadium, athletes from various track and field events competed for that right, with the first and second place teams earning a place in Austin next month.
On the 5A-side, for Humble, it was, as Yogi Berra would say, déjà vu all over again for one specific athlete.
Last year, when she made the state meet, Humble senior Arianna West said that she couldn’t wait to run and just have fun.
This year, she relives that dream; after finishing third in the primaries, she qualified for state by finishing second in the 100-meter final.
She will be joined at state by Humble senior Jordan Booker, who took second in the preliminary of the boys 200-meter dash, then took first in the finals with a time of 20.78. Humble’s 4x100 boys meter relay team will also be at state, as they finished second in the final round.
In 6A, there were athletes from multiple area schools that qualified for the state meet.
The most prominent of the area 6A schools was arguably Atascocita; the Eagles had athletes qualify for state in the girls 3200-meter run, girls 100-meter hurdles, boys 800-meter run, and boys triple jump.
In addition, the Eagles 4x200 meter relay on the girls side finished second in preliminaries and fourth in the finals.
From Summer Creek, girls freshman Dynasty McClennon stood out, as she qualified for state in the 400-meter dash by finishing first in the prelims and second in the final. In fact, McClennon will be pulling double duty at state, as she will be a part of the Bulldogs 4x100-meter relay team.
Finally, from Kingwood, junior Carter Storm will be the lone representative for the Mustangs at state, as he finished first in the boys 1600-meter run.