earning a trip to the “big dance,” several local athletes will leave

Thursday for a chance at a state title at the UIL State Track meet in

Austin. Six Mustangs and two from LC-M will look to represent Orange

well as they compete in their events.


Mustangs, who have fought adversity the last couple of years but come

out with two state championships, will compete in seven events. Both 4×1

and 4×2 relay teams will fight to defend their titles.

Running on those

two teams are seniors Phillip Jones, Ed Ivory and Mark Roberts

and junior Justin Thomas. Jones will also compete in the 110m hurdles

where he was the state champion in 2009 and won the silver, just missing

the gold by .02 seconds.

Ivory will compete in the 100m, going in with

the second best time of 10.67. Thomas will compete in the 200m after

snagging the silver last year at the state meet. He has the fastest

qualifying time with 21.54.

Sophomore Colin Janice will make his first

appearance at the meet, competing in the 400m. Janice goes in with the

third fastest qualifying time at 49.5.


Mustang Johnesha Sims will also compete at the State Track meet in the

100m race. Sims was third at the regional level, running a 12.31, but

the UIL decided to add a wildcard participant and because her time was

the fastest of the bronze medalists, she was given the chance to compete

one more time.

The 100m has never been Sims race, but after teammate

Crystal Haynes went down with a stroke in February, Sims decided to run

the 100m for Haynes. Every medal she has won for that race, she has

given to Haynes.


expect everyone to give their best effort,” Head Track Coach Toby

Foreman said. “As long as we execute in the relays, we have a good

chance to bring home the team title again.”


gentlemen from LC-M will also compete. Junior Hayden Reed will go into

the shot put competition with the second best qualifying throw at 60’6 ¾

and will also compete in the discus, qualifying third with a throw of

178’7 ½.

Sophomore Alex Sezar also was able to cash in on the wildcard

spot, qualifying for both the 100m and 200m races. His qualifying times

are 3rd in the 100m, 10.85, and fourth in the 200m at 21.82.

Reed will start Orange County

off at 1:30 p.m. at Mike Myers Stadium with the discus throw. The 3A/4A

races will begin with the 4×1 relay at 6:10 p.m. Sezar will close out the

night with the 200m at 8:40 p.m. Between those two times, Orange County

will be entertained with nine races in which the Mustangs or Sezar will

be running.