UIL Track & Field Championships start Friday
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
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