Broncos trio to compete at state track meet

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Two Legacy girls will be in the blocks when the Class 4A state track meet guns fire this weekend, in hopes of bringing medals back to Mansfield. Another Bronco will compete in the boys division.

Victoria Johnson and Brianna Stone will represent Legacy in Austin when they compete on Friday, while Garrett Moore will run the 300m hurdles on the boys side of the slate of events.

Johnson, another hurdler for Legacy, has qualified to run in both the 100m and 300m hurdles events.

Stone will run the 400m dash.

It will be a return trip for Stone in the 400m, an event which she placed fourth last year in the 5A division.

Finishing second in the 400m at the Region II meet two weeks ago, Stone, a junior, feels she has something to prove after falling just one slot shy of bringing home a medal.

Her inclusion in the state meet last year was indicative of the stiff competition in the event just within the district. Stone finished third in the regional meet, and was added to the qualifier’s list by being the “wild card,” having the fastest third-place finish among all four regionals.

“The experience of not making it has made me work harder to advance to the next level,” Stone said.

Stone’s personal best was run last season and is about a second faster than what she’s run thus far in 2013. Much of that difference is likely due to overcoming an injury before being able to get back in prime condition.

“I got hurt a few weeks after the state meet last year,” Stone said of her foot injury. “It’s taken a while to bounce back.”

The 400m is one of the more demanding races, as it’s a full quarter-mile sprint.

But the event is one that Stone has come to relish.

“It’s something that I’ve found I really enjoy and something I’m good at,” Stone said.

Heading into the last few days before the state competition, Stone said she’ll focus on just going back to Austin with a really good attitude and stay focused to get at least a top three spot.

Also shooting for one of the medal positions, Johnson heads to Austin as the key competition to the state’s fastest hurdler.

In the 100m hurdle event, Johnson comes in to the state meet with the second-fastest qualifying time of 14.13, behind just Kiana Hawn of Forney’s 14.03.

In the 300m event, Johnson has the fifth-fastest time behind Hawn’s top pace.

Lacy Beckler, the Legacy head coach, said Johnson has just picked up the 100m event this year.

“It’s amazing that in just one year, she’s run one of the fastest times in the state,” Beckler noted.

Johnson, a senior, missed the state meet in the 300m hurdles last year by finishing just one spot shy of the state meet.

She has met Hawn face-to-face in competition just once, during the prelims of the Texas Relays, and beat her in that race.

The key for putting it all together in that one race in Austin boils down to mechanics, the hurdler said.

“I think for a hurdler, technique is 80 percent of the race,” Johnson said. “Making sure everything is smooth, that the body position is cutting down drag, technique is everything.”

Beckler agreed, saying that in each race, the faster the runners are, the bigger impact technique will have on who hits the tape first.

“The 300 hurdles is one of the most competitive events I’ve seen,” Beckler said. “It’s the race to watch and it will likely go to the toughest person. With Kiana and Victoria ranked 1-2, it will likely go to someone that steps up. You can look at the rankings all day, but it’s how you run that day.”

And with no prelims at the state meet, the runners have just the one race to make it count.

“Most prefer going straight to a finals race with no prelims,” Beckler said. “Most athletes that are well-trained can run their best in one race.

“I train them so hard, they think, ‘It’s not like I need a second chance,’” Beckler said.

“I’m resting them this week then hit them hard next week,” Beckler said of the training schedule last week. “I’ve hammered them pretty hard leading up to regionals.”

Timberview girls head to state

Timberview's Brianna Lawrence is set to compete in the Class 5A triple jump at the state track and field meet this weekend in Austin. Other Lady Wolves competing at state are Kelsey Johnson in the long jump and Briana Adams in the 400m.

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