AUSTIN — Darien Tennon felt his chance of winning a UIL state track title slipping through his fingers Friday night after finishing fourth in both the 100 meter sprint and the 110 hurdles, but he still had one event remaining.
As the Fort Worth Trimble Tech Bulldog settled in the blocks before the 300 hurdles he had two goals flash in his mind: win the state title and finish one spot higher than his coach, Clayton Brookins, had in the same event in 1994.
“I expected to get a medal by the ending, but I hadn’t so I had to get at least one,” Tennon said. “Plus my coach got second in this race (300 hurdles) so I didn’t want to do the same thing he did.”
Tennon jumped out to a comfortable lead but in the final straight away Fort Bend Marshall’s Kendall Sheffield closed the gap and appeared to catch him. Tennon stumbled at the finish line on the slick track at Mike A. Myers Stadium, but lunged forward face-first and edged Sheffield by less than a tenth of a second.
“I fell, but I launched forward,” said Tennon, who won gold with a time of 37.45. “I didn’t feel nothing at first but after the last hurdle I felt somebody by me, so I just dove for it and it was enough.”
After descending the awards podium and posing for photos, Tennon reflected on his day at state and looked forward to a bright future after accepting a track scholarship just a day earlier.
“I’m dissapointed I didn’t get two medals but hey, at least I got a gold,” Tennon said. “I’m going to Texas Tech next year, I told them yesterday.”
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760
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