AUSTIN — Justin Northwest pole vaulter Desiree Freier paid close attention Friday when Lakan Taylor of Saginaw Boswell set a girls state record of 13 feet, 8 inches to win the Class 4A UIL title.
Freier and Taylor are teammates on the Elite Sportz Texas Pole Vaulters Club in Haslet, so when Freier’s opportunity came Saturday during the 5A competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium, she made the most of it by clearing 13-9 on her second attempt.
“When I saw Lakan jumped 13-8 yesterday I had to come out, step up my game and jump 13-9 and I did,” Freier said. “I was keeping a good eye on her yesterday because she is one of my teammates. When I heard she broke it, I said, ‘I have to break it tomorrow.’ ”
Not only was Freier competing with Taylor’s record jump, but she had to contend with Waco Midway’s Annie Rhodes, who also cleared 13-6 but failed to match Freier’s record height.
“That was a goal, to set the record this year, and after Lakan set it yesterday, she had something to go for,” Northwest coach Melanie Green said.
Freier cleared 13-6 on her third attempt, 13-9 on her second attempt and nearly cleared 141/2 on her final vault, but just skimmed the bar.
“I was excited after I jumped 13-9, maybe I got a little over-excited and that’s what kind of threw me off at 14,” Freier said.
“I was also really exhausted. I was just wanting breath and water.”
Charlotte Brown of Class 3A Emory Rains received a National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations before Saturday’s evening session .
Although legally blind, Brown is a standout sophomore in academics and athletics. She has 20/400 vision in her right eye, and her left eye can only sense light and dark through a tiny pinhole of vision.
Brown finished eighth in the pole vault Saturday, clearing 10-6. She cleared 11-6 at regionals last month.
Southlake Carroll routinely competes if not wins titles in cross country, and the long-distance events at the state track meet and this year were no difference.
“This program is unbelievable,” Carroll distance runner Kourtney Kriegshauser said. “To have people you can train with on a daily basis and not be an individual is really just a blessing because they keep me motivated and they’re always there for support.”
Kriegshauser, who is headed to Vanderbilt, defended her 1,600-meter state title with a time of 4 minutes, 51.10 seconds, besting her 2012 state championship time of 4:53.43. She stayed with the pack through two laps but raced to a nice lead halfway through the third and never trailed again.
The Carroll boys took silver in both distance events Saturday. Joe Sansone finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 9:03.05 and Trevor Gilley placed second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:07.87.
Sprint relay sweep
Kennedale won both the boys and girls 4x100 relays Saturday en route to a pair of third-place team finishes in the 3A meet.
The boys totaled 32 points, two shy of runner-up West Orange-Stark and way behind team champ Celina. The girls finished with 44 points, eight behind Waco La Vega and 13 behind team champ Frisco Lone Star.
The girls 4x100 team of Toni O’Neal, Hailey Patterson, De’Andrea Powell and Chianne Lowe set a new 3A state meet mark of 46.38 seconds.
The same crew also won silver in the 4x200 with a time of 1:39.99. Lowe picked up a third medal (second silver) in the 100 meters. Her time was 11.94 seconds.
The boys team of Juwan Washington, Leon Powell, Donny Darville and Patrick Lovings didn’t set a new record in the 4x100, but they too won the state title with a time of 41.24 seconds. The 4x200 team claimed bronze with Sterling Dickens stepping in for Darville.
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