Summit athletes do well at state track meet

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Briona Oliver’s best performance of the season would’ve been far enough to win her a 4A girls state title in the long jump.

The Summit junior, though, didn’t have one of her better days Friday at the UIL state track and field meet in Austin. But even an off-day was good enough to net Oliver a fourth-place finish in her time at state. She wasn’t the only Summit athlete to place at the meet. Senior Tobi Fawehinmi finished second in the boys triple jump.

“I really didn’t feel like I did that well,” said Oliver, who jumped 18 feet on her final attempt. Her best jump this season was 19-06. “I was a little nervous and it threw my rhythm off.”

Shannon Utley, Summit jump coach and girls head track coach, agreed that nerves affected Oliver, but the coach prefers to focus on how Oliver fared on her last attempt. The 18-00 was nine inches farther than her next best jump that day.

“She came back and finished with a good jump,” Utley said. “We’re really proud of her for how she finished.”

Nerves won’t be a problem when she gets to state next year, Oliver said. “I guess I’m proud of finishing fourth,” she said. “I should be much better next year.”

Fawehinmi and David Brefo won’t be back next season, but the Summit seniors, who both competed in triple jump, enjoyed their lone trip to state. Fawehinmi, a member of U.S. Paralympic National Team, jumped a personal-record 47-04. It wasn’t enough to overtake Jakobi Jones of Beaumont Ozen, who finished first with a jump of 48-03.

“I was very happy I even made it,” said Fawehinmi, who won the event at regionals. “Just to stand on the podium was amazing.”

His experience was enhanced by being able to compete alongside Brefo. The close friends finished 1-2 in the triple jump at the regional meet to earn a berth in state. It’s something the pair talked about late last year when they were competing in indoor track events.

“It was something I prayed for,” Brefo said. “For it to happen was great. It was a neat experience. I had never expected anything like this.”

Brefo, who was also a wide receiver on the football team, broke his hand in pre-game warm-ups in the fourth game of the season last fall. The injury ended his high school football career but gave him more time to work on his technique in track events, Brefo said.

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said.

The extra practice time paid off. Brefo, who did not advance to regionals last spring, improved dramatically as a senior, Fawehinmi said. “I’m very proud of him,” Fawehinmi said.

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