Timberview trio nets one medal

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Three Timberview girls went to the state track and field meet last weekend in Austin with the hopes and credentials to make a mark for the Lady Wolves.

They came back with a bronze medal amongst the three, but the fact they competed among the state’s best won’t be discounted.

Kelsey Johnson placed third in the Class 5A long jump for Timberview.

Highly seeded 400m specialist Briana Adams finished 9th, and triple jumper Bryanna Lawrence was fifth.

Timberview head girls track coach Cinda Baer said the lofty stage can be as much of a challenge to an athlete as her competitors.

“The hype and adrenalin all played into it,” Baer said of the trio’s results, especially for Adams.

Returning to Austin after being a part of the state champion 4x400m relay last year, Adams should’ve been ready for the pressure of the finals, Baer said.

Adams was in it to win it and went out to hit a 0:53-0:54 quarter mile, but spent too much too soon and turned in a 0:56.64.

“She wants to win it,” Baer said. “And she thought she could win it, so you can’t fault her for being a competitor.

“We talked race strategy for two weeks, but she just got caught up in it all and didn’t stay true to her race and it backfired,” Baer said. “She just got tight in the last curve.”

Running a 0:55.05 at the regional, Baer noted that time would’ve been good enough for a spot on the medal stand at Austin.

For Johnson, though, the third-place medal was still sweet, even though she had expected to better her longest jump of 19’6”.

On her second jump, Johnson logged a 19’4” and would ride that distance to the medal stand.

“It’s nice to get the medal,” Johnson said. “The first jump I was really, really nervous.”

It wasn’t Johnson’s first time to the state meet, but last year it was as an alternate in 4x200m relay.

“But it’s not the same as participating,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that an early hip flexor injury didn’t factor into her finish.

Johnson finished third at the district meet, and the same third-place finish at the area meet had her on the brink of not making the meet at the qualifying regional event.

She had finished third at last year’s regional and just out of the state meet.

But Johnson’s 18’11” jump at regionals put her in second place and earned her the trip to Austin this year.

“Our district and region is one of the toughest,” said Johnson, who added that she’s ready to start training for her senior year and might add some running events to her repertoire.

Lawrence tagged a 40’9” triple jump distance earlier in the season and was hoping to best that PR. Her state distance of 39’9.25” put her in the fifth place spot and out of the medals.

“I just want to go further,” Lawrence had said as to why she decided to transition to the triple jump from just long-jumping. “You have to have a lot of coordination to compete in the triple jump. You don’t want to go too high or off balance.”

In the triple jump this season, Lawrence was near the top in most every meet. She finished second at district, first at area and second at the regionals.

All the experiences for the Timberview won’t be too disappointing after the dust settles.

“It was a great season with great kids,” Baer said. “Just getting there to Austin is quite an accomplishment.”

Track meet notes

Other results from Mansfield ISD competitors at the state meet included:

•  Legacy’s Victoria Johnson took the silver medal in the 100m hurdles and third in the 300m hurdles, while fellow Lady Bronco Brianna Stone took seventh in the 400m dash. Legacy’s Garrett Moore was fifth in the 300m hurdles.

•  The Mansfield boys 4.200m relay finished 6th (Lamarques Woodard, Emmanuel Esukpa, Lance Evans and Julius Lewis).

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