Aledo senior wins Class 4A boys state high jump

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Carl Williams was worried.

His 6-foot, 8-inch leap earned the Aledo senior a spot in this week’s high jump event at the UIL Class 4A state track meet. But it was only tied for the fourth-best jump out of the nine qualifiers, with the top mark coming from Friendswood’s Garrett Cragin at seven feet — two inches above Williams’ personal best.

But on Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium, it was Williams who cleared 7 feet, two inches better than his previous personal best and good enough for gold.

“I can’t do this,” Williams told himself before soaring above 7 feet. “I’ve never tried this before. My [personal record] is 6-10. There’s no way I can make this.”

Although he had dislocated his knee just minutes earlier, Williams did make it. The injury occurred after clearing 6-8, but he went to to clear 6-10 and the winning height.

“It was hurting for like 10 minutes,” Williams recalled. “I just had to jog it off and toughen up.”

Fortunately for Williams, he had his Cheetos socks.

“I love Cheetos,” Williams said. “I got the socks about a month ago. I wore them that following meet and set my [personal record] in these socks. I just kept wearing them and it got me this far.”

Silver for Newsome

In Aledo sprinter Ryan Newsome’s mind, the 100-meter dash was a two-man race.

Last year, Newsome finished in eighth place in this event with a time of 10.83 seconds — three-hundredths of a second ahead of Mount Pleasant’s K.D. Cannon. This year, it was Cannon who finished ahead of Newsome, posting a winning time of 10.32 seconds while Newsome finished in second with a time of 10.51 seconds.

“I got him last year. I guess it was payback this year,” Newsome said. “I was pretty confident that I’d come in here and get it done, but that didn’t happen. At the same time, I’m blessed to get a medal.”

Newsome came into the race with a goal of finishing the race in less than 10.3 seconds — something he had only ever done in practice. Instead, Newsome, who qualified with a time of 10.38 seconds, was unable to break 10.5.

“I was shooting for 10.29,” Newsome said. “[Cannon]’s top-end speed has definitely improved since last year. He kind of blew away the competition. I told him if he runs in college, though, I’m gonna get him.”

Blind vaulter amazes

Charlotte Brown of Class 3A Emory Rains used her seeing-eye dog to navigate the track. An electronic beeper with a high-pitched signal told her when it was time to jump.

About 90 minutes later, the blind pole vaulter had cleared three heights, soaring 11 feet to earn a tie for fourth place in the girls pole vault. The junior, who finished eighth a year ago, received a standing ovation for the effort.

“The main goal is to win,” Brown said. “Today wasn’t my best day jumping. … I moved up four places. Hopefully, I can move up four places next year and win it.”

Briefly

• Aledo sisters Danielle and Brittney Trought competed against each other in the 100 hurdles. Brittney finished sixth with a time of 14.59 seconds while Danielle, who finished fourth in the same event last year, came in eighth with a time of 14.92 seconds.

• Arlington Seguin’s Tonea Marshall ran that same 100 hurdles race in 14.07 seconds. That was good for second place, making her one of three area athletes to register a top-two finish Friday.

• Crowley had two boys relays competing, with the 4x100 relay finishing ninth and the 4x200 relay that finished sixth.

This report contains material from The Associated Press.

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