Local Hogs run wild
Two local recent graduates who are soon to be competing at Arkansas have recently had outings which produced personal bests.
Former Northwest pole vaulter Desiree Freier finished second at the IAAF Junior World Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
On her 18th birthday, Freier cleared 14-5.25 on her second attempt, which set an American Junior record.
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Russia's Alena Lutkovskaya cleared 14-7.25 inches to beat Freier by two inches. Freier, whose birthday was Thursday, missed on her three attempts at the winning height.
“When you’re in a meet, you just have to do your very best,” Freier said in a USATF press release. “Even when you're tired, push on. It's like that old saying my grandpa used to tell me, ‘If you want it, you fight for it and take it.’”
Freier’s goals were set higher than the height she cleared.
“I didn't know I was going to do as well as I did. My goal was to jump 14-9, but I still broke the outdoor record again, getting an American Junior Record,” she said.
In the release, she was asked how she celebrated her birthday. “I went to sleep.”
Fellow Razorback-to-be and Keller graduate Austin Dalquist hit his personal best one-mile time on a big stage.
The two-event state champion ran the Adidas Dream Mile in New York City recently. Only the top 14 milers in the nation are invited to the event which was run during a Diamond League professional meet at Icahn Stadium. The event annually draws top athletes from around the world.
Dalquist finished seventh, running a 4:05 full mile, which is a 4:03 1600m, he said. “I PR’d by a lot and had an awesome race,” he said. “My time put me as fourth best in Texas history for the 1600.”
Trophy Club swim team collects more trophies
The Trophy Club Tritons TAAF summer league team is well-poised for the association’s state meet after winning the Region IV Championship last week at the Keller ISD Natatorium. “Our region has grown to 19 teams and just shy of 2000 swimmers,” said coach Steve Melbourn. “We had about 160 race at the meet and qualified 116 to the State Games of Texas at Bryan-College Station.”
When the water settled at the regional meet, the Tritons have 162 individual events and 58 relays ready to take into Bryan from July 31 - August 2. The meet was originally scheduled to be at the Texas A&M Natatorium but due to construction issues it will be held outside by Bryan High School.
“I’m really excited about the state team we have assembled for this meet,” Melbourn said. “We have some really good depth in a lot of age groups. Heat will no doubt be a factor, as this meet will be outdoors with no provided shade. We have always trained in an outdoor pool so the heat has never bothered us anyway.”
Keller Speed Track Club sends athletes to state meets
The Keller Speed Track Club (KSTC) sent five athletes to a recent state meet and have eight girls competing in an upcoming state competition.
Athletes who qualified for the USATF Region 12 Championship track meet held July 9-12 in San Marcos came away with seven second-place finishes, a third place and a fifth place. The girls and their events were: Nissih Nanivazo, 8U 800m and 1500m run; Tayja Hebert, 12U girls mini javelin and 1500m race walk event; LaKeilah Gardner, 12U girls shot put; Brianna Mponzi, 14U girls 200m hurdles and 400m; and Isabel Van Camp, 14U girls 800m and 1500m run.
KSTC also advances eight girls to compete in the TAAF State Games to be held July 31-Aug. 3 in College Station, Texas. These athletes qualified at the TAAF Region 4 Championship track meet held at The Colony, where KSTC athletes had three first-place finishers, two second-places, six fifth-placers and two sixth-place finishes.
The athletes who qualified to compete in the TAAF State Games of Texas are: Nanivazo, 400m and 800m; Skylar Brazzell, 8U 400m; Bryce Brazzell, 10U 100m and 200m; Jayden Wagner, 12U 100m hurdles, 400m, and 4x400m relay; Gardner, 12U shot put and 4x400m relay; Mponzi, 14U 200m and 400m; Shauntel Frye, 14U 100m, 200m, and 400m and Van Camp, 14U 800m.
The KSTC is a competitive track and field team for girls ages 8-18, designed to teach the fundamentals of track and field and to develop health and fitness. The Head coach is Martina Miller and is assisted by Andre Davis and Shundrekia Stewart.
- Randy Sachs