If you’re going to compete at the UIL state track meet, you might as well run your best time.
Keller’s Meghan Lloyd did just that in the Class 6A 3200m run at the state meet in Austin last Friday.
Lloyd ran a personal best 10:38, which was good for sixth place. Her previous best time was 10:42.
“It was raining and there were puddles on the track,” Lloyd said of the conditions. “I had hoped to be able to run in the 10:30s.”
The rain was certainly not a surprise condition to contend with, as Lloyd said her morning workouts allowed for some dry hours to train in before dealing with the wet, as well.
If the rain wasn’t enough of a hindrance, Lloyd had also been fighting a cold all week.
Lloyd was the district champion in the event and finished second in both the area and regional meets. She had also run the mile in the regional meet but failed to qualify.
“The longer distances are really more my strength,” she said.
That assessment has plenty of substantiation in regard to Lloyd’s short running career.
“I wasn’t very good in my freshman year,” Lloyd said, noting that she had started out running sprints after not making the soccer team. “I wasn’t much better in my sophomore year,” she admitted, as she began being shifted to longer distances. “By my junior year I was starting to do better. My sticking with it into my senior year has made it all worth it and helped a lot.”
Lloyd said she finished last in the JV 400m in her freshman year and the next year started running cross country.
Cross country seasons saw Lloyd able to trim about a minute off her times each year. This year, she finished 12th at the state cross country meet.
That progress led to Lloyd to run on the track where she will compete next year as a Texas Longhorn. Lloyd said she will likely be asked to focus on the distances such as the 5k and 10k.
“The longer distance, the better,” Lloyd said.
After running a half marathon this year, Lloyd said she’s hooked on the distance events.
The only shorter distances Lloyd now runs is in her training. She said the team was focused on running 200s for finishing in the week prior to the state meet.
“Part of what I like about running is that it’s something where the results are shown by what you put into it,” she said. “The goals are what you’ve worked so hard for. What you put in is what you get out.
“And the people are good, too,” she said. “I love the running community.”
Now, though, Lloyd will reflect on her season and is excited about getting to UT and continue her running career.
“It’s a surprise for me,” she said. “I never expected to get into my dream college with running. I never thought it could happen, but I wanted it to happen. It’s been a good surprise.”