Keller Citizen

Nelson’s state medal tally: 1 gold, 2 silvers

The state track and field meet proved to be a good one for the Byron Nelson program, as the Bobcats brought home medals in three separate events.

Nelson high jumpers Brandon Bowen and Sanaa Barnes finished first and second in the boys and girls high jump events respectively, and Leilyn Miles finished second in the girls shot put.

Coach Jason Spoor said it was a good showing for his team and said that things really could not have gone much better for Nelson at the meet.

“I thought we did very well at state,” Spoor said. “We came away with two silver medalists on the girls side, and then Brandon Bowen on the boys side who won the high jump. So, it's hard to get much better than that.”

Spoor said that it also helps that his team was able to accomplish what it did in its first season in the new 6A classification.

“It helps set the tone for us,” Spoor said. “It's something that we hope to be able to continue in the coming years. It was a lot of fun to watch those kids compete at the highest level and go compete and go medal. We're excited about it. We have all three of those kids coming back, and we expect the same thing from all three of them next year.”

Spoor said that the objectives going into the state meet were accomplished in that the team brought home the hardware it did, but said there was still room for improvement.

“We thought that all three of them had the chance to win their events,” Spoor said. “And certainly, all three of them came close. Sanaa Barnes in the high jump was actually tied with the winner, but had one miss at an earlier height, which broke the tie.

“Then Leilyn was actually in first place until the last throw of the shot put, and the the girl from Cypress Creek out-threw her on the last throw. We hadn't had a chance for field events a lot this spring because of the weather, so we were greatly proud of all three of them. They represented our school very well out there. All three of them are great character kids and we're very proud of them.”

Spoor said that he does believe that things are shaping up well for next season.

“We lost a few seniors, but all of our key athletes on both the boys and girls side are back,” Spoor said. “We're excited about next year. We're getting a lot of freshmen coming in, and we feel like we'll be a little stronger in district and area, and have even more kids get to regionals.”

Spoor said that he hopes his players take away a couple of things from this season.

“I just hope that they enjoyed competing in track,” Spoor said. “Just that they get out there and enjoy competing on the biggest high school stage in Texas, and that it fuels them to get out there and work hard and reset new goals and come back strong next year.”