With the regional meets complete, the Mansfield ISD schools have a strong contingent qualifying for the state track meet.
The 5A meet will be May 14-15, while the 6A classification will take place on May 15-16. Both classifications will compete at the Mike Myers Track Complex on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
In 5A, Summit will be led by Ivy Walker, who qualified in three events.
As a team, Summit finished behind champion Lancaster.
Walker will compete in the long jump, triple jump and 100m hurdles.
The state meet won’t be anything new to Walker, who qualified in the triple jump and as part of the Summit 4x100-meter relay last year.
The junior noted she was surprised this year’s version of the 4x100 relay didn’t make the cut for advancing.
Walker is the top qualifier in the long jump and third in both the triple and hurdles event.
“Rankings don’t matter,” Walker said. “I just need to perform how I know how to compete.”
This is the first year Walker has run the hurdles and she admits to falling in love with the event.
At 5-3, Walker isn’t intimidated by taller competitors with longer legs and strides.
Walker has also developed a strong connection with the track and field events overall.
“I love the high level of competition,” Walker said. “Track may be my ticket to college, but academics is the big thing.”
The state meet will be the perfect stage for Walker to continue to show her talent, knowing many collegiate coaches will be in attendance.
Those scouts will also see the likes of Lake Ridge triple jumper Jimmy Enobaber, a junior, who has the second-best qualifying distance in 5A. Lake Ridge high jumper Jordan Taylor will also be at the state meet.
Summit will also send Medric Roberson, who won the Region II boys 110m hurdles and also qualified in the 300m hurdles. Xariah Williams is another 300m hurdler competing at state on the girls side, while Lester Larenz will compete in the long jump.
Legacy’s Ja’Leesa Giles qualified in the 100m and 200m events.
The Broncos also have two boys’ relays running for a medal.
The 4x100m team of Jermaine Brealy, Trent McDonald, David Seastrunk and Michael McGee will be in the field.
The 4x200m Legacy relay also qualified, including Garrett Moore, Gentry Ivery, Seastrunk and McGee.
Summer sports camps still open for registration
All five Mansfield ISD high schools are sponsoring summer sports camps. The camps include instruction in most sports and the first camps will open on June 9.
For a full listing of camps and information, visit: http://www.mansfieldisd.org/uploaded/main/departments/athletics/assets/summercamps.pdf
Dancers are athletes, too
The Legacy Silver Spurs’ professional instructors will offer kids a variety of dance offerings this summer as well.
Kids having completed kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to participate in the camp from June 15-18, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. each day. Cost is $75 and includes a camp T-shirt.
For registration and more information, visit www.legacysilverspurs.com or contact Brooke Parlin at Legacy.