Local athletes came away with several medals and solid performances at the UIL state track and field meet in Austin last week, including the crowning of two state champions.
Summit’s Ivy Walker finally added a state title to her long resume of accomplishments, as the junior took the gold in the Class 5A long jump on Friday.
Mansfield’s Julius Lewis also brought home the gold in the Class 6A boys long jump competition, jumping a personal-best 25-0.5 on his fourth attempt.
Walker jumped 19-1.25 on her first attempt. She couldn’t better that mark after three fouls but it stood as the day’s best jump.
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Her personal best long jump is 19-9.
The falling rain wasn’t a major problem for Walker, but she was concerned about slipping on the board on takeoff.
Walker also competed in the triple jump and 100m hurdles.
The triple jump was her first event on Thursday but she had a bad night jumping, said Summit girls coach Shannon Utley.
“I guess I was just not in the right mindset,” Walker said of the triple jump. “It’s just sad that it happened at state, but it’s part of the journey and you learn from it. I just needed to redeem myself the next day.”
Before she competed in the long jump on Friday, Walker said Utley asked her if the triple jump and the day before was behind her.
“She told me, ‘you can do this,’” Walker said of Utley’s encouragement. “I was just praying and asking God for strength for what was ahead of me.”
Having her better distances canceled out by fouls, Walker emphasized she just needed to work on consistency.
Walker also finished fourth in the 100m hurdles after clipping the fifth hurdle. She qualified for the state meet in her first year competing in the hurdles.
“I had a strong start,” Walker said. “Everything just shifted and [hitting the hurdle] made my body jerk backward.
“I matched my personal best and came in fourth,” Walker said. “Imagine what I could do if I didn’t hit the hurdle?”
Walker is thankful she didn’t have to end her high school career with the “what if” looming over her and looks forward to next season.
Fellow Summit hurdler Xariah Williams was able to pick up sixth in the 300m.
Medric Roberson took silver in the 110m hurdles and then collected sixth in the 300m hurdles for Summit, while Lester Larenz was a third-place finisher in the long jump for the Jaguars.
With all the placers from Summit, the boys finished 14th as a team while the girls were a surprising 18th.
Legacy also had strong showings at the meet.
Garrett Moore took second place in the 300m hurdles for the Broncos. Legacy picked up points in the 4x100m relay, as the quartet of Jermaine Brealy, Trent McDonald, David Seastrunk and Michael McGee finished fourth.
The Broncos also picked up points with a fifth-place finish in the 4x200m relay. That team included Moore, Gentry Ivery, Seastrunk and McGee.
Legacy’s Ja’Leesa Giles finished third in the 200m dash and also took a fourth-place finish in the 100m.
With the two relays and Moore’s silver, Legacy’s boys had plenty to celebrate, as they finished in a four-way tie for fourth as a team. They scored 20 points, along with Red Oak, McKinney North and Frisco Independence.
Legacy track coach Trey Bates said going into the meet, the team had its sights set on at least a third-place finish.
“Overall, it was a good season,” Bates said. “I’m really proud of these guys and the way they worked all year to make it to Austin.”
Lake Ridge triple jumper/high jumper Jimmy Enobaber, a junior, had the second-best qualifying distance in 5A but finished third, while Jordan Taylor was sixth in the triple jump for Lake Ridge.
The boys 5A meet may have been witness to one of the strongest track and field teams in state history. Fort Bend Marshall compiled 90 team points, the most-ever in the state meet. Lancaster was second with 54.