The area was well represented at the 2013 UIL State Track and Field meet held May 10-11 at the University of Texas in Austin.
Rain may have delayed some of the first day of action on Friday, but it certainly didn’t put a damper on the athletes’ performances. Howe’s Ryan Haines posted a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, skimming over the jumps in 14:73 to earn the podium position. Haines just missed his personal best time of 14:71, which he set at the Area meet in Pottsboro on April 18.
“The start was probably my best of the year but I think I clipped the number 7 hurdle, and that slowed me down just a little.” Haines said of his podium performance.
Morgan Bailey, another Howe senior hurdler, just missed a medal as she finished fourth in the 300-meter event. Bailey, who earned a wild-card entry to the state finals, ran a 45:27 in the event, lowering her regional time of 45:83.
Lauren Bedrich of Rogers won the event in a time of 41:86.
Conditions certainly were not the best on Friday as the Girls’ Class 2A high jump was contested.
Van Alstyne’s Sierra Motley jumped 5’1” with two misses to finish ninth in the field. Motley had jumped 5’4” at the regional meet to finish second and earn her trip to State.
Evan McQuirk, who also earned a wild-card spot in the state field, bettered his district winning performance in the 1600 meters by more than 10 seconds on the Mike A Myers track. That effort earned McQuirk a seventh place finish as Quinlan McGregor of Amarillo Highland Park ran a 4:18.90 to win the event.
For all our area qualifiers, congratulations on competing in the state’s final meet of the year, a notable achievement.