AUSTIN — Gold will be the standard for a host of East Texas track and field athletes over the next two days at the UIL state meet.
The Pineywoods presents one of their better ensembles of gold medal hopefuls in recent years to Austin, with defending state champions Austin Cook of Overton, Daven Murphee of Harmony and John Tyler’s Andre Jefferson, the national indoor long jump champion, leading the way.
Class 1A Division I and Class 4A will crown champions today, with the remainder of divisions wrapping up on Saturday. Field events takes place on both days, with the bulk of 1A, 2A and 4A set for today and all 3A and 5A action reserved for Saturday.
All competition takes place at Mike A. Myers Stadium, located on the sprawling University of Texas at Austin campus.
Cook and Murphee made it to Austin a third straight year. Along with defending his discus title, Cook competes in the shot put. Murphee, who won a national indoor title in the pole vault and ranks first nationally in the event, goes for a third straight gold medal in his signature event, the pole vault.
Jefferson brings the top qualifying mark, and nation’s second-best leap, into his final high school meet.
Other event leaders include Arp’s boys’ 4x200-meter relay, Chapel Hill’s Gabriel Robinson (high jump), Leverett’s Chapel’s Rondrick Grant (400), Spring Hill’s Morgan Knight (discus), Whitheouse’s Fulani Petties (high jump) and White Oak’s Madison Pecot (pole vault).
Robert E. Lee pole vaulter Jay Roberson represents the area in Class 5A.
The 4A field features Lindale sophomore high jumper Travicia Acy, who enters the event second behind only Petties, whom she bested at district. Acy reached state as a freshman last year in 3A.
Spring Hill and Chapel Hill headline the 3A field with three qualifiers each. Spring Hill’s Casey Rice and Lindsey Sechrist both reached state in the long jump while Knight also extended her season in the shot put.
Chapel Hill’s Jeffrey Minor joins teammate Robinson in the high jump while Kevone Kennedy represents the Bulldogs in the discus.
The Arp boys (Class 2A) and Grapeland girls (1A Division I) hold strong hopes of winning team titles. Arp qualified all three relays, along with Mike Potts in the long jump for a potential 70 points.
Grapeland goes into the state meet with seven entries, and the potential for 90 points. Four-event qualifier Jayde Westbrook (4x100, 4x200, 100 hurdles, triple jump) factors heavily into Grapeland’s chances, as does three-event qualifiers Shaterrika Campbell (4x100, 4x200, long jump) and Rosalind McCoy (4x100, 4x200, 100).
UIL State Track and Field Championships
May 10-11, Austin
Alto — Boys 4x100, David Berryman (300 hurdles)
Big Sandy — Marcus Allen (1600, 3200)
Cross Roads — Natalee Alexander (high jump)
Fruitvale — Stephen Holland (300 hurdles), Hannah Sheppard (high jump)
Grapeland — Girls 4x100, Girls 4x200, Shaterrika Campbell (long jump), Cymond Davis (shot put) Rosalind McCoy (100), Jayde Westbrook (100 hurdles, triple jump)
Leverett’s Chapel — Cristal Chavez (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Rondrick Grant (200, 400), Jessie Harris (shot put)
Overton — Austin Cook (discus, shot put), Abby Mackey (discus, long jump), Trealan Thompson (triple jump)
Union Hill — Kelsi Colbert (discus)
Arp — Boys 4x100, Boys 4x200, Boys 4x400 Mikechell Potts (long jump)
Edgewood — Micaela Brown (high jump), Paige Parker (300 hurdles)
Elkhart — Anna Clark (3200), Paige Fillmore (300 hurdles)
Grand Saline — Trent Phelps (1600)
Harmony — Daven Murphee (pole vault)
Hawkins — Hunter Fair (1600, 3200)
Sabine – Allissa McClain (800, 1600), Haley Stuart (triple jump), Christina Tom (100 hurdles)
Troup — Michael Davis (shot put)
White Oak — Girls 4x400, Jason Heim (shot put), Riley Lakin (pole vault), Madison Pecot (pole vault), Whitney Simmons (discus)
Winona — Colton Chadbourne (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Jamece Gulley (triple jump)
Winnsboro — Ryan Gearner (discus), Kellan Jones (discus)
Bullard — Haden Bryant (110 hurdles)
Chapel Hill —Kevone Kennedy (discus), Jeffery Minor (high jump), Gabriel Robinson (high jump)
Gilmer — Nick Smith (300 hurdles)
Henderson — Girls 4x200, Gabe Mereulo (pole vault), Tevin Vanzant (400)
Kilgore —Tonyecia Burks (400, triple jump), Ladarrin Anthony (shot put)
Palestine – Mason Munoz (800, 1600)
Rains – Charlotte Brown (pole vault), Russell Grant (triple jump)
Spring Hill —Mogan Knight (discus, shot put), Casey Rice (pole vault), Lindsey Sechrist (pole vault)
Wills Point — Holly Cunigan (shot put)
John Tyler — Girls 4x200, Andre Jefferson (long jump)
Lindale —Travicia Acy (high jump)
Pine Tree — Brittany Conway (pole vault)
Whitehouse — Troy Hayden (1600, 3200), Fulani Petties (high jump)
Lee — Jay Roberson (pole vault)
Longview — Boys 4x100, Cedric King (long jump)
8 a.m. – 3200-meter runs (1A DII, 1A DI, 2A, 4A)
6 p.m. – Running Events (1A DII, 4A)
8 a.m. – 3200-meter runs (3A, 5A)
Noon – Running Events (1A DI, 2A)
6 p.m. – Running Events (3A, 5A)
*-All Class 1A (Division I & Division 2), 2A and 4A field events will be held Friday, with the exception of the 1A Division I boys and girls triple jumps and 2A boys pole vault and shot put. All field events for Class 3A and Class 5A will be held Saturday. For a detailed schedule of field events, visit http://www.uiltexas.org/files/athletics/2013_TF_State_Schedule4.pdf