THREE MEDALS FOR ROGERS SENIOR
Rogers senior Lauren Bedrich was a split second short of winning three gold medals on the final day of the UIL Track and Field Meet Saturday at Myers Stadium.
The Texas A&M signee was arguably the meet’s most outstanding athlete, winning a pair of golds — in the 100 meters and 300 hurdles —while setting state records in both. The anchor of the 1,600-meter relay team, she watched San Antonio Cole win the event — but just barely.
Cole won in 3:59.66, barely ahead of Rogers’ 3:59.78.
FEDERATION HONORS BLIND VAULTER
Emory Rains pole vaulter Charlotte Brown, who competed at the state meet, was honored by National Federation of State High School Associations Saturday at Myers Stadium.
Legally blind, Brown was presented with the Section 6 National High School Spirit of Sport Award. Flanked by family, friends and teammates in an infield ceremony, Brown has 20/400 vision in her right eye, and her left eye can only sense light and dark through a pinhole of vision.
“Life is full of challenges; some are just bigger than others,” the 5-7 sophomore said. “I don’t believe anything, even vision impairment, should stop you from doing something you love or enjoy. Being legally blind can be a little inconvenient at times but it’s those challenges that will make you strong.”
Brown qualified for state with a vault of 11 feet, 6 inches in regionals. She finished eighth on Saturday in the Class 3A event at 10-6.
A STORM OF MEDALISTS
Fans who did not wait through the 3-hour rain and lightning delay Friday night missed some super performances by Central Texas athletes.
Rouse freshman Madie Boreman came from behind to strike gold in the Class 4A 1,600 meters, setting a conference record at 4:48.16. Hereford’s Betzy Jimenez (4:54.16) set the previous record in 2006.
Boreman’s victory came roughly 10 hours after she earned a silver medal in the 3,200 meters.
Lockhart senior Robert Uhr capped his high school career by winning the 4A 800 meters. The University of Texas signee crossed in 1:54.61, edging Michael Johnson of San Elizario, who finished at 1:54.95.
Central Texas competitors who earned bronze medals late Friday are Georgetown discus thrower J.W. Barnes, Elgin 300 hurdler J.W. Smith, Hutto 400 meter runner Anthony Johnson and Cedar Park 100 meter runner Shelby Leppin.
Among the Central Texas parade of medalists are Luling 3,200 meter runner Carley Glass (gold), Cameron Yoe shot putter Kausion Wells (gold), Salado shot putter Rachel Hildebrand (silver), Liberty Hill triple jumper Jadon Durity (silver), Lampasas high jumper Shonderius Howard (silver), and Salado discus thrower Ryan Simmons (silver).