Lockhart senior Robert Uhr is proud of the silver medal he earned at the state track and field meet last May. He will get one more chance to turn that medal into gold.
Rouse freshman Madie Boreman won a pair of distance races on Friday and Saturday, helping the Raiders earn their first regional team championship.
Cedar Park’s Shelby Leppin and Chris Mulverhill left Heroes Stadium on Saturday with gold and silver medals draped around their necks.
Those were a few of the story lines generated at the Region IV track and field meet Friday and Saturday, the precursor to the state’s main event in two weeks.
Uhr, a University of Texas signee, is due to upgrade his growing collection of silver medals. After earning silver in the 800 meters at last year’s UIL state meet in Austin, he finished second in the Class 4A state cross country meet in the fall.
“I really like the color silver, but it’s time to change the medals to gold,” Uhr said after winning the 800 meters at the regional meet.
Uhr’s final high school meet will be at Myers Stadium, his track and field home for the next four years.
He said his experience paid off in Saturday’s close victory over Kaleb Vasquez of San Antonio Brackenridge. He said his competitors began the race “much too fast,” and “I knew they couldn’t continue at the same pace.”
Content running in the back of the pack, he roared from behind in the final 200 meters to win in 1 minute, 56.39 seconds, a step ahead of Vasquez, who finished at 1:57.08.
No athlete was more impressive at regionals than Rouse’s Boreman, who followed up Friday’s gold medal-winning performance in the 3,200 meters by winning a close battle in the 1,600 on Saturday. Boreman won the race in 5:02.21, edging Edcouch-Elsa’s Krysta Martinez, who crossed the line in 5:02.49.
Among the most intriguing groups to earn tickets to the state meet is Leander’s 800-meter relay team of Leo Quintana, Caleb Woodward, Mikael Dawkins and Tevin Smith — teammates for Lions football last fall. They finished second to Corpus Christi Flour Bluff. Smith also qualified in the 200.
Woodward, one the area’s most productive quarterbacks last season, has already spoken to incoming Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury about his role with the Red Raiders.
“I’ll be at safety,” said Woodward, who also expects to contribute on special teams at Tech this fall.
LBJ senior Macahla Wesley will make a return trip to state after winning the 200 meters Saturday in 24.34 seconds, edging Cedar Park’s Leppin at the finish line.
Leppin, though, complemented her silver medal by winning the 100 meters in 12.14 seconds, easily defeating runner-up Deanna Richardson of San Antonio Brennan, who finished at 12.39.
Cedar Park’s Mulverhill, who won the steeplechase at the Texas Relays on April 2, captured gold Saturday in the 1,600 meters. He qualified for two state events because he finished second in the 3,200 meters Friday.
Also among the Central Texans who qualified for state on Saturday are Dana Broadnax of LBJ in the 400 meters, Sarah Lewis of Marble Falls in the 300 hurdles, Cody Schultz of Marble Falls in the 400 meters, the LBJ girls 400-meter relay team and the Rouse girls 1,600-meter relay team.