Some national records were bettered Saturday on the final day of the UIL state track and field meet at Myers Stadium, though the wind kept the times from actually going into the record books.
Silsbee senior Kalon Barnes, a Baylor football signee, won gold medals Saturday in the Class 4A boys 100- and 200-meter dashes. It is the second consecutive year that Barnes has taken home gold in both events.
Barnes also topped a national record in the 100 when he finished in 10.04 seconds, eclipsing the 10.15 run by Henry Neal of Greenville in 1990. Barnes set the 4A state record in the 100 last year at 10.22 seconds.
On the girls’ side, Dallas Carter senior Sha’Carri Richardson, an LSU signee, also won gold in the 4A 100 and 200 for the second consecutive year. She had a time of 11.12 in the 100, faster than Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones’ national record of 11.14.
The 4A girls 1,600 had two runners from Bandera High competing, with senior Alia Henderson taking home silver in 5:12 and senior Sandy Clarkin finishing fifth in 5:22. Boerne junior Emma Stauber placed third in 5:13.
Henderson and Clarkin also competed in the 800, with Clarkin taking silver in 2:14 and Henderson fourth in 2:20.
Hays senior Dillon Baker placed third in the 6A boys long jump at 23.49 feet , and Pflugerville senior Obdarius Ware placed fifth with a jump of 23.32 feet.
Wimberley sophomore Ashlyn Royal placed third in the 4A girls 800 at 2:16. Also for Wimberley, senior Zorina Weed finished eighth in the 100, senior Craig Huey was ninth in the 800. and the boys 1,600 relay team was seventh.
Pflugerville Weiss freshman Michaela Francois placed third in the 4A girls 100 at 11.79.
Liberty Hill senior Brandon McKissick was fifth in the 4A boys 400 with a 49.25. In the 800, Liberty Hill sophomore Gabriel Diaz placed sixth and senior Alex Albarran was eighth.
Crandall junior Branson Bragg won gold in the 4A boys shot put with a toss of 53.87 feet. Bragg is also a four-star center in football, according to the 247 Sports composite rating, and holds offers from programs all over the country, including UT.
Sundown junior Steve Quintanilla won the 2A 3,200 for the second straight season. Quintanilla, finishing at 9:51.29, barley recaptured the gold as Valley View senior Houston Tipps was right behind him at 9:51.40.
CENTRAL TEXAS HIGHS
A pair of Austin High athletes competed in the 5A high jump Friday. Calvin Williams finished fifth at 6 feet, 4 inches, and Aleu Aleu was seventh at 6-2.
LBJ’s Cameron Kleiman finished fourth in the 5A 3,200 meters with a time of 9:29.75.
Cedar Park freshman Kaitlyn Childress was fourth in the 5A 3,200 meters at 10:53.55 Georgetown’s Jazmin Hernandez was seventh at 11:14.23.
Luling’s Jacquai Gray finished fourth in the 3A high jump with a leap of 6-4.
Elgin’s Shanice Ross was eighth in the 5A discus with a toss of 125 feet. Lago Vista junior Fisher Topo finished eighth in the 3A pole vault at 13-6.
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the most unbreakable records at the state meet continues to be Michael Carter’s Class 5A shot put mark. Competing for Dallas Jefferson in 1979, Carter had a throw of 75 feet, 9 inches. By comparison, this year’s winner, Isaac Huseman of Canyon, tossed the shot 56-3.