The University Interscholastic League’s State Track & Field Meet is this weekend, and both Kilgore High School and West Rusk High School will have athletes there – and so will one of the smallest schools in East Texas.

Nathan Pierson of Leverett’s Chapel, a junior for the Lions, will compete in both the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles at in UIL Class 1A on Saturday on the state’s biggest track and field stage, at the University of Texas in Austin, at Mike Myers Stadium.

Pierson finished second in both hurdles events at the regional meet.

Kilgore High’s Matthew Tyeskie and Jermaine Roney will both compete at the state level, as well, as discussed in the News Herald a few times last week.

Tyeskie will run in both the 4A boys 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles, and Roney will run in the boys 200 meter dash. All three of those events are on Thursday.

The 110 meter hurdles for Tyeskie are at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, according to the schedule on the UIL’s state track meet website; he will run in the 300 meter hurdles at 7:10 p.m. Of course, track meets can run ahead or behind schedule.

Roney’s run in the boys 4A 200 meter dash is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The 1A events are scheduled for Saturday, and Pierson is slated to run the 110 meter hurdles at 5:45 p.m., and the 300 meter hurdles at 7:10 p.m.

For more on the West Rusk athletes headed to the state track meet, see our story today on page 9.

See how all Kilgore-area athletes did Saturday evening online at kilgorenewsherald.com, in our online sports section, in our wrap-up of the state track meet, or watch the online streaming coverage of the event on the NFHS Network. A subscription will be needed, for $10.99 a month, and here’s the link: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

For those who plan to go, tickets are $15 for individual sessions, $25 for individual day passes ($25 for Thursday, $25 for Friday, etc.), and can be purchased in advance here: https://offer.fevo.com/uil-track-and-field-state-championships-eddaf3f?fevoUri=uil-track-and-field-state-championships-eddaf3f%2F

Parking passes are $10 on Thursday and can be purchased here: https://utparking.clickandpark.com/.

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Mitch Lucas is the sports editor for the Kilgore News Herald, and has been since June 1, 2002. He and his wife Jenna have three children. He is a deacon at Highland Park Baptist Church.

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