It’s not as large a contingent as in recent years past, but three Kilgore-area track and field athletes will make the trek to Austin this weekend to compete on their sport’s biggest stage in the state of Texas.
Kilgore High School’s Calvin Woodside and Cameron Jackson, and Yesenia Avalos of Leverett’s Chapel will all compete Friday or Saturday in the University Interscholastic League’s State Track & Field Championships, contested as usual at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
Jackson has owned both the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash much of the season, and will compete in Class 4A’s version of both on Saturday. Jackson will have to wait on into the day. He won’t hit the track for the 100 until 7:05 p.m., and the 200 until 9:05 p.m.
He won the 100 at regionals at Texas A&M-Commerce in 10.46 seconds, and was second in the 200 in 21.67 seconds. Only Dallas Carter’s Michael Samihamba was faster (21.48).
Kilgore’s last gold medal in track was won by the boys 800 meter track team two seasons ago.
In contrast, Jackson’s teammate Woodside won’t wait long at all. He’ll throw in the 4A boys shot put on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Jackson hopes to follow in the footsteps of several recent Kilgore throwers who have medaled.
Yesenia will be representing LC at the track meet in the Class 1A girls 100 meter hurdles (incorrectly listed as 3A in our regional story, with apologies).
She will run Friday at 6:35 p.m.
Avalos, who has competed on the state level for LC before (in volleyball at the state tournament twice), will try and earn gold as a hurdler. She ran the 100 meter hurdles at regionals in 16.64 seconds, a first-place finish.
The state meet starts Friday morning at 8 a.m. with field events for 1A, 3A and 5A, and with the 3200, or two-mile, run in those classifications. Running events start at 5:30. On Saturday, field events for 2A, 4A and 6A, as well as the 3200, begin at 8 a.m., and running events also start at 5:30 Saturday.
For those who can’t go but would enjoy watching the competition, the NFHS Network will broadcast it online on both days. You’ll need a subscription, but you can find out more online at www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/uil.