Three track programs have athletes qualified for the 2014 Texas UIL State Track and Field meet Friday and Saturday in Austin.
Athletes attending and times they will compete are listed below:
Logan Miller, Miller Grove, 3,200-meter run, 8:20 a.m. Friday; Justin Goldsmith, Sulphur Bluff, shot put, 8 a.m. Saturday; all other runner events begin Saturday at noon, Nathan George and Miller, Miller Grove, 800-meter run; George, Miller Grove and Dakota Carroll, Saltillo, 1,600-meter run; boys 4x400 relay Miller Grove (Trey Lester, Brennan Green, Logan Miller, Nathan George, alternates are William Clinton and Aaron Smith).
“I think Justin will come out and give it his best shot, he puts a lot of effort into everything he does so I don't think intimidation will be a factor,” said Marshall Moore, Sulphur Bluff track coach. “The field is throwing really well as it looks. Justin will definitely need to be on his A game to compete this weekend. I am very proud of Justin for reaching this stage and accomplishing everything he has up to this point. He is an ideal student athlete that competes in both academics and athletics. I think he is a good example for the youngsters at Sulphur Bluff who want to compete at the highest level in some form or fashion.”
Miller Grove has athletes competing in Austin again on the state stage. The track members are in the same area where they competing for the state basketball title. Several of the athletes are making return trips to the state track meet.
“It is good that they have been there and know what to expect,” said Gary Billingsley, Miller Grove head coach. “I think as a coach it is out of your hands when you get there. The kids can either compete or not. I have high expectations for our athletes and they understand them. But at the same time, this is a time to enjoy and have fun. When the gun goes off it’s all about instinct and trusting your training.”
Billingsley said, “All of the track athletes played in the state basketball tournament. This is a little different because you are racing against others, but if they run the way they are capable, the other runners can’t do anything to you. In basketball, they can directly effect your play.”
Billingsley said George in the 800 has a best time of 1:59 which was fourth last year. Miller has a 2:06 for his best time in the 800. He was ninth last year in the state in the 3,200. His best time is 10:38. The 4x400 relay team has a personal best time of 3:39.
Billingsley added, “For Logan and Nathan this is their second appearance at state. We have had a successful year. We are hoping they can top it off this weekend.”
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