Everett Wilder and Deanna Garrett will be chasing gold medals in Austin at the state track meet.
Above, two-time state veteran for Sulphur Bluff, Wilder runs through for a silver medal in the 3,200-meter run at the Region III-1A track meet recently in Palestine. Wilder's 3,200-meter event at state is set for 9:40 a.m. on Friday. On Saturday, at 2:55 p.m. will be the Boys 1,600-meter running event—Wilder’s final event for the state track meet in Austin.
“Since I’m missing graduation, UIL will be having a special graduation ceremony for those of us (seniors), who will be missing our own graduations. It will be at the Mike A. Myers stadium on the UT campus,” stated Wilder in a school interview. The UIL is providing this opportunity to athletes as a consolation for the time conflicts the rescheduled state track meet may have caused graduating seniors and as an honor for their accomplishments.
"His training has been going well, we've paid careful attention not to overtrain and burnout late in the season," said Sulphur Bluff athletic director and coach Charles Wright. "The three extra weeks adds a little more stress physically and psychologically, especially for a distance runner, but Lord willing he is ready to go. As far as his speech goes, he is finalizing the video today and hopefully everything will be prepared and will go well for Friday night at graduation."
Third time will hopefully be a charm for Como-Pickton Lady Eagles state veteran pole vaulter Garrett. Garrett is shown receiving her silver medal at the Region II-2A track meet in Stephenville with a vault of 10-6. George Rodriguez, Director of the Elite Vaulter Sports Complex in Fort Worth and Garrett’s private coach said, “She is vaulting one and half feet higher, is stronger and faster. She is as prepared as she can be. I don’t think she has jumped as high as she can—that will come at state.”
Garrett is slated to compete in the pole vault event at noon on Friday, June 5 in Austin and then hopes to make it back in time to speak at the Como-Pickton graduation ceremony that evening at the Hopkins County Civic Center at 7:30 p.m.
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