AUSTIN – Como-Pickton’s Deanna Garrett jumped just as high as everyone else in the Class 2A pole vault Friday at the UIL State Track and Field Championships.
But, the Lady Eagle senior didn’t come away from Mike A. Myers Stadium with a medal.
Garrett was one of five girls in the competition to clear 11 feet, 6 inches, but she missed out on a medal because she had more misses on lower heights. All five girls failed to clear 12-0 on their three individual attempts, with Garrett finishing fifth.
Garrett, who was fifth last year at state with a vault of 10-0, was visibly upset that she didn’t go higher. She cleared both 11-0 and 11-6 on her third attempts. Then, on her first attempt at 12-0, she brushed the bar on the way down and knocked it off the standards.
“My best jump was my first attempt at 12-foot, but it just wasn’t there,” she said. “I wanted to get 12-0 or 12-6. I could have vaulted better, because I usually get everything on my first attempt, and today it just wasn’t there.”
Shelbie Zotyka of Wallis Brazos was declared the winner on the basis of fewest misses. Before missing at 12-0, Zotyka made the three previous heights on her first attempts. Finishing second was Sarah Korn of Navarro, while Crane’s Summer Sutherland was third.
Garrett passed on the first two heights, 9-0 and 9-6, then easily cleared her first attempt at 10-0. At 10-6, she missed her first attempt, then made it on her second vault. On her first jump at 11-0, she easily got over the bar, but brushed it on the way down. She then made the height on her third attempt. She was the final competitor to try 11-6, and she made that height on her final attempt as well.
Garrett had cleared 10-6 at regional, but she was not consoled by going a foot higher at state.
“I wanted to clear 12-foot or 12-6,” she said. When asked if she was disappointed that she was not able to reach that height, Garrett answered, “Yes, very.”
Garrett, who is salutatorian of this year’s senior class at Como-Pickton High School, made the trip back to Sulphur Springs Hopkins County Civic Center auditorium to pick up her diploma along with her classmates.
Class 2A Girls Pole Vault
1.Shelbie Zotyko, Wallis Brazos 11-6
2.Sara Korn, Navarro 11-6
3.Summer Sutherland, Crane 11-6
4.Lauren McFarland, Rio Vista 11-6
5.Deanna Garrett, Como-Pickton 11-6
6.Sheyenne King, Crane 10-6
7 Natalie Craven, White Oak 10-6
8.Nicole Casper, Buna 9-6
Notes: In other results involving area athletes, Marshall’s Darius Jones won the boys Class 4A long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 4 1/2 inches. He is the 13-4A champ in the event. … Texas High’s Garry Williams did not fare as well in the discus. He finished seventh with a toss of 138 feet even.
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