AUSTIN – When Everett Wilder lined up Saturday afternoon at the starting line of the 1,600-meter run at the UIL State Track and Field Meet, the Sulphur Bluff senior had already had a memorable weekend.
Wilder earned a bronze medal the day before in the 3,200-meter run and was awarded his high school diploma on the same track Friday evening. He then went out Saturday and ran his best time ever in the metric mile.
Wilder’s time of 4 minutes, 37.94 seconds placed him fourth in the Class A 1,600-meter run, completing a memorable and satisfying two-day event at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.
“I don’t think I could have done much better today,” he said after eclipsing his personal record by three full seconds. “I’m not exactly sure I can pick out one highlight of the meet. I think it was running two races at state. Last year, I didn’t qualify in the mile. I think the highlight was winning a medal and running a PR.”
Wilder ran a strong last two laps to move up from eighth place, the same strategy he used in the 3,200 the day before. He started in eighth place, then moved up to seventh before the end of the first lap, which he ran in 69 seconds.
At the end of the second lap (2:20), he had moved into sixth, but was about five seconds behind the leader. He then started reeling in the lead group and had moved to within three seconds of the leader when he crossed the third lap in 3:29.
Wilder then moved into fourth place with 200 meters to go and crossed the finish line with a new personal record. Jonathan Lira of Plains won the event in 4:30.12, followed by Logan Foster of Elkhart Slocum and Travis Roberts of Sanderson.
“I was just trying to get a PR and do my best,” Wilder explained. “I had a lot of fast competition – the winner ran a 4:30. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do, I was just trying to keep up with them the best that I could.”
Wilder will take his new PR with him when he goes to Stephen F. Austin State University and tries to walk-on to the cross country and track teams in the fall.
Boys 1A 1,600-Meter Run
1.Jonathan Lira, Plains 4:30.12
2.Logan Foster, Elkhart Slocum 4:32.28
3.Travis Roberts, Sanderson 4:32.70
4.Everett Wilder, Sulphur Bluff 4:37.94
5.Zachery Candelas, Thrall 4:39.56
6.Logan Mynas, Kopperl 4:46.56
7.Caleb Williams, Tolar 4:46.82
8. Zach Gutierrez,Roscoe 4:59.39
Notes: Other area athletes had success at the state track meet as well. Texas High’s Cobi Hamilton won two gold medals – in the 200-meter dash (21.33 seconds) and as a member of the winning 4x200 relay team (1:25.29). His teammate, Darryl Wyrick, took bronze in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 38.30 seconds. … Lone Oak’s Craig Shelton took second in the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles in a time of 39.63, and was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.97 seconds. His teammate, Trenton Overly, placed second in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:57.92. … Commerce’s Terrance Hawkins also won silver in the Class 3A 400-meter dash in a time of 48.17 seconds. … Darius Jones of Marshall, who won the 4A long jump, placed fifth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.77. … Quitman’s Leslie White placed fifth in the girls shot put in Class 2A with a throw of 37-2, and Mount Vernon’s Colton Keener was seventh in the Class 3A boys 100-meter dash in 10.95. … In one notable event, Rowlett’s Marquis Goodwin tied the national high school record in the long jump with a best effort of 26 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
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