Stinson going back to Austin; Garrett there for first time

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

May 9, 2007 - COMO - For one Como-Pickton distance runner, the state track and field meet is a repeat performance, while for another participant it will be her first experience in Austin.

Bethanie Stinson and Deanna Garrett will represent Como-Pickton at the 2007 Track and Field State Championships on May 11-12 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

Garrett will take part in the Class 2A pole vault at 9 a.m. Saturday after winning the regional meet with a 9-9 effort.

Stinson will be running in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs as she will take to the track at 10:20 a.m. Friday in the 3,200 and then run in the 1,600 meter run at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday.

"It was important because I wanted to prove that I could do it again," Stinson said. "I wanted to make sure that it was not one of those one-time things. It is harder in track and field to get in than it is in cross country.

"It is nice to be able to do it twice in a row in both events. I want to bring my place up and improve my time and I really wanted to do my better run on the two-mile. I think I will be all right in the mile, but I still want to place high in it."

Stinson was seventh last year in both events at the state meet.

For Garrett, the experience is overwhelming in only her sophomore year.

"It means a lot to me because I have been working really hard at it since the summer of my freshman year," she said. "I would go to Plano and work with a private coach and now here I am going to the state meet.

"It is weird but it will be fun. If I don't do very well it won't matter because I know that my parents are proud of me and they know that I am working hard to do this. You can't just pick up a pole and do this, and you have to work at it."

Stinson said after a seventh-place finish in both distance events last year at the state meet, her goal this year is to run at time of 11 minutes, 50 seconds in the 3,200 and a 5:25 in the 1,600 meters. If she was to get those times, she would place fourth among the qualifiers in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600 meter run.

"I think I can push it hard to be able to get up there and I think I can do it if I get my mind straight," she said. "That is what I have been told all along, is to get my mind straight and I try to do my best to do that. I have increased how hard I have been working out over the past two weeks."

During the time off for the state meet, Garrett said she has been working to reach a personal best in the biggest meet of the year, which would put her in the middle of the pack among the state qualifiers.

"I hope I get a personal best of 10-feet at state and if I can do better and get 10-6 that would be awesome," Garrett said. "We have looked at the standings and there are two girls that can jump 11-feet and two girls that can jump 10-feet and I am in the middle of it all. I would have to be on my game on Saturday to be able to place high."

Garrett said just reaching the state meet was a big accomplishment for her this year.

"Just to know that you worked hard to get there is a good enough feeling for me this year," she said. "What else can you say about that?"

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