AUSTIN — Cypress athletes brought home four medals from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Track and Field Meet, held May 10-11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
A year after picking up a bronze medal in the girls’ shot put, Cypress Lakes High School junior KeAyla Dove earned a silver with a second-place throw of 44-5.25. The trip was Dove’s third in as many years. She placed fifth as a freshman before earning her two medals.
Cypress Woods High School senior Sebastian Cooper runs the first curve during his second-place run in the boys’ 400-meter dash at the UIL State Track and Field Meet on May 11 in Austin. Cooper posted a time of 47.01 to earn the silver medal.
“It sure does feel good to be on the medal stand,” Dove said. “Moving up one place and my mark improved from last year. I know if I had one more throw, I could have got her, but it’s a learning experience and I have next year.”
Cypress Woods High School senior Sebastian Cooper ended his high school career with a silver medal after he finished second in the boys’ 400-meter dash with a time of 47.01.
“This feel great and it’s a good way to go out for my senior year,” he said. “This is a different level of intensity with more people and more competition, but it was fun.”
Cypress Ranch High School senior Hannah Miller made a second state appearance in girls’ pole vault and improved four spots to earned a bronze medal. She increased her vault by six inches from a year ago and finished with a third-place vault of 12-6.
“The experience helped and we were more prepared for that,” said Miller, who gives Cypress Ranch a fourth consecutive medalist in girls’ pole vault after 2018 graduate Kaitlyn Banas earned a silver and two bronze medals from 2016-2018. “It felt so good to have gone from seventh last year to third this year. To be on that medal stand was awesome.”
Cypress Woods High School junior Lauren Lucas (center) runs in the girls’ 100-meter dash at the UIL State Track and Field Meet. Lucas placed third with a time of 11.63. She also participated in the girls’ long jump and as part of the Wildcats’ 4×100-meter relay.
Cypress Woods junior Lauren Lucas qualified for state in three events and medaled in the girls’ 100-meter dash. She placed third with a time of 11.63. Lucas also participated in the girls’ long jump and as part of the Wildcats’ 4×100-meter relay.
“This is one of my best feelings ever and one of my best races,” she said. “I know long jump is not my strong suit and the 100 is what I’ve been training for. So earning a medal and getting on the podium – ‘podium action’ as I call it – is really what was important.”
Cypress Woods High School junior Jordan Perry (No. 1264) sprints down the backstretch after receiving the baton from teammate and fellow junior Kristen Hughes (No. 1262) during the girls’ 4×100-meter relay at the UIL State Track and Field Meet on May 11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The quartet of Hughes, Perry, senior Nia Sims and junior Lauren Lucas placed fifth with a time of 46.20.
The following CFISD athletes placed fifth through ninth in their respective events:
- the Cypress Woods girls’ 4×100-meter relay team (Kristen Hughes, Jordan Perry, Nia Sims and Lauren Lucas) placed fifth (46.20);
- CFISD HS #12 High School freshman Cassidy Graham placed seventh in the girls’ 1,600-meter run (4:57.13);
- Cypress Woods junior Lauren Lucas placed seventh in the girls’ long jump (17-11); and
- Cypress Ranch senior Victor Collins placed ninth in the boys’ long jump (22-6.5).
Cypress Ranch High School senior Victor Collins competes in the boys’ long jump at the UIL State Track and Field Meet. Collins placed ninth with a jump of 22-6.5.
View complete results from the 2019 UIL State Track and Field Championships.
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