AUSTIN – In the blink of an eye Sadi Giles was the blink of an eye from getting a medal in her first appearance at state.
The Sherman junior was in the hunt for the podium in the Class 5A 200 meter dash at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday night but ended just short of her goal with a fourth-place finish in 24.72 seconds.
“I thought I was going as fast as I could,” Giles said. “All my workouts have been really, really challenging. I guess I have to train even harder.”
The top three spots were all decided by 0.05 seconds. Ja’Leesa Giles earned her second gold of the night in 23.81 seconds, followed by McKinney North’s Jania Martin at 23.84 seconds and Jayla Hollis of Lancaster took the bronze at 23.86.
Giles held off Denton’s Jasmine Deckard at 24.75 seconds and the two shared a moment walking off the track as Giles realized how close she was.
“My goal was to get a 23.8,” she said. “It didn’t happen. I wasn’t nervous but knowing everybody’s really fast is something you have to deal with.”
Giles started the meet with a seventh-place finish in the 100 meter dash at 12.19 seconds. She was 0.04 seconds from sixth and 0.11 seconds from Austin Johnson’s Rachel Horowitz for fifth place.
Mansfield Legacy’s Ja’Leesa Giles won the state title at 11.64 seconds while Mansfield Lake Ridge’s Kelly Rowe was second at 11.76 seconds and Arianna West of Humble took the bronze at 11.86 seconds.
Giles was the first Sherman entry at the state meet since 2010 and after winning the Region I title in the 200 and a region runner-up finish in the 100, she is poised for a return as a senior.