As the summer draws to a close, 3o Sherman athletes head to the Texas Amateur Athlete Federation state track and field meet in McAllen this weekend with hopes to prove themselves and win their respective events.


The Texas Amateur Athlete Federation offers a wide variety of amateur sports, from swimming to youth baseball. However, 116 young hopeful athletes registered for the TAAF in the Sherman area for the track and field events, with 50 making it to the regional meet in Greenville. After the regional meet had concluded, 30 Sherman athletes ranging anywhere from the age six and under to 18 and under qualified for the state meet.


The qualifiers are Liberty Rose, Ziya Rose, Raleigh Johnson, Aubriyah Tucker, London Jacobs, Lyrical Coleman, Ja Kaylen Patterson, Davien Harris, Eziah Murphy, Tre Reason, Kavonte Hain, Jerren Ross, Zantreyus Hopson, Jamerion Wilson, Bria Bullard, Courtney Woods, Makayla Kuenzi, Makaiyla Galloway, Aniyah Galloway, Kzaria Butler, Jaliyah Guess, Braden Ulmer, Cody Smith Tyler Smith, Kanye Swinger, Kelbie Black, Zoe Moore, London Cole, A.J. Holland, Jayden Bullard and will compete in the various track and field events with high hopes to perform well by the end of the weekend.


The TAAF opening ceremony starts on Friday, July 28th at 5 p.m. with the welcoming of the athletes and their families, followed by the Parade of Athletes at 7 p.m., the welcoming of the athletes by City Officials at 7:30 p.m., with fun and festivities in the form of a DJ dance party at 8 p.m. and fireworks immediately following, all taking place at the McAllen Convention Center.