AUSTIN — The cruelty of competing in the sprints is that there is very little difference in where you finish at the end of the race.
For the second straight spring Sherman’s Sadi Giles found herself just short of taking home a medal at the Class 5A state meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday night.
Giles, who earlier in the week signed to run for Texas State University, had a fourth-place finish in the 200 meter dash after she placed fifth in the 100 meter dash earlier in the meet.
It was consecutive spots just off the podium in the 200 after she clocked 24.04 seconds. McKinney North’s Jania Martin, the silver medalist in 2017, got the final medal at 23.88 seconds. Keondra Davis, who won the Region I title ahead of Giles, claimed the gold medal at 23.40 seconds.
Giles cut almost a second off her fourth-place time from last spring (24.72) but was unable to move up the standings.
She did move up in the 100 compared to a year ago when Giles was eighth in the 100 in 12.19 seconds.
Giles was fifth in the race this time around at 11.69 seconds — a time which would have earned silver in 2017 — against a very competitive field. Davis earned the gold in 11.43 seconds while Mansfield Lake Ridge’s Kelly Rowe took silver for the second straight year at 11.59 seconds and her teammate, Ariel Ford, claimed bronze at 11.62 seconds.
In between Giles and Ford was Bryan’s Rajer Gurode in 11.63 seconds.
Sherman sophomore Bria Bullard was right behind her teammate with a sixth-place finish in 11.73 seconds. She had earned the wild card entry to state after a third-place finish in the Region I meet.