AUSTIN – A pair of Melissa freshmen closed out their first year of high school competition with bronze medals in the Class 4A state track meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Judson Greer earned his second medal of the weekend with his third-place finish in the 1,600 after Kaylee Lewis made the podium in the 200 meter dash.
Lewis came close to also coming away with two medals but had a fourth-place finish in the 100 meter dash.
She return about an hour later and earned her bronze by clocking a personal best 24.20 seconds in the 200.
“For my freshman year I feel I did really well,” Lewis said. “I like big meets like this. I feel like it makes be run better. I love that atmosphere.”
Lewis nearly got the silver as she was right behind Kennedale’s Alexis Brown, who was the runner-up in 24.17 seconds. Dallas Carter’s Sha-Carri Richardson won in 23.02 seconds, which would have set the Class 4A record – breaking the mark of 23.41 – but was wind-aided.
“Coming around the curve I was in fourth or fifth so I knew I had to speed up,” Lewis said. “It was close at the end. I almost caught her for silver.”
Lewis started with her fourth-place finish in the 100, getting edged out for the bronze by Pflugerville Weiss’ Michael Francois. Lewis again had a personal record of 11.83 seconds but Francois crossed the line in 11.79 seconds.
“I wasn’t down because I PR’d. I knew in the 200 I’d have a chance,” Lewis said. “I think I felt a little more pressure. I was really close to getting on the medal stand. I was determined to get there.”
Brown was the runner-up and Richardson took the gold in a blazing 11.12 seconds that would have been the new national mark, breaking Marion Jones’ 11.14 seconds in 1992, but was wind-aided.
“She’s really fast. She’s great,” Lewis said. “She’s going to LSU. If I know I can stay with her then I think I’m doing pretty good.”
The medal for Greer caps a strong first-year effort – he was third at the state cross-country meet to go with his hardware from track.
“I’m pretty happy with my overall year. I hope to keep improving and move up each year,” he said. “I want to keep working hard. I want to keep my goals high.”
Greer took the bronze in the 1,600 with a time of 4:27 that was behind San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez, who won in 4:23.14 and runner-up Christian Rivera of Kaufman at 4:23.69. He was never in danger of falling off the podium as Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Eli Peveto was more than a second behind Greer.
“On the last lap I tried to stick in their back pocket. About 200 or 150 meters left they really put it on and I was just looking to stay where I was,” Greer said.
On Friday, Greer won the silver medal in the 3,200 with a time of 9:47.64 that just edged out a hard-charging effort from Progreso’s Everardo Esparza, who claimed bronze at 9:47.94 with a major kick that had the crowd on the south end of the stadium cheering and waiting to see the result on the scoreboard.
Neither runner was in danger of not making the podium — fourth place was Peveto in 9:58.41. Gomez won the gold in 9:38.79 by pulling away over the final 300 meters.
Senior Cole McCraw was in the running for a second straight medal in the high jump on Friday afternoon but missed out as he was part of a five-way tie for third place and ended up fifth on misses.
Stafford’s Kenneth Bodwin won the gold medal on a tie-breaker over Navasota’s Ronnie Jackson at six feet, six inches. It was the second straight silver for Jackson.
McCraw, who won bronze a year ago, lost out to Fort Stockton’s Andric Herrera for consecutive appearances on the podium. Herrera cleared all three of his first heights – 6-0, 6-2, and 6-4, before bowing out at 6-6 with everyone else.
Cole Mclawchlin of Cleveland Tarkington, who entered with the top qualifying jump of 6-11, was fourth.
McCraw got through the first three heights, needing a second attempt at 6-2, before joining the gaggle that stalled at 6-6. Defending champion Blake Aragon of Stephenville was sixth.