The 2019 Season is Upon Us

January 2, 2019

Hard to believe that 2019’s already upon us, but that means we can look forward to another great track & field season.  And with track & field in Texas, we know our athletes will not only achieve personal bests, but also climb toward or be at the top of the national ladder in numerous events. 

 

The Texas A&M High School Indoor Classic is less than 48 hours away, and the excitement is palpable for the start of the season – even though vaulters have treated themselves to several indoor meets: Lovejoy and Belton with Joshua around the corner, too. 

 

One thing that makes this indoor season special is the collaboration of the University of Houston and FasTrak Athletix on stationing one of the world’s faster indoor-banked tracks into the University of Houston’s indoor facility.  Look for this track and the University of Houston / FasTrak Athletix partnership to be a game-changer in Texas and beyond. 

 

So – can we get an indoor facility in north Texas?

 

 Picture from @FasTrakAthletix Twitter

 

Can a sanctioned indoor season be far behind?

 

When the Outdoor Season begins, look for familiar names to dominate, while a talented crop will certainly challenge and soon reign.  Among those who’ll continue to dominate headlines in Texas and the U.S. are:

  • Jasmine Moore (2019; Mansfield Lake Ridge; University of Georgia) – looking to own the US High School Girl’s Triple Jump record

  • London Culbreath (2020; McKinney North) – hasn’t lost a UIL-sanctioned race, either XC or TF

  • Carter Cheeseman (2019; FW Christian; Notre Dame) – looking to improve upon TAPPS all-time marks in 1600 / 3200

  • Mackenzie Hayward (2019; Flower Mound; Baylor University) – looking to inch closer to Lexi Weeks’ national high school vault mark

  • Adoette Vaughan (2019; Hockaday) – SPC dominance in XC and TF; continuing to make a national name

  • Matthew Boling (2019; Strake Jesuit; University of Georgia) – dominant in both the 400 and long jump

  • DeSoto Girl’s Relays – an event dynasty, they’ll garner points at the UIL State meet and challenge national records

  • Patrick Piperi (2019; The Woodlands; University of Texas) – enters senior season at 62-10.50 and 184-00, one of nation’s dominant throwers

  • Bryce Foster (2021; Katy Taylor) – 64-00.50 and 180-02 – his shot put over the summer is 2nd-furthest by a freshman in US history

 

… while youngsters who made a name for themselves last year and will continue to do so include:

  • Graydon Morris (2020; Aledo) – 9:08.34 3200

  • Kirk Collins (2020; Clear Springs) – 110H (13.84; 1.6w) and 300H (37.30)

  • Ryan Schoppe (2020; LaPorte) – 4:12.85 1600

  • Kendal Taylor (2020; Klein Oak) 10.46 100 (2.8w)

  • Esther Oboye (2020; Alief Taylor) 5-09 high jump

  • Lexie Leinneweber (2020; New Braunfels) 13-0 vault

  • Cierra Wash (2020; DeSoto) 53.76 400

  • Bailey Goggans – (2021; Marble Falls) – 2:09.76 800

  • Kenondra Davis – (2021; FW Trimble Tech) – 11:43 100 (3.1w); 23.40 200 (2.2w)

  • Jalaysia Smith – (2021; DeSoto) – 13.62 100H

  • Ireon Brown – (2020; Port Arthur Memorial) – 20.61 200

  • Kietron Jackson – (2021; Lancaster) – 24-04.50 long jump

  • Jalon Williams – (2021; South Grand Prairie) – 100 10.52 (4.6w); 21.69 200 (4.6w)

  • Montana Welch – (2021; Taylor) – 15-00 vault

  • Dynasty McClennon – (2021; Humble Summer Creek) – 53.91 400

  • Heidi Nielson – (2021; Katy Cinco Ranch) – 10:31.92 3200

  • Brynn Brown – (2021; Denton Guyer) – 4:53.23 1600

  • Crystal Herpin – (2021; Pearland Dawson) – 150-03 discus

  • Katie Schlather – (2021; The Woodlands) – 12-8 vault

  • Ashley Smith – (2021; Whitehouse) – 5-07 high jump

 

This list is by no means comprehensive.  There’s no way it can be.  There are simply too many talented athletes in Texas to list every single one who has made an impact on his or her school and the Texas track & field community while projecting who will continue to make a positive impact.  But this is a great start to what should be an amazing season filled with PRs, record-breakers, individual and state champions, and perhaps the challenge to long-standing state and national marks and times. 

 

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