By Greg Ford
No one knows for sure how anyone or any team will finish at this weekend’s state track and field meet in Austin. After all, the element of luck, whether good or bad, always plays a role in determining the outcome.
However, one can make a reasonable judgment based on performances at the regional meets and in past state competitions.
For instance, in the case of senior sprinter Chris Ntreh, he ran a 10.58 at the Region I meet, good enough to get him in the state meet, but still it’s only the No. 4 time coming out of regionals.
On paper, Ntreh, who is .10 seconds slower than the No. 1 seed, Devin Duvernay of Sachse, should finish just out of the running at the state meet.
However, a year ago, Ntreh finished third in the boys’ 100 meters (10.45), which earned him a bronze medal. He also took sixth in the 200, an event he did not qualify for in 2015.
Another No. 4 seed is senior Madison Compass, who’ll represent PESH in the girls’ 800 meters. Her regional time of 2:12.13 is a little less than two seconds slower than the top three seeds, including McKinney Boyd’s Aaliyah Miller (2:10.58), a fellow District 6-6A runner who won state 800 a year ago in a record 2:07.7.
Compass is also part of the No. 5 seed 1,600 relay team (3:47.95), with Converse Judson as the No. 1 team (3:46.11).
In the field events, East’s Jackerria Hughes (18-04.75) is the No. 6 seed in the girls’ long jump. The top jumper entering the competition is Mesquite Horn’s Zuliat Alli (19-04.00), who finished sixth a year ago.
Notes: Hughes will be the first PESH athlete to take the field on Saturday, as the girls’ long jump is set to go off at 6:15 p.m. at the University of Texas’ Mike Myers Stadium.
The girls’ 800 meters will take off shortly after that (6:20 p.m.), with the boys’ 100 meters scheduled to start around 7:05 p.m. The girls’ 1,600 relay will close out the event, with the girls’ race set to begin at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.