After failing to clear the opening height at last season’s state track and field meet, Copperas Cove high jumper Josh Canete returned to Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium over the weekend with a point to prove.
And he did.
The Bulldawgs senior cleared 6 feet, 8 inches to claim the Class 6A silver medal in the event.
Following the performance, Canete admitted last year’s showing fueled him.
“After not doing so well last year and not clearing the opening height,” he said, “it gave me something to look forward to.”
Canete had no issues with the opening height of 6-2 before clearing 6-4 on his second attempt. He proceeded to top the 6-6 and 6-8 marks on the first try but could not match his personal best of 6-9.
Katy Tompkins junior Mason Corbin won the event with a height of 6-11, and San Antonio Johnson’s Jack Scarborough was third, matching Canete’s mark, but the junior required three attempts to clear it.
Copperas Cove will play its annual spring game tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Bulldawg Stadium.
After falling just shy of returning to the playoffs for a third consecutive season, three Bulldawgs were placed on the 8-6A All-District List.
Jaylen Smith, a junior, was named a first-team pitcher, while batterymate Michael Goudeau was named a first-team catcher.
Junior pitcher Cameron Johnson landed on the second team, and first baseman Tyler Ingram, shortstop Colby Jost and second baseman Cedric Camacho were each honorable mentions.
Copperas Cove sophomores Jayda Carter and Kristen Wasiak were each placed on the all-district first team as outfielders, while Elana Montanez, Rylie Radigan, Peyton Choate, Addie Cook and Jackie Clay were all named second teamers.