HEWITT — As well as the Harker Heights girls and boys track and field teams represented the school at the District 8-5A meet — finishing first and second overall, respectively — as the sun began to go down on an unseasonably cool April day at Panther Stadium, the Knights’ and Lady Knights’ minds were already two weeks ahead.
Many of the Heights boys and girls will return to Panther Stadium for the area track meet Tuesday, planning to perform even better.
“We’ll definitely do a lot better come area,” senior Darius Mitchell said after the district meet. “The weather should be better, our legs should be fresh, we get a week break, so we should be good.”
Mitchell was the District 8-5A champion in the 200-meter dash but wasn’t happy with his winning time of 22:35.
The UTEP signee will look to blow that time away at the area meet.
On the girls side, Heights ran away with the team standings and did it, remarkably, without winning any of the individual sprint races.
But JoVanna Jones, who was part of the Lady Knights’ district-winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, wants to change that Tuesday.
“It was kind of an off day,” Jones said. “I planned on coming in first in both the (100) and the (200-meter dash) because that’s how I did in prelims.
“But it was still a good day overall, and I’m going to come back in area stronger.”
While having run at Panther Stadium before makes the environment more than familiar, and as Mitchell said, warmer temperatures may help as well, the competition will be stiffer at area.
Not that it bothers the Knights or Lady Knights.
“We like competition,” said Vivian Walters, the District 8-5A champion in the triple jump. “We like being pushed.”