The Harker Heights girls track and field team has won a meet, its own Knight Relays, and set multiple school records this season. But the Lady Knights’ focus this entire time has remained the same — defending the District 8-5A title.
Now, Heights finally has a chance to do just that, as the Lady Knights will begin the district meet today at Midway High School in Hewitt.
“District has been our main focus all year,” head coach Michelle Womack said. “We got to Texas Relays to have a good time and relax right before district. And our theme this year has been back to back.”
Heights appears well-positioned to defend its title as a host of Lady Knights are performing as well as they ever have.
But Womack and the Lady Knights know that the competition in District 8-5A will be up for the challenge as well.
“We’re the defending district champions, and it’s our goal to repeat,” Womack said. “But we know we’ve got our work cut out for us because Shoemaker is a great team, and they’ve been right on our heels all year long.
“So, we know we’ve got to perform to the best of our abilities, and everybody’s got to score where they’re supposed to score.”
Womack said the Lady Knights’ strength is in the sprints and starts with the 400-meter relay team, which she said has set personal records the last few times it has raced.
Senior JoVanna Jones is the defending district champion in the 200-meter dash and will be counted on heavily again this year.
“She’s one of our backbones as well as the Brown twins, Jasmine and Janelle, they’re also seniors,” Womack said. “I’ve got a great group of seniors.”
But Heights boasts strength outside the sprints as well.
Sophomore Chyna Otis is throwing the best of her career after finishing seventh in the shot put and 13th in the discus at the Texas Relays.
Otis broke the school record in the shot at the Knight Relays and now is ready to improve on her finish last year at the District 8-5A meet.
“She’s matured this year,” Womack said, “and she wants it.”
Vivian Walters also performed well at the Relays, finishing 14th in the triple jump, and Womack said the defending district champion is one of the district leaders in the event again.
Perhaps the most inspiring story is Lauren Reynells, who suffered a stress fracture during cross country and missed six weeks of the season.
Now, she is back and performing well, and Womack expects her to finish strong at district.
“She is blazing it up in the 16 and 32,” Womack said. “So, we look for her to score big at the district track meet as well.”
Heights has performed as one of the best teams in the district all season long.
Now, the Lady Knights just have to do it again, only this time on the district stage.