There will be no shortage of local participants at the state’s largest track meet, especially from Killeen ISD.
More than 40 athletes from the area qualified for the 87th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays held at the University of Texas campus this weekend.
For the boys, Harker Heights senior Darius Mitchell will run in the 100-meter dash, while Killeen’s Brandon Olwell and Shoemaker teammates Toma Rivera and Darius Milford will all take part in the 110 hurdles.
All three of Killeen’s relay teams qualified, while Shoemaker will race in the 400 and 1,600 relays. Joining the squads in the 1,600 relay will be Harker Heights and Belton.
In the small-school division, Lampasas qualified for the 400 and 800 relays, while Gatesville will race in the 1,600 relay.
Additionally, Gatesville junior Andraque Jones will attempt to medal in the 110 hurdles, while fellow Hornet Nicholas Meaders qualified in the pole vault, and Lampasas senior Shonderius Howard will compete in the high jump along with Floresville’s Chris Albert.
Salado senior Ryan Simmons qualified for both the shot put and discus, while Belton senior Justin Murphy will also be throwing in the shot put.
Defending Class 1A state champion Tricia Williams, of Lometa, will look to medal in both the shot put and discus in the girls division.
She will have plenty of local competition in the discus as Belton’s Bekah Alcozar, Floresville’s Brielle Brown, Salado’s Rachel Hildebrand and Harker Heights sophomore Chyna Otis all qualified for the event.
Salado senior Rachel Hildebrand will be part of the girl’s shot put field.
Vivian Walters will also represent Harker Heights, competing in the triple jump, and the Lady Knights will run in the 400 relay, along with Gatesville, Salado, Killeen and Shoemaker.
Gatesville, Salado and Shoemaker will all also run in the 800 and 1,600 relay races, with Killeen also racing in the mile relay.
In individual events, Killeen’s Genesis Reid and Brittany Mitchell qualified for the 100 hurdles and 1,600, respectively, while Salado senior Morgan Hill and Belton junior Kaylee Krenek will also run in the 100 hurdles.
Rounding out the local competitors is Robbie Clarke, of Gatesville, who will run in the 100.
The Texas Relays begin Wednesday, but the high school divisions do not start competing until Friday and the meet concludes Saturday.