TEMPLE — Cory Scott cat-napped in his third-period, office aide class when Copperas Cove assistant track coach Travis Boyce called his phone.
Two times Boyce called until, finally, Scott called Boyce back.
“He really didn’t ask me did I want to, he just said, they’re on their way back to get me, he needs me to high jump,” Scott said.
“At first, I was a little nervous because I really hadn’t done this in about a year, haven’t had any practice,” he added. “I thought, well, it’s my senior year, so I might as well just come out here and give it my all.”
Competing for the first time this season, Scott broke his own Copperas Cove high jump school record with a 7-foot leap on the first day of the District 8-5A track and field meet Thursday at Wildcat Stadium in Temple.
“I knew coming in he could at least scissor kick 6-4, so I had a good feeling — with fresh legs and everything — that he’d be able to come out and really compete today and get after it,” Boyce said. “I will tell you we didn’t think (7 feet). I was thinking more around the 6-8, 6-9 level.”
Girod Fluelen and Tyler Agnello finished 1-2 for Cove in the boys discus to give the Bulldawgs 47 points and the lead in the varsity boys team standings.
“It feels good to see it all come together, something we’ve been planning since before the season started,” Fluelen said. “It was (nice) seeing all that work come to good use.”
Scott, who signed with Stephen F. Austin to play basketball, admitted his early-round jumps were shaky, but he hit his groove around the 6-2 mark. From there, his experience in the high jump — the previous school record was the 6-9 mark he set as a sophomore — and on the basketball court helped him stay ahead of Shoemaker’s Quasan Hill, who finished second.
Both Scott and Hill struggled with 6-8 before both finally cleared the mark on their final attempts. Scott then made it over both 6-10 and 7-0 on his first attempts.
“At first, I was just going to let this be my last one (meet), but I feel like I’ve got to make a run for state, now,” Scott said.
Temple’s Regan Walten finished third (6-4) and Shoemaker’s Edward Sayers finished fourth (6-4).
Beginning this year, University Interscholastic League has added an area track meet between the district and region meets. The top four finishers in each event at district advance to the finals-only area meets. The top four finishers at the area meet will then move on to the region meets, where only the top two in each event will qualify for the state meet.
Fluelen won the discus with a throw of 169-feet, 6-inches, which he secured on his second attempt of the preliminaries, allowing him the luxury of coasting in the finals.
“It was just not thinking about it too much, it was just knowing what I can do and executing,” Fluelen said.
It took Agnello a little longer to earn his medal, leapfrogging Waco Midway’s Daniel Garza by a full 10 feet with his second throw of the finals, a toss of 161-7 to win silver.