By Nick Talbot
The Cove Herald
AUSTIN - There was a mixup with John Horton's entry.
The Houston freshman was placed in the University B division of the triple jump Friday at the 85th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
But he didn't mind too much - even if he did finish second.
"I had the mentality of jumping with the A section, but they had a mishap with my PR (personal record). They didn't know it," Horton said. "They ended up throwing me in the B section. I knew the competition would be kind of similar to the A, but I would have rather been on the A."
At least it gave the former Copperas Cove state champion a better shot to win.
And when it was all over, he thought he had.
"A win is a win, but I am happier that I think I have got my place in regionals," Horton said.
After jumping 50 feet, 9½ inches on his first jump and just under that on his second, Horton passed on his first two jumps of the finals, waiting to see if anyone could beat his mark.
He had his eye on Louisiana-Monroe's Josh Howard.
"I was really just trying to watch him to see if I knew I had to continue jumping," Horton said.
And when Howard failed to beat him, Horton thought he had won.
But he never saw South Plains' Etron Moorer. And after sitting out on two jumps and scratching on his final attempt, the former Bulldawg had to settle for second place.
"I really won it on my first jump," Horton said. "I wanted a PR today, but I didn't get it. I ran off the board and stayed flat and ... just followed through the jump and used my arms."
Cove boys cruise at Rouse Relays
LEANDER - Vondareas King led a 1-2-3 sweep in the long jump and anchored two relay victories to lead the Copperas Cove boys track team to dominating win Friday at the Charlie Rouse Relays.
Cove finished with 175 points, 74 ahead of runner-up Pflugerville Hendrickson.
King won the long jump at 21 feet, 2 inches. Next were Johnny Sirmans (20-11) and Devon West (20-9).
Cory Scott won the high jump at 6-6. Ray Jones topped the shot put field at 48-5½.
The Bulldawgs, aided by King, won the 400- and 800-meter relay.