TEMPLE – The Harker Heights Lady Knights didn't need a miracle to win their first track championship in five years; they just needed a final relay and a lot of heart. But a 10-foot, six-inch pole vault wouldn't have hurt either.
Harker Heights' Taylor Mircle won the JV girls pole vault with a lift of exactly that – a foot and a half higher than A&M Consolidated's second-place follower – while the varsity Lady Knights sat-out the event because of University Interscholastic League rules.
Miracle, a Harker Heights freshman, transferred into the school this year and was ineligible to compete for varsity because of transfer regulations. Had she competed at the varsity level, her 10-6 vault would have at least contended for second or third place as A&M went 2-3 with the same height behind Belton's Morgan Toone's 12-foot vault.
"That would've been icing on the cake," said Harker Heights varsity girls track coach Michelle Womack. "Obviously we didn't need those points because we won without them, but they still would've been nice."
As it turns out, the Lady Knights didn't need her vault, though it would have been an added-plus to their first-ever 5A district track title.
Miracle's 10-point first-place finish hardly affected the JV Lady Knights fifth-place finish, but it could've given her a regional qualifier berth, at least.
"She will definitely be a great addition to our team next year," Womack said.
A&M Consolidated won the JV girls meet with 168 points while the Lady Knights finished with 63. Ellison's JV made it a point to contend with the proud A&M tradition by finishing second (141) and Belton finished third. Temple finished fourth, Bryan, sixth, and Shoemaker seventh at the 13-5A track meet at Temple High School's Wildcat Stadium last Thursday and Friday.