Gatesville senior Nicholas Meaders didn’t clear a height during last year’s regional meet.
He didn’t have any difficulty coming back this year though. Meaders will return to state after winning the Region I-3A pole vault title at Fuller Track Complex in Lubbock on Saturday.
“He had a mental lull, kind of like a pitcher does or a batter does in baseball, where they just kind of get out of it,” Hornets head coach Elliott Kelley said. “He just fought his way out and changed the little things.”
The state meet takes place on May 9-10 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
Meaders won the boys regional title in the pole vault by clearing a height of 15-6 and will go for a state title in the stadium he will call home as a Texas Longhorn.
“He’s hot right now, he’s hot when he needs to be hot,” Kelley said.
Lampasas’ Steven Jazdyk was the runner-up (15-00) and is also headed to the state meet.
Jazdyk did win the regional title in the boys 100 dash by posting a time of 10.68 seconds.
Badger teammate Shonderious Howard is on his way to state after finishing second in the boys high jump with a jump of 6-8 on Friday.
The Gatesville girls relay team will join Meaders at state after finishing second in the 1600 relay (4:04.78).