Shonderius Howard insists it’s not easy to make the UIL State Track Championships, but the Lampasas junior keeps making it look that way.
Howard won the high jump Thursday at the Region I-3A track and field meet at Texas Tech.
Howard, who placed second in the event at the state meet last year, won the regional championship with a jump of 6 feet, 6 inches.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for the state track meet May 10-11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The top third-place finisher across the state’s four regions in each event will also qualify for the state meet as a wild card.
Howard’s teammate Steven Jazdyk finished second in pole vault (14-0) to earn his trip to the state meet. Springtown’s Benji Brokenshire won the event with a mark of 15-6. Gatesville’s Nicholas Meaders finished fourth (13-6).
Gatesville’s Kat Cross placed eighth in the long jump (16-5) and Abate Hennessey placed ninth in the 3,200 meters (10 minutes, 38.97 seconds).
The meet concludes today with field events beginning at 9 a.m. Running finals start at 2:30 p.m.
Making the running finals were Gatesville’s Robbie Clark girls’ 100-meters (6th, 12.80) and Lampasas’ Chase Birck in the 400 (8th, 51.76). The Gatesville boys’ 400- and 800-meter relays also qualifed as did the Gatesville girls’ 400- and 1,600-meter relays.