Salado seniors Rachel Hildebrand, Morgan Hill and Ryan Simmons have been through countless meets and know how to handle the rigors of a regional competition.

Over the weekend, the trio put their experience to good use. Hildebrand, Hill and Simmons are each returning to state after finishing in the Top 2 at the Region II-2A meet at Tarleton State University Memorial Stadium in Stephenville.

“They were there at the state meet last year so I think this year it’ll be an advantage for them,” Salado girls track coach Cindy MeWhinney said.

The state meet takes place on May 9-10 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

Ryan is a multiple qualifier after winning the boys discus regional title with a throw of 171-10 and finishing second in the shot put with a throw of 55-7.

Ryan qualified for the state meet for the fourth year in a row, but has yet to win a state championship. But his father David, also Salado’s boys track coach, has seen a new determination.

“This year he’s really driven,” David said. “He wants to win the shot and discus.”

Hildebrand qualified for the state meet after winning the regional title in the girls shot put (41-7.25). She missed the school record by half an inch.

Hill placed second in the girls 100 hurdles after posting a time of 15.04 seconds. She also ran the 300 hurdles and was a part of the sprint relay team before heading to Clifton to play in Game 2 of Salado’s bi-district playoff series.

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