The area will be well represented at the UIL State Track Meet as 26 athletes from seven schools in four different classifications go for a state title.
The state meet begins at 8 a.m. Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
Below is a schedule and information about the area participants and events they will compete in:
Jack Cager will run in the Class 5A boys 400-meter dash Saturday at 7:55 p.m. His seed time of 47.17 seconds is ranked second in the state.
Kaylee Krenek will compete in the girls 100 hurdles on Saturday at 6:45 p.m. Her seed time of 13.95 seconds is the second best in Class 5A.
Chloe Lewis will be competing in the girls shot put on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. Lewis’ seed distance of 43 feet, 8¼ inches is the fifth best in the class.
Efrain Hernandez will compete in the 5A boys 800 Saturday at 6:20 p.m. His seed time of 1:53.06 was the best among 5A runners.
Nick Meaders will compete in his collegiate home stadium in the Class 3A boys pole vault on Saturday at 11 a.m. The future Texas Longhorn had a seed height of 15-6, tied for the third best in Class 3A.
The Lady Hornets relay team of Sarah Hogan, Jordan Brock, Ali Richardson and Robbie Clark will compete in the Class 3A 1,600 relay Saturday at 3:05 p.m. Gatesville’s seed time of 4:04.78 was the seventh best in Class 3A.
UTEP commit Darius Mitchell will run in the boys 200 Saturday at 8:45 p.m. His qualifying time of 20.91 seconds is the best among 5A runners by more than half a second.
Mitchell will also run in the 1,600 relay along with Jevon Wallace, Jequan Johnson and D’Undre Mitchell on Saturday at 9:25 p.m. The Knights posted the second best seed time of 3:14.55.
The Killeen boys 400 relay team of D’Jiron Lilley, Daniel McCants, Kyle Boutte and Devyn Williams will run Saturday at 6 p.m. The Roos’ seed time of 41.20 seconds was the third best among Class 5A teams.
Shonderius Howard will compete for a state medal in the 3A boys long jump Friday at 4:30 p.m. Howard’s jump of 6-8 is tied with two other jumpers for the second best in Class 3A.
Steven Jazdyk will compete in the boys pole vault on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Tricia Williams will defend her double gold in the girls Class 1A, Division II discus and shot put Saturday. The discus is at 8 a.m. and the shot put is at 1 p.m.
Williams’ shot put seed mark of 44-3¾ is the best by more than 3 feet and her seed mark of 138-4 is the best in the class by 30 feet.
Justus Alaniz goes for a medal in the boys 1A, Division II boys high jump Friday at 2:30 p.m. His seed mark is 5-11.
Mikhaila Barnett will compete in the girls high jump Friday at 2:30 p.m. Her seed jump of 5-2 is tied for the second best in the class.
Gunner Bradley will compete in the boys discus Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Bradley posted a seed mark of 129-6.
Ryan Simmons will have a busy Friday competing in the 2A boys shot put and discus.
Simmons competes in the shot put at 10 a.m. and the discus at 3 p.m. Simmons’ seeding distance of 55-7¾ is the best in the class and his discus seed of 171-2 is second best in Class 2A.
Rachel Hildebrand will compete in the girls Class 2A shot put Friday at 2:30 p.m. Her seed distance of 41-7½ is the best in 2A.
Morgan Hill will try to out-hurdle the competition in the girls 100 hurdles Friday at 6:45 p.m. Her time of 15.07 seconds was third best in 2A.