AUSTIN — Bria McIver had a chance to win a state track meet medal.

The Killeen junior, though, also had a stutter step going up to the first hurdle. A last-minute adjustment to McIver's starting block was supposed to fix the shuffle and everything else was supposed to fall into place.

Instead, she came out jerky and behind. In the 4A field of 100-meter hurdlers that included three of last year's top-six finishers, she couldn't catch up.

“It was pretty much over (after the first hurdle),” McIver said. “I was trying to speed through, usually I can catch everybody, but this is state, so if I didn't do good the first hurdle, then I knew I wasn't going to be able to catch anybody.”

McIver finished fifth last year in her first trip to the state track meet and came in this year with the third-fastest qualifying time, but the improved start that wasn't cost her Friday at the UIL State Track & Field Championships.

McIver finished seventh in 15.13 seconds, nearly a full second out of medal contention.

“Everything was going bad, but I came back. I made it back here, so that's just the only thing that matters,” said McIver, who suffered a strained quadricep earlier this season.

“I really wanted to win, but everybody else (in the race) did a good job.”

McIver, the only area competitor Friday to have competed at the state meet before, said she immediately regretted the race. Everyone else, with the exception of Killeen freshman John Warren, who placed second in the 4A triple jump, said the experience of competing at the iconic state track meet was one they were glad to have had and some will use as motivation for next year.

“I think just all the big stadium (hype) might have got to me,” said Salado freshman Ryan Simmons, who finished seventh in the 3A discus.“I got a little bit nervous being at state, just got a little bit too much pressure. I'll get it next year.”

Simmons was one of seven Salado competitors at the state meet. Junior Carling Urben tied for fifth in the high jump, senior Camryn Bintz placed eighth in the girls discus and the Eagles' 100-meter relay team finished ninth.

Urben, who cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to tie with Paris North Lamar's Kara Erickson, couldn't use the words ‘amazing' and ‘awesome' enough to describe her first experience.

“It's just like an awesome feeling. It's like you're down here all amped and everyone's watching you, but at the same time, it's just so amazing because you're (one of) only eight or nine people here. It's really amazing.”

Lampasas' Marcus Kehoe and Catherine Bloomfield finished sixth in the 3A boys pole vault and 3A girls 100-meter hurdles, respectively.

Killeen's Anthony Taylor, who's going to play basketball for Temple College in the fall, jumped 21-11½ to place seventh in the 4A boys long jump.Contact Kevin Posival at or (254) 501-7562.  {jacomment off}

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