It was like she hadn’t just won a silver medal.

Cion Hicks celebrated placing second in the discus at the 5A state track meet with a few hugs and congratulations by a few friends and family and lunch.

The Shoemaker junior wasn’t done throwing yet; the celebrations had to wait. “I was excited that I was able to get the discus but, like my coach always says, I only have 30 minutes to celebrate because I have another event to do,” Hicks said. “So, I couldn’t dwell on the fact, ‘Hey, I got this,’ because if I’m still thinking about it and I’m in shot put, I’m not going to do what I have to do there.”

When she was finally done, Hicks had two silver medals, one that corrected her ninth-place finish in the discus the year the before and another in her shot put debut at the UIL State Track and Field Championships last weekend at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.She also earned her second straight Daily Herald All-Area girls track MVP accolade.

“I still think it’s really good whether it’s silver or not because there’s people that didn’t get anything,” Hicks said. “I’m bringing something back — I’m bringing hardware back. I could’ve brought nothing back and still did my best.

“But, it’s best that I brought something back and to know I actually worked really hard this year and I have another shot at it at next year.”

Hicks finished behind Mansfield Legacy senior Shelbi Vaughan in both shot and discus with her throws of 160 feet, 10 inches in the discus and 43-10 ¾ in the shot. Vaughan threw a 50-1 ¼ to win the shot and a 187-10 win the discus and break the state meet record. 

“I think it set in when I went to the school and everybody was congratulating me and was really in shock and awe of what I did,” Hicks said of her two silver medals. “I figured out what I actually did and brought back to Killeen.”

Hurdles — Catherine Bloomfield, Lampasas: The sophomore won the silver medal in the 100 hurdles at the 3A state track and field championships with a time of 14.37 seconds.Distance — Ashley Adams, Salado: The sophomore qualified in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the 3A state track and field championships.Jumps — Qiana Canete, Copperas Cove: The sophomore finished tied for third in the 5A girls high jump at the state track and field championships with a height of 5-4. Throws —  Shayla Tedder, Copperas Cove: Finished fifth at the Region II-5A track meet in the shot put with a throw of 38-11 ¼. Sprinter — LeKesha Jelks, Shoemaker: The senior Texas A&M signee made the Region II-5A track meet in five events, including the 200, 400 and 800 sprints and the 800 and 1,600 relays. Relay — Harker Heights 400-meter relay: The Lady Knights, consisting of Brittany Adkins, Aliayah McDonald, Kiara McCoy and Jasmine Williams, finished sixth in the opening event of running finals in 47.92. Its 1,600-meter relay also finished sixth (3:58.69) and the 800 relay finished seventh (1:41.76). Pole vault — Elisabeth Crosby, Harker Heights: Finished fifth at the District 12-5A track meet with a vault of 9-6. 

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