Centennial will display talent at state track and field meet
When Centennial senior Trevor Suggs saw that the final attempt by Mansfield Legacy’s Taurean Carter hadn’t topped his best attempt of the day, he knew something special had happened.
By finishing second in the shot put at the Class 5A Region I track and field championships, Suggs became the first boys athlete from Centennial to qualify for the UIL Class 5A state championships.
“As soon as I saw he hadn’t beaten my throw, I knew I was going to state,” Suggs said. “I threw my best throw right after that but I was so pumped I really wasn’t focused on the throw.”
The top two competitors at the four regionals meets qualify for state. The next best finishers among the regional meets receives a wildcard slot at the state meet. The Class 5A championships will take place Friday at the Mike A. Meyers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin.
Joining Suggs at state will be two wildcard qualifiers from Centennial - senior Randon Gray in the pole vault and junior Nick Newby in the 800 meter run.
“It’s crazy to think that we are the first,” Suggs said. “You can’t let that get to your head, you just have to go forward and keep doing your thing.”
Suggs finished second at regionals with effort of 54 feet, 0.25 inches and comes into the state meet with the seventh-best qualifying distance.
Gray enters the pole vault competition tied for second among state qualifiers at a height of 16 feet. He is tied with Aledo’s Zach Davis and Mansfield Timberview’s Ethan Feliciano. Whitehouse’s Cameron Johnson has the top qualifying height at 16-3.
In the 800, Newby comes into the race with a time at regionals of one minute, 55.56 seconds, which places him fourth among state qualifiers.
Like the Spartans, the Lady Spartans will be sending their largest contingent ever to the state championships.
“I’m very proud of this group,” Centennial girls track and field coach Sarah Eden said. “They are the first team (from Centennial) to have won district, area and the regional titles in the same year. That’s pretty cool.”
The girls will be sending two individuals (in three events) and two relay teams to compete at state.
Sophomore Savoria Anderson, who finished second at state last season in the triple jump, is not only the girls program’s first repeat state qualifier but she will be the first Lady Spartan to compete at state in two individual events.
Anderson will compete in the triple jump and long jump. The sophomore’s state qualifying effort of 38-5.75 in the triple jump places her tied for fifth among the state competitors. She is tied with Midlothian’s Maykayla Jackson and Leander Glenn’s Gabriel Thomas.
In the long jump, Anderson’s distance of 18-2.25 is the ninth-best in the event.
Senior Sarah Trammel will race in the 3,200. Trammel’s time at regionals of 11:21.29 is the eighth-best time among state qualifiers.
The Lady Spartans relay teams head into state meet off record-setting performances at the Region I meet in Lubbock.
Centennial’s 4x100-meter relay team of seniors Jaelyn Tucker and Kertisa Amos along with freshmen Kendahl Tucker and Amyria Walker are the top-seeded squad at state thanks to their time of 46.35. Four other teams at state - Lancaster (46.35), Saginaw Chisholm Trail (46.65), Alvin Shadow Creek (46.82) and Fort Bend Marshall (46.85) - all clocked times less than 47 seconds.
The Lady Spartans team of Anderson, Amos, senior Toni Howard and Walker will compete in the 4x200 relay at state. Centennial’s time of 1:40.50 places the team third behind Fort Bend Hightower (1:38.84) and Lancaster (1:39.38).
“I really wanted to win district but I never looked past that, then we went on to win the area and regional titles,” Eden said. “Now, I just want us to finish strong, and do our best. I want those seniors who are going out to feel good about what they did and not have a let down at state. I’m excited about the possibilities.”