CHS’ Gray makes history in pole vault
Before this season, Centennial’s boys track and field program had never had an athlete qualify for the UIL State championships.
The Spartans had three competitors at Friday’s Class 5A Championships at Austin’s Mike A. Meyers Stadium and two won medals.
Centennial senior Randon Gray earned a silver medal in the pole vault after clearing 16-feet on his first attempt.
Aledo’s Zach Davis won the state title by clearing 16-3.
“It’s kind of surreal getting second place,” Gray said. “I’m very grateful that I had a competitor like Zach (Davis) to push me to my limits.”
Gray said competing in front of a big crowd actually gave him a boost.
“I think the crowd really helped my get my adrenaline going,” Gray said.
Gray is the first boys athlete from Centennial to bring home a silver medal in track and field.
“It felt really good to be up on the medal stand,” Gray said. “I’m really glad I got to close out my high school career on a high-note. I’m very proud to be the first male athlete from Centennial to win a silver medal.”
In the shot put, senior Trevor Suggs finished third with an effort of 54-5.75 on his final attempt.
“I was feeling good and put everything together,” Suggs said. “It was nerve-racking being in front of such a big crowd, but once I calmed myself down it didn’t bother me at all.”
Suggs said the experience on the medal stand was one he won’t forget.
“It was cool to go up on the stand,” Suggs said. “There were a whole bunch of people there taking photos and it was really exciting.”
Junior Nick Newby placed eighth in the 800 meters in a time of one minute, 58.05 seconds.
The Spartans finished tied for 11th with Whitehouse in the team standings with 14 points.
Centennial’s girls team claimed its first medal in a relay as the Lady Spartans finished third in the 4x100 relay.
The team of seniors Jaelyn Tucker and Kertisa Amos and freshmen Kendahl Tucker and Amyria Walker clocked a time of 47.05.
“We didn’t run as well as we did in Lubbock,” Centennial girls coach Sarah Eden said. “But I’ll take it. I thought we would get second. I figured Lancaster would do what they always do but I never dreamed Chisholm Trail would beat us.”
The Lady Spartans outraced Saginaw Chisholm Trail for the Region I title in the 4x100 relay.
The Lady Spartans 4x200 relay team of sophomore Savoria Anderson, Amos, senior Toni Howard and Walker finished fifth in a time of 1:40.64.
In the long jump, Anderson placed fifth with an effort of 17-11. Anderson, who won a silver medal in the Class 5A triple jump as a freshman, finished sixth in the event with an effort of 37-11.25.
Senior Sarah Trammel placed sixth in the 3,200 in a personal-best time of 11:16.96.
“I was really proud of her,” Eden said. “She had run all four years at the state cross country meet and finally made it to state in track. The past three years, she has been one spot away from qualifying for state.”
The Lady Spartans scored 20 points to end up tied for seventh place with Frisco Reedy, Marble Falls and Montgomery.
“This senior class is going to be missed,” Eden said.