2017 UIL Texas State Meet - Day 1
By: RoJo
Austin, TX
Freshman Phenom

It got started for McKinney North's London Culbreath during the cross country season.  She made her mark on the Texas running world by dominating the Cross Country circuit during the season.  That domination carried over to the track and on Thursday night, Culbreath put her name in the state record books by smashing the Conference 5A state record in the 3200.  Only a freshman, the phenom ran about 800 meters with group before she started running away with the event.  Her winning time of 10:13.68 not only set a new conference 5A record, but also set a new State Meet record for all classifications, breaking the time of 10.13.81 set by Sandie Raines of Kingwood.  What an incredible time for such a young talent, so what's next for the newly crowned gold medalist.  "Maybe next year the goal will be to break 10 minutes in the 3200" stated Culbreath.  At the rate she is going, that will be a very attainable goal.  London has one event and perhaps another opportunity at a state record.  She is competing in the 1600 meters on Friday night.  The current conference 5A record is 4:48.16  set in 2013 by Madie Boreman of Leander Rouse.
Sophomore Sensation

Time and time again, the sophomore jumping sensation from Mansfield Lakeridge does not disappoint when on the big stage under the bright lights.  During the indoor season at the New Balance Indoor Championships, she went and brought home the gold.  On Thursday night, Jasmine Moore brought home the gold in the Conference 5A triple jump competition.   Her winning jump of 43-4 3/4 not only set a new conference record, but set a new national sophomore triple jump record.  She already owns the freshman national record in the triple jump.   What made Thursday night so sweet is that her teammate, Valencia Bullock brought home the silver medal with a  personal best of 40-6 1/2, helping their team's chances  of possibly winning the team title.  The Eagles also got some help from their Jr. shot put thrower Faith Ette , who won the shot put with a toss of 44-6 1/2.
Third Time Is The Charm

Lionel Ritchie said it best, your once, twice, three times he got it right...It took Boswell's Jalen Seals his third trip, but he was able to capture that elusive gold medal in the the triple jump.  After not medaling his sophmore year and winning the silver medal last year, Seal finally takes his spot atop of the award stand.  Things got off to a rocky start in the beginning of the competion for Seals.  With the rain delay, it took him a while to get things started.  "In the finals I had to get the crowd clapping to get me going.  I was finally able to put a jump together" said Seals who on his 1st jump in the finals he uncorked a 50-2 1/4 sealing his victory.  He got a little scare from Sr. Tylan Wallace of Fort Worth South Hills who on his last jump popped out a huge personal best jumping 49-11 1/4.  Jalen passed his last attempt and headed to the award stand.  Jalen is back in action Friday night as he tries to defend his long jump title.