Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Already a double-gold winner, McKinney Boyd sophomore Aaliyah Miller - SportsDay's All-Area girls track athlete of year - has plenty in reserve
Aaliyah Miller knew she had some energy in reserve as she neared the end of the 1,600-meter race at the UIL state track meet.
The McKinney Boyd sophomore turned on that extra boost in the last 100 meters and pulled ahead of Smithson Valley’s Devin Clark to claim her second gold medal of the day.
“I always make sure I have it and use it wisely,” Miller said of that reserve energy. “It’s all timing, because I don’t want to get passed up at the end.”
Miller won the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 50.98 seconds. It wasn’t her best time of the season, but it was still five seconds faster than any athlete in the area.
Earlier in the day Miller won her first gold in the 800 with a season-best time of 2:07.07 – four seconds faster than anyone else in the area. It also was a state meet record.
“She’s so confident at that distance,” Boyd track coach Lauren Keahey said. “She’s run it for a long time, and she really felt like she could get that record.”
Miller’s dominance this season garnered her the distinction of being SportsDay’s All-Area girls track and field athlete of the year.
Miller didn’t start running the mile competitively until the Texas Relays, where she posted a season-best 4:50.17. Until then, it had never been a serious part of her racing repertoire.
As a freshman, Miller qualified for state in the 400 and 800 and finished eighth and second, respectively. UIL rules prohibit athletes from competing in the 400, 800 and 1,600. If not, Miller would have been a safe bet to qualify for state in all three.
She hasn’t ruled out a run at the 400 next season. With two years to go in her high school career, Miller has already accomplished more than most track athletes. There is still a whole lot more she’d like to achieve, though.
“I’m thinking about getting that record in the mile,” Miller said. “I’m just going to push myself and see how I do.”
McKinney Boyd, So.
At state meet: Miller set a state meet record on the way to a gold medal in the 800 meters and later won her second gold in the 1,600. Last year she won a silver in the 800.
Notable: Despite not competing in the 400 in the state playoffs, Miller owned the area’s third-best time in the race at 55.33 seconds.
2009: Chelsey Sveinsson, Greenhill
2010: Lauren Blackburn, Sunset
2011: Jennifer Madu, Plano East
2012: Jennifer Madu, Plano East
2013: Kiana Hawn, Forney