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Forney's Kiana Hawn, Birdville's Joas Aguilar put up impressive performance on first day of UIL track and field championships
AUSTIN — Kiana Hawn was 2-for-2 in medals before rain delayed her try for a trifecta Friday at the UIL state track and field meet.
The Forney junior took bronze in the long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 101/4 inches, then won gold in the 100-meter hurdles.
“It’s an exciting feeling,” Hawn said. “I’ve been working really hard the past two years to get where I am right now. I can’t even explain in words how I feel. Just blessed.”
She was also among the favorites in the 300 hurdles, which was delayed by inclement weather.
Hawn took second in the 100 hurdles at last year’s state meet, finishing two-tenths of a second behind Carrollton Creekview’s Melissa Gonzalez.
“My expectations were really high,” Hawn said. “That’s what’s so nerve-racking about it, because I have such high expectations. But it motivates me.”
Hawn’s time of 13.99 seconds was her fastest of the season. Mansfield Legacy’s Victoria Johnson won silver.
Future Aggie wins discus: Joas Aguilar doesn’t waste any time.
The Texas A&M football signee from Birdville took gold in the 4A boys discus, blowing away the field with an opening throw of 179 feet, 1 inch.
“I usually like to get a good one on the very first throw,” said Aguilar, who beat McKinney North runner-up Jon Ford by more than 13 feet.
Aguilar did almost the same thing in the Region I meet two weeks ago, throwing a 185-5 in his opener to win by more than 8 feet.
The Birdville senior, whom Rivals rates as a three-star offensive tackle, took bronze in the discus last season.
“This was my senior year, so I wanted to finally win it,” he said.
He said he hopes to continue participating in the discus and shot put at Texas A&M next season.
Highland Park duo medal in 800: Highland Park teammates Mary Beth Hamilton and Gabby Crank medaled in the girls 800 meters.
Hamilton, a senior, took silver in 2:13.34, and Crank, a sophomore, took bronze in 2:13.86.
“Just to have her ponytail to look at right in front of me as I was going was surreal,” Crank said, “because it was just like another workout.”
Crank also medaled in the triple jump, taking silver with a leap of 39-61/2.
Little Elm relay takes silver again: The Little Elm 4x100 relay earned a silver medal for the second straight year.
The team of Karissa Ellis, Marika Brown, Ashlynn Giles and Alexus Giles finished in 46.78 seconds — one-tenth of a second behind the winners from Houston Wheatley.
“We’re kind of disappointed because we really wanted to win after taking silver last year,” Brown said. “But it’s a great accomplishment and a great experience.”
Brown was also scheduled to run in the 100 meters and 200 before inclement weather delayed the meet.
Briefly: Highland Park junior Natalie Rathjen pulled up after six laps in the 3,200 meters. Last year’s silver medalist was a step behind Burleson’s Jessica Prickett, who won in 10:26.91, a 4A state-meet record. Highland Park coach Susan Bailey said Rathjen was having trouble breathing. Rathjen was also scheduled to run in the 1,600 before the meet was delayed by rain. … Fort Worth Boswell pole vaulter Lakan Taylor set a state record by vaulting 13-8 to win gold. … Crystal Jones of Fort Worth Western Hills won gold in the long jump with a jump of 19-31/2.
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