Written by Matt Wixon
Sinus infection can’t stop Timberview junior
AUSTIN — Before Aldrich Bailey won the Class 5A 400-meter dash at the state meet Saturday, he assumed the bad luck had struck again. Last year, the Mansfield Timberview junior was kept out of state because of a back injury, and now, earlier this week, his sinuses started acting up.
It was an infection. The air at the regional in Lubbock had messed him up.
Bailey missed two practices this week and needed a breathing treatment Saturday. And then he won the 400 in 46.76 seconds.
It may have looked easy, but it certainly wasn’t.
“I call it cigarette lungs,” Bailey said. “I couldn’t breathe at all.”
Interesting double for Martin’s Garrett: It is not unusual for someone to win two distance events or two jumps or two sprints. But Arlington Martin’s Brea Garrett has found multiple-event success in an unconventional way.
Garrett won the 5A 100 hurdles and the shot put.
After her hurdles victory, she rushed into the medalist tent, screaming and hugging her family and friends. She had run 13.70 seconds, the first time she broke 14 this year.
Garrett had entered the hurdles with hopes of medaling; she didn’t expect to win.
“I turned around,” she said, “and couldn’t believe I was in first place.”
Late rush for Skyline’s Webb: When Skyline’s Jasmine Webb tried to pass The Woodlands’ Katie Willard in the final stretch of the 5A 800, Willard tried to block her. But although Webb had to change her stride, she managed to get to the finish line first with a time of 2:11.15.
“She kind of veered over in front of me,” Webb said. “But I told myself, ‘I’m going to win this.’”
Marcus’ Lutz nearly sets record: Flower Mound Marcus senior Craig Lutz broke from the pack in the 5A 3,200 and nearly broke a 24-year-old record in the event. The Texas signee won in 8:52.91, just off the record of 8:52.34.
Arlington’s Parris repeats in high jump: This time, Orlene Parris felt more nervous. She wasn’t just competing at state. She had to back up a 2010 title.
And she did. Parris won the 5A high jump with a height of 5-9.
A senior, she is moving on to jump at TCU next year.
Legacy thrower earns two medals: Mansfield Legacy’s Shelbi Vaughan, who won the 4A discus title last year when she attended Azle, set the 5A record in the discus. The junior’s winning throw of 161 feet broke the 5A record of 158-4 set by DeSoto’s Skylar White in 2007. Vaughan also finished second in the shot put.
Briefly: The UIL added a ninth qualifier in each event this year, and one of those ninth seeds won a state title Saturday when Whitney’s Wren Bonner topped the field in the 2A girls long jump. … Flower Mound’s Connor Ward won the 5A 1,600 with a time of 4:54.21. Hebron’s Rachel Jones finished second in 4:58.25.