AUSTIN — Mission accomplished.
Stephenville High School’s two state track and field qualifiers, senior Laura Skinner and junior MaKayla Elliott, each finished second in their respective events Friday, bringing home the medals they chased all spring.
“It was awesome,” Skinner said of the two silver medal performances. “(I) can’t really put words to it.”
Elliott began the big day at noon with a throw of 132-03 to finish second in discus. Later that afternoon, Skinner matched her personal high jump record of 5-6 on her first attempt to place second.
“I was excited,” Skinner said. “I’ve never gotten 5-6 on the first try.”
Before her event began, at 4 p.m. Friday, Skinner said she was “kind of excited and nervous all at the same time.”
Still, she rose to the occasion — literally.
Skinner added that she thought her experience of competing at the state meet last year helped her perform this weekend.
“It wasn’t as nerve-wracking as it was last year,” she said. “It’s still state, though.”
Of accomplishing her season goal, Skinner was to the point: “It’s awesome. It feels good.”
She thanked her event coaches, Kevin Wilson and Fran Campos, for their huge contributions to her success.
“They’ve done a lot for me,” she said, noting that both coaches were “always there,” pushing her to do her best.
Elliott could not be reached for comment Saturday.
She finished five feet, four inches short of Dallas Lincoln’s Christina Webb’s first-place throw, and beat out Pflugerville Connally’s Amanda Van Dyke by three inches.
In the high jump, Sherman’s Alicia Peterson cleared 5-7. Three girls cleared 5-4.
Also competing at state was Hico freshman Westin Williams, who finished fourth in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet.