The Melissa High School track and field teams competed on Saturday at the 2019 UIL 4A Track & Field State Meet in Austin. Sophomore Judson Greer won two gold medals and broke a state record held for 29 years.
Greer won the gold medal in the 3200M with a time of 9:06.00, breaking not only his own school record, but also the 4A 3200M state record held for the last 29 years, by six seconds. He later won a second gold medal, this time in the 1600M at 4:14.56, breaking his own school record and coming in at less than one second away from the 4A state record.
“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of Judson at the state meet,” said coach Travis Roberson. “Winning a gold medal is an amazing accomplishment, but winning both of those distance races is incredible, and to top it off, setting a new state record that may stand for a long time.”
Jaylyn Haliburton-Jones represented the Cardinals in the triple jump: he initially tied for fourth place with a personal best jump of 44’ 11.50” but ultimately dropped to fifth after his competitor had the best jump during the second attempt.
Coach Roberson added, “I am also very proud of Jaylyn for his efforts in the triple jump. I believe weather conditions prevented him from breaking the school record in that event, and possibly getting on the medal stand.”
The Cardinals came into state with the fourth-best qualifying 4×100 relay time in 4A, but were unable to finish the race in Austin due to a dropped baton. The Cardinals were later disqualified during the 4×200 relay for being out of the exchange zone.
“Hopes were high for both of those relays as we were coming in with some of the top times in the 4A,” Roberson said. “How they handled the adversity of being disqualified in both relays is amazing. It is a true testament to the character that these young men have.”
All in all, the Cardinals qualified 10 track and field athletes to compete at the state meet this year, which is the highest number of boys’ athletes to ever qualify for the state track meet in Melissa High School history.
As a team, the Cardinals finished in seventh place at state with 22 points.
Photography by Jennifer Hollje and the Greer family.
Maddie Coe, Community Relations