The accolades continue to pile up for Nacogdoches High School as several athletes are Austin-bound this weekend for the State Track and Field Meet.
The men’s 4x200-meter relay team of Brandon Jones, L.J. Barnes, Alex Gregory, and Jamar Woodard finished third place at regionals. Their time of 1:26.13 was the fourth fastest in the state and qualified the team for state competition – the first relay team in school history to do so.
Senior Jacob Bragg also qualified for the state meet in the discus with a distance of 166-03 – the fifth-seed in Austin.
“The kids have done a great job,” said Nacogdoches head track coach James Reyes. “Our goal is to get better and better every week, and our kids have done a great job of doing that.”
The Dragons competed in seven meets prior to the district meet in April, including the esteemed Texas Relays.
“They take the top teams in the nation. Long Beach Poly comes down from California, St. Thomas Aquinas comes down from Miami,” Reyes said. “Our 4x200-meter team ended up with the 10th fastest time in the nation, and finished 6th out of 70-something 4A and 5A teams.”
Sophomore Brandon Jones had the 10th fastest time in the 100-meter dash, just one one-hundredth of a second from the finals.
“I tell my kids, ‘you’re as good as any of those kids competing there, you’ve just got to go show it,” Reyes said.
The 2014 UIL State Track and Field Championships are held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, TX, May 9-10.