Rabbs, Lady Rabbs ready for state meet
This year’s state track scene will feature not only the Runnin’ Rabbs but the Lady Rabbits as well.
Both programs dominated track meets throughout the season and had positive results coming out of district and area.
For the Runnin’ Rabbs Josh Edwards will compete in both the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles.
Edwards was solid in every meet he competed in and didn’t finish in any other place but first until regionals.
“Josh is a fierce competitor and doesn’t like to lose,” said head coach Nick Miller. “But that can be said about any of our guys.”
“He brings a toughness aspect with him but he’s mentally tough and soundly talented,” Miller reamarked. “He’s been to state before so it helps to have that experience.”
Edwards will also run in the mile relay with Hunter Belk, Luke Anthony and Austin Brown.
“We’re not far off from being ranked in the top two going into state where anything can happen,” Miller said. “You can’t go by rankings because last year we were ranked out of the top three in our relays and won those so you can’t put stock in those numbers.”
The Lady Rabbs will feature first-time hurdler Sheveonia Smith, who will compete in the 300m hurdles, and long jumper Alyssa Simmons.
“I’m hoping the atmosphere will push Shevon and she’ll take it all in and do her best,” head coach Jarrick Farmer said. “I believe she can win and she believes she can win. Now she has to go out and do it.”
“As far as Alyssa she is as mentally tough as anyone and has earned the opportunity to be here,” Farmer added. “All of the ladies we have going to the state meet work hard and believe in each other.”
“None of the girls going to state have been before so it’s going to be something I believe they will adapt to and do what they know they can do,” Farmer said.
Aside from those two events both Simmons and Smith will compete in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays with Chelsea Simmons and Keyona Easter.
“Our program has been sitting on the cusp of taking a team to state for a couple of years and we were due that success which is part of trusting the process,” Farmer said. “Our relay teams have worked hard and I believe we can leave Austin with two gold medals or at least finish in the top 2,” Farmer continued.
The UIL state meet will take place this Friday, May 11 and will continue on through Saturday, May 12.