CFISD athletes claim two golds at 2018 state track meet

May 13, 2018

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Cypress Springs sophomore Wonders Oguejiofor crosses the finish line to claim the state championship in the girls’ 800-meter run event at the state track meet in Austin on May 12. It was one of seven medals claimed by CFISD athletes at the meet.

May 13, 2018—CFISD athletes brought home seven medals, including two gold medals, at the UIL State Track and Field Meet, held May 11-12 in Austin.

Cypress Springs High School sophomore Wonders Oguejiofor won the state championship in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.97. Oguejiofor also placed sixth in the high jump with a height of 5-06.

“I knew I was going to run under 2:10 because I could feel it. I had been training so hard in practice,” Oguejifor said. “The whole time I was just thinking, ‘You’re going to win. Keep pushing.’ I just told myself I was going to run my race and stay on my pace. That’s what I did.”

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Cy-Fair senior Eddie Sumler celebrates after winning the state championship in the boys’ 200-meter dash at the UIL State Track & Field Meet on May 12 in Austin.

A year after finishing as runner-up in the event, Cy-Fair High School senior Eddie Sumler won the state championship in the 200-meter run with a time of 20.68

“It just feels amazing to win it as a senior after getting second last year,” said Sumler, who was also a part of the Bobcat football team’s 2017 state championship. “I wouldn’t want to go out any other way.”

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Cypress Ranch senior Kaitlyn Banas achieved a personal-best pole vault height of 13-03 to win a second-place medal in the state track championships on May 12.

Cypress Ranch High School senior Kaitlyn Banas, who placed third in the pole vault a year ago, increased her vault by 3 inches in 2018 to claim the silver medal with a vault of 13-03.

“I got a personal best so I’m happy about that,” Banas said. “I wanted to be on top because I just won state in wrestling. I know that everything happens for a reason so I’m honestly happy with a silver medal.”

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Cypress Lakes sophomore KeAyla Dove won a third-place medal in the girls’ shot put event at the state championships.

A year after placing fifth in the girls’ shot put, Cypress Lakes High School sophomore KeAyla Dove medaled with a third-place throw of 42-02.25.

“It’s always a good feeling to be representing your school and to be the only one to do it at state,” Dove said. “I’ll be back next year.”

The Cypress Springs and Cypress Ranch girls’ track teams both placed among the top 10, with Cypress Springs earning 21 points for seventh place and Cypress Ranch claiming 20 points for ninth place.

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Cypress Ranch junior Kailei Collins placed second in the girls’ 100-meter dash at the UIL State Track & Field Meet on May 12 in Austin.

The following CFISD entries qualified for the medal stand after placing first, second or third in their respective events:

  • Cypress Springs sophomore Wonders Oguejiofor placed first in the 800-meter run (2:09.97);
  • Cy-Fair senior Eddie Sumler placed first in the 200-meter dash (20.68);
  • Cypress Ranch senior Kailtyn Banas placed second in the pole vault (13-03);
  • Cypress Ranch junior Kailei Collins placed second in the 100-meter dash (11.45);
  • Cypress Lakes sophomore KeAyla Dove placed third in the shot put (42-02.25);
  • Cypress Falls High School junior Jada Chambers placed third in the 400-meter dash (54.79); and
  • Bridgeland High School freshman Eliana Lake placed third in the Class 5A 800-meter run (2:13.84).

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Bridgeland freshman Eliana Lake won third place in the girls’ 800-meter run in the Class 5A state track meet on May 11. (Photo courtesy Marvin Pfeiffer, San Antonio Express-News)

The following CFISD athletes placed fourth through ninth in their respective events:

  • Cypress Ranch junior Kailei Collins placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (23.66);
  • Bridgeland freshman Eliana Lake placed fourth in the Class 5A 400-meter dash (56.22);
  • the Cypress Springs girls’ 4x400-meter relay team (Wonders Oguejiofor, Rachel Hall, Mikayla Graumann and Vanessa Ugorji) placed fourth (3:43.37);
  • the Cypress Ridge High School boys’ 4x100-meter relay team (Cameron Crowe, Robert Griffin, Kaylon Horton and Jakobe Jackson) placed fifth (40.29);
  • Langham Creek High School senior Ahmad Young placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (13.96);
  • Cypress Creek High School senior Myriq Freeman placed fifth in the 800-meter run (1:55.09);
  • Cypress Springs sophomore Wonders Oguejiofor placed sixth in the high jump (5-06);
  • the Cypress Springs girls’ 4x200-meter relay team (Aliyah Carswell, Vanessa Ugorji, Nayomie Green and Rachel Hall) placed sixth (1:37.54);
  • Cypress Ranch junior Hannah Miller placed seventh in the pole vault (12-00); and
  • the Cypress Ridge boys’ 4x200-meter relay team (Cameron Crowe, Robert Griffin, Kaylon Horton and Jailon Santee) placed seventh (1:24.92).

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Cypress Falls junior Jada Chambers won third place in the girls’ 400-meter dash event at the state meet.

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