Cy Springs girls take third in state; Langham Creek hurdler wins gold

May 14, 2017

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Langham Creek junior Eric Edwards was CFISD’s lone first-place medalist at the UIL State Track and Field State Meet, winning the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.39. Edwards also placed third in the 300-meter hurdles (36.68).

May 14, 2017—The Cypress Springs High School girls’ track and field team placed third overall, and CFISD brought home eight medals at the UIL State Track and Field Meet, held May 12-13 in Austin.

The Lady Panthers track team, which placed second in 2014, third in 2015 and second in 2016, scored 44 points to finish behind state champion DeSoto (65) and runner-up Lamar (46).

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Cypress Springs athletes, from left, Rachel Hall, Essance Sample and Ariele Adams teamed with Tiffany Mack to place second in the 4x100-meter relay, helping the Panthers to a third-place overall team finish.

"This has been an amazing journey," said Ruqayya Gibson, Cypress Springs head track coach. "I remember five years ago being so excited that we finally broke into the top 10 as a team at state. The next year we got second and have been in the top three ever since.  Each year has been better than the last.  It's good to be in the hunt for the championship, to actually have a chance. I'm really proud of the girls because they gave it everything they had! We broke three school records at the state meet which is what it's all about- giving your best performance at the big meet!"

Other CFISD girls’ teams claiming points were Cypress Ranch and Jersey Village (t-28th, 6 points), Cypress Woods (37th, 4) and Cypress Lakes (45th, 2).

In the boys’ competition, Cy-Fair placed sixth overall with 22 points and Langham Creek was ninth with 18 points.

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Cy-Fair junior Edward Sumler reacts after placing second in the 200-meter dash event at the state track meet.

Langham Creek High School junior Eric Edwards won the state championship in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.39. Edwards also placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 36.69.

“This is a dream come true,” Edwards said. “Just being able to be at the state meet and come home with two medals is a phenomenal feeling. I was feeling good in the 110—good start, good finish, everything.”

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Cypress Springs sophomore Tiffany Mack runs the first leg of the 4x200-meter relay event, helping the Panthers take second place.

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

  • Langham Creek junior Eric Edwards:
    • placed first in the 110-meter hurdles (13.39); and
    • placed third in the 300-meter hurdles (36.68);
  • the Cypress Springs 4x100-meter relay team (Rachel Hall, Ariele Adams, Essance Sample and Tiffany Mack) placed second (45.07);
  • the Cypress Springs 4x200-meter relay team (Tiffany Mack, Ariele Adams, Rachel Hall and Essance Sample) placed second (1:35.53);
  • Cy-Fair junior Edward Sumler placed second in the 200-meter dash (21.01);
  • Cypress Ranch junior Kaitlyn Banas placed third in the pole vault (13-00);
  • Cy-Fair senior Walter Boyd placed third in the 100-meter dash (10.60); and
  • Jersey Village senior Morgan Stewart placed third in the 400-meter dash (54.28).

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Cy-Fair senior Walter Boyd crosses the finish line in third place in the 100-meter dash event at the state meet on May 13.

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

  • Cypress Woods junior Elizabeth Bradley placed fourth in the pole vault (12-06);
  • the Cy-Fair 4x200-meter relay team (Ryon Senegal, Jaelon Woods, Edward Sumler and Walter Boyd) placed fourth (1:25.32);
  • the Cypress Springs girls’ 4x400-meter relay team (Erica Cormier Jordan, Rachel Hall, Ariah Mack and Wonders Oguejifor) placed fourth (3:42.57);
  • Cypress Lakes freshman Keayla Dove placed fifth in the shot put (38-09.75);
  • Langham Creek senior Jordan Murray placed fifth in the long jump (23-03.00);
  • Cypress Springs freshman Wonders Oguejifor placed fifth in the 800-meter run (2:13.40);
  • Cypress Springs senior Essance Sample placed fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.72);
  • Langham Creek junior Ahmad Young placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (14.12); and
  • Langham Creek sophomore Brooklyn House placed eighth in the discus (112-03).

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Cypress Ranch junior Kaitlyn Banas won a third-place medal in the pole vault event of the state track and field meet.

"It was great to see our superintendent, Dr. [Mark] Henry, personally awarding our athletes with their medals," Gibson continued. "It shows that he values the work we are doing with our athletes. It was also very exciting to see how well all the athletes from our district performed! Our district definitely made a statement and I do believe this is just the beginning!"

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Jersey Village senior Morgan Stewart placed third in the 400-meter dash event at the state track meet. 

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