May 11, 2014
Cypress Springs 400-meter relay team members (L-R) Kelsey Jordan, Trameceia Sample, Essance Sample and Samiyah Samuels celebrate their gold medal time of 46.30 in the UIL Track and Field State Meet.
May 11, 2014—The Cypress Springs High School girls’ track and field team completed its best-ever season in school history on Saturday at the UIL Track and Field State Meet, placing second overall in the team standings with 42 points. Converse Judson placed first with 66 points.
“I was tremendously impressed and honored to be a part of this team,” said head coach Ruqayya Gibson. “They put everything together. You can’t ask for a better way to end the season, with everybody executing the way they practiced.”
The Panthers were led by their relay teams: The 400-meter relay team, consisting of juniors Trameceia Sample and Kelsey Jordan, freshman Essance Sample and sophomore Samiyah Samuels, won the state championship with a time of 46.30. The 800-meter relay team, consisting of sophomore Nikesha Keith, junior Kelsey Jordan and freshmen Whitney Ochiam and Essance Sample, placed second with a time of 1:37.72.
“The 4 by 100 was such a close race from 1-8. We made a change right before the meet with our handoffs, and for them to execute them really showed their focus,” Gibson said. “The 4 by 200 team came in ranked ninth by regional results and rose to the occasion.”
Cypress Creek junior Meia Gordon was the other CFISD participant to place in the top 3, finishing second in the shot put with a distance of 46-09.
Cypress Springs 800-meter relay team members (L-R) Kelsey Jordan, Essance Sample, Whitney Ochiam and Nikesha Keith celebrate their runner-up finish in the state track meet on Saturday.
Other CFISD individuals and relay teams placing in the top 10 were as follows:
Gibson, who credited assistant coaches Andre Hicks and Emilio Montejano, said she was pleased with the Panther girls’ track season, which featured a District 17-5A championship, a Region III-5A championship and a state runner-up finish.
“As a coach you always go into the season hoping and planning for it to be a breakthrough season, but this was definitely surreal because I had such a young group,” Gibson said. “I’m still trying to pinch myself. I’m looking forward to even bigger things next season. The team will be hungry with all but one runner coming back.”
The Cypress Springs girls’ track and field team, pictured with principal Travis Fanning, displays its second-place trophy at the UIL Track and Field State Meet on Saturday.