Cypress Springs girls place third at state track meet

May 17, 2015

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Cypress Springs junior Samiyah Samuels won first place in the long jump event with a personal best distance of 20-7.75 at the UIL State Track and Field Championships on May 16, helping the Lady Panthers to a third-place team finish.

May 17, 2015—The Cypress Springs High School girls’ track and field team placed third overall, and CFISD brought home 11 medals at the UIL State Track and Field Championships, held May 15-16 in Austin.

The Lady Panthers track team, which placed second in 2014, finished third with 45 points behind first-place Converse Judson (60) and runner-up DeSoto (48).

“We faced a lot of adversity this year, so I still feel pretty good about where we finished,” said Ruqayya Gibson, Cypress Springs head coach. “The girls have fought and learned some life-long lessons. We set a school record in the 4-by-400 relay today, and we did that with two alternates. Those are the kinds of things that give me a good feeling as a coach.”

Two other CFISD girls’ teams finished among the top 10: Cypress Lakes placed seventh with 22 points and Cypress Creek finished ninth with 21 points. In the boys’ competition, Cypress Falls High School was the only top-10 finisher, coming in eighth place with 18 points.

CFISD had four state champions at the meet. Cypress Creek High School senior Meia Gordon won first place in both the shot put and discus events. Gordon threw a distance of 48-08 in the shot put and 155-09 in the discus.

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Cypress Creek senior Meia Gordon competes in the discus event at the state championships. Gordon threw a 155-09 in the discus and a 48-08 in the shot put to earn two state titles on the weekend.

“It felt really good to win after three trips to state,” Gordon said. “I put a little pressure on myself to do better and throw farther, and be consistent. It feels great to be a champion.”

Cypress Springs junior Samiyah Samuels won first place in the long jump, with a personal record of 20-7.75.

“I planned out how I wanted to jump and put my mind to it, and that’s what I did. My goal was to win,” she said. “I’ve always been going for 20 feet, so to hit my PR and win at the same time is amazing.”

Cypress Falls High School junior Isaiah Lucas placed first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 36.87.

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Cypress Falls junior Isaiah Lucas stumbles across the finish line in the 300-meter hurdles event at the state track meet on May 16. Despite falling, Lucas won the event with a time of 36.87.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Isaiah today,” said Cypress Falls coach Allen Atteberry. “I thought he had a good chance going in to win it because he hadn’t been beaten this year. He made it a dramatic finish. We’re excited to have him back next year.”

An additional seven CFISD entries placed second or third in their respective events:

  • Langham Creek junior Andre Cowans placed second in the high jump (6-06), pledging “I will be back next year;”
  • Cypress Lakes senior Jessica Duckett placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (13.49) and second in the 300-meter hurdles (42.60);
  • Cypress Falls junior Isaiah Lucas placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (13.37);
  • the Cypress Springs 1,600-meter relay team (Sierra Smith, Ariah Mack, Nikesha Keith and Erica Cormier Jordan) placed second (3:45.88);
  • the Cypress Springs 400-meter relay team (Nikesha Keith, Rachel Hall, Sierra Smith and Samiyah Samuels) placed third with a time of 45.85;
  • Cypress Lakes senior LaCarol Baynes placed third in the 300-meter hurdles (42.74); and
  • Cypress Springs junior Samiyah Samuels placed third in the 100-meter dash (11.57).

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Cypress Lakes seniors Jessica Duckett, left, and LaCarol Baynes embrace after finishing second and third, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles event at the UIL state championships on May 16.

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

  • Cy-Fair senior Caleb Richmond placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (37.67);
  • Langham Creek senior Cori Runnels placed fifth in the discus (137-00);
  • Cypress Woods senior Zach Quinlan placed fifth in the 1,600-meter run (4:22.17);
  • Cypress Falls sophomore Jean Jenkins placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:14.12);
  • Cypress Creek junior Amber Ivy placed sixth in the 400-meter dash (56.20);
  • Cypress Springs junior Sierra Smith placed sixth in the 200-meter run (23.97);
  • Cypress Ranch sophomore Bailey Ashmore placed seventh in pole vault (12-00);
  • the Cypress Lakes 1,600-meter relay team (Kyara Levi, Jazmine Harper, Jessica Duckett and LaCarol Baynes) placed seventh with a time of 3:53.19; and
  • Jersey Village senior Amberlyn Waller placed eighth in the 400-meter dash (56.62).

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Cypress Woods senior Zach Quinlan (4) leads the pack after the first quarter-mile in the 1,600-meter run at the UIL State Track and Field Championships on May 16. Quinlan placed fifth in the event with a time of 4:22.17.

Coach Gibson said she is grateful for the team’s support, and looks forward to next season.

“Everybody that competed today is coming back next year,” she said. “It was a great feeling just knowing everybody was here supporting us. It feels good to represent the district and the school—and to do it with dignity and pride.”

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Cypress Springs freshman Rachel Hall takes the baton from junior Nikesha Keith in the 4x100-meter relay event at the UIL Track and Field State Championships on May 16. Cypress Springs placed third in the event, setting a school record with a time of 45.85.

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Cypress Springs junior Sierra Smith races toward the finish line with Converse Judson’s Darionne Gibson in the final leg of the 4x400-meter relay event at the state meet. Cypress Springs placed second with a time of 3:45.88.

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