“The crowd support was unbelievable,” Coach Donnie Dziuk said. “Many KC students, parents and fans made the trip to watch them, and we really appreciate that. Hopefully, we can make another trip back to Austin next year.”
Sophomore Dontrell “D.T.” Lyons ran a 21.66 in the 200 M. Dash to beat Anahuac’s Trey Finnex and win gold.
“It’s a very weird feeling, something I can’t describe,” Lyons said, humbling thanking his coaches, teammates and fans for their support. “I still can’t believe I won State. I feel like I could’ve done better and had a better time (His best time in the 200 this year was a 21.50), but I am satisfied with the performance I put in on Friday night.”
Battling a misting rain, Junior Phillip Vaughan edged out the same Schulenberg hurdler he beat at Regional two weeks ago, Ryan Havrda, for a bronze medal in the 110 M. Hurdles; Vaughan ran a 15.06.
“My heart was racing as soon as I stepped on the track,” Vaughan said. “It was something I’ll never forget. I’ve never faced competition like this, so I had to work harder than ever. I’m going to work harder next year and try to win gold.”
Despite placing 8th, the 800 M. Relay team of Juniors Garrett Liska, Vaughan and Kenneth “K.D.” Glenn and Lyons set a new school record with a time of 1:29.86.
“These guys earned their opportunity to compete at State and made the most of it,” Coach Dziuk said. “They got to run against the best of the best and did a great job. I am very proud of them for the way they competed and the way they represented themselves, KCHS and their community.”