Going to Austin
Sweetwater was shut out in Class 3A, but Nolan County will still have plenty of athletes competing in the Class 1A, Division II portion of the UIL state track meet in Austin this weekend.Roscoe (9), Highland (4) and Blackwell (2) are sending a total of 15 athletes — plus a few relay alternates — to Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus, and many of them could bring home a top-three state medal.All but one of the athletes competes Saturday. On Fri-day, Blackwell’s Matthew Lowry competes in the boys high jump at 2:30 p.m.Lowry, a senior, will be making his second state appearance in the event. He was fourth a year ago, but has the best qualifying jump (6-4) in this year’s field.Blackwell’s other state qualifier, Jayden Jones, defends his 1A, D-II state title in the boys pole vault at 9 a.m. Saturday (see list below). Jones, who is also a senior making his second state appearance, will com-pete for Abilene Christian University in the pole vault next year after signing a letter of intent this week.Highland’s Beth Richburg is competing in three events, and seeks a second medal in the girls 100 hurdles, where she was second in 2013. Richburg, a senior, is also making return appearances in the 300 hurdles where she was fourth last year, and on the 1600 relay that went to Austin and placed sixth in 2013. Rejoining her on the relay are Sierra Allen and Hannah Allen, while Madison Moseley is also on the 1600 relay. Hannah Allen — Sierra’s younger sister — will also be competing in the 300 hurdles for the first time.Roscoe has three relays going to Austin for the first time. Running on the girls’ 800 and 1600 relays are Whitney Williams, Sun-shine Talamantez, Lyndi Wilkinson and Eva Aguayo, while Shelton Toliver, Max Nemir, Braiden Moore and Kevin Lavalais are on the boys’ 1600 relay. Jesus Leanos also qualified for Roscoe in the boys 1600 run and hopes for a second state medal after placing third in the 3200 run last year.