Drake’s dash to the regional meet is one for the record books
Victoria Drake was sorely disappointed when she finished fourth in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles at the District 23-3A track meet, thus missing a second consecutive trip to the regional track meet.
However, fate stepped in and lent a hand and allowed the Lady Tiger to participate in regionals despite her dismay.
When the Rockdale track team showed up for the Region III track meet at Turner Stadium in Humble last Monday, while glancing over the contestant sheet in the 100-meter hurdle, the Rockdale coaches noticed there were only 23 entrants in the field instead of 24.
District champion Alaina Dock of Giddings was missing.
Like Drake, Dock is a hurdling specialist and was second in the 100s and district champion in the 300s.
Rockdale Athletic Director Jeff Miller sought out new Giddings Athletic Director Chris Jones and inquired to her whereabouts and Jones informed him that Dock had sprained her ankle in a club volleyball match and would not be participating.
Jones apologized to Miller because no one at Giddings had contacted Rockdale to inform them of the opening.
So Miller went to work. He tracked down Drake who was attending college classes at Temple College in Cameron and had taken the bus.
Out of town, neither of her parents were available to take her to the regional.
Miller remembered that Tiger Athletic Booster Club president Russell Fischer had planned on attending the meet, so he rang up Fischer and told him to hold on a minute.
Now Drake is accustomed to maximizing her time. As a cheerleader, volleyball player, basketball player, softball player, FCA member, NHS member, not to mention a student, she is adept at clock management.
Ubiquitous is her middle name.
Drake caught a ride with the Fischers and they whisked her away at 10:30 a.m. and they arrived at 12:50.
The 100-meter hurdles were scheduled to run at 1:15, a mere 25 minutes after their arrival.
Drake ran around the infield a couple of times and then stepped out on the track. She zipped to a 16.72 clocking and third in her heat—good enough to make the finals as the seventh best time.
Not too shabby, considering she had not stepped on a track in three weeks—since the district track meet April 12.
She finished seventh in the f inals as well to Caldwell’s Shakayla Johnson and her winning time of 15.41.
“For her to do what she did— make the finals—in the short amount of time that she had is remarkable,” said Miller. “Most kids probably wouldn’t have even tried to make it.”
And that my friends, is the definition of a competitor.
In an effort to attract some precipitation to this barren burg, here are the five best songs about rain:
1. “Have You Ever Seen The Rain/Who’ll Stop The Rain”— Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
2 “The Rain Song”—Led Zeppelin (1969)
3. “Raindrops”—Dee Clark (1961)
4. “Rainy Night In Georgia”— Brooke Benton (1970)
5. “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”—B.J. Thomas