Messer is more than deserving of accolades

BILL MARTIN

Dominique Messer claims he’s not very good at baseball.

“I’ve swung at a few pitches,” he says through that 1000-kilowatt smile. “I can’t play baseball. I’m telling the truth.”

Excuse me, but I don’t believe him for a second.

As talented an athlete as this area has ever seen, Messer had a pretty good day Saturday.

After collecting his two gold medals, he hurried home to strap on a white tuxedo and attend the Milano prom where he was—surprise—named the prom king.

When Messer claimed his two gold medals on a picture perfect day in Austin, he was representing his town, his school and his teammates.

He exorcised some frustration.

“It feels good to win state in something,” he said. “We hadn’t been able to come in other sports.”

As a first-team All-State performer in basketball, Messer led the Eagles to the precipice of the state tournament twice, only to lose to neighbor Mumford both times.

As a first-team All-State performer in football, Messer could not get the Eagles past the second round.

With his hardware haul Saturday, Messer has etched his name in the Milano annuals alongside the legendary Williams family, who during one 20-year span, made 15 trips to the state track meet and needed a rather large wheel barrel to haul all their medals back to town.

In 1986, Enick Williams earned a gold and silver in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles. In 1985, he bagged one of each, gold, silver and bronze.

It’s hard to believe that this is this the talented athlete’s first trip to the state track meet.

Last year, he stumbled to third in the 400 and fourth in the triple jump at regionals.

“What a remarkable finish to a storybook track career,” said Milano track coach David Westbrook. “There are champions and then there are those which truly earned ever accolade they receive. Dominique fits the later. To overcome such disappointment from the last year , and to earn a trip to the state track meet, a dream and a goal had been attained.”

Not many know that Messer has a leg injury that is aggravated by the pounding of the triple jump and coaches considered holding him out of the event this year so he could concentrate on the 400.

“When he came out for track, we didn’t even mention triple jumping until one meet before district,” said Wendy King, who serves as Messer’s triple jump coach/mother. “Dominique came to me and asked if he could triple jump. I told him that it was up to him. I didn’t want the jump to hinder his running. He said he thought he could do it. I guess the rest is history.

“He had a magical day and it was one of the most enjoyable days I have ever had as a coach. As I have told many other people over the past few days, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving young man.”

Messer will have the opportunity to continue his athletic career—he’ll suit up to play football for West Texas A&M in the fall.

“Dominique is a fine young man with a great future ahead of him,” said Westbrook. “All of us wish him the best with his upcoming collegiate career, and we will always treasure the memories he provided us that one special day in May.”

The 5ive

Here are the five oldest state
high school track records:
1. Michael Carter, 1979, Dallas Jefferson, shot put (Eds.
note: this record—77-feet—will
never be broken.)
2. Dennis Brantley, 1980,
Houston Worthing, 110-meter
hurdles.
3. James Lott, 1985, Refugio,
high jump.
4. Roy Martin, 1985, Dallas
Roosevelt, 200-meter dash.
5. Tony Brooks, 1985, Rockdale, 300-meter hurdles.


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