Tigers come up empty

2017 STATE TRACK MEET
BY BILL MARTIN
Reporter Sports Editor


Davion Ford scratched on all three attempts in the triple jump at the state meet. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Davion Ford scratched on all three attempts in the triple jump at the state meet. Reporter/Bill Martin AUSTIN—With their wounded brother Jaqualyn Crawford missing in action, the Tigers charged on.

A year after claiming a state championship, the Tigers came up empty at the 106th UIL State Track & Field meet.

Without Crawford, the Rockdale state champion 400-meter relay team (Tristan Ramos, Davion Ford, Dylan David, Felix Barnes) had to settle for seventh.

Crawford pulled a hamstring at the regional meet and was unable to compete at the state meet where he was also the defending champion in 100-meter dash.

Crawford—one of the top football recruits in the country—plans to graduate early in December so he has stepped on a track as a Tiger for the last time.

The sprint squad was also running without David Franklin who is no longer on the track team.

Ford—in his final appearance in a Rockdale uniform before continuing his football career at the University of Houston—scratched on all three of his attempts in the triple jump.


Gavin Young was the first Rockdale pole vaulter to appear at the state track meet in 33 years. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Gavin Young was the first Rockdale pole vaulter to appear at the state track meet in 33 years. Reporter/Bill Martin Ford was fourth in the long jump in 2016.

Gavin Young—the first Rockdale pole vaulter to earn a trip to the state meet in 33 years—placed eighth.

“I wish I could have done better but it was a great experience being here,” Young said.

The sophomore cleared the two opening heights of 13-feet and 13-6, but could not get over 14-feet, which equals his personal best on the season.

Warren Miller of Tolar jumped 15-3 for the gold medal.

On the girls’ side, Zharia Mercer finished fifth in the 200-meter dash and sixth in the 100-meter dash.

Despite placing fifth, Mercer lowered the school record in the 200 to 25.04, which she broke last week at regional at 25.45.

Mercer—a senior transfer from Hearne—was third in the 200 in 2016.

The girl who took the 100, Daja Gordon of Uplift Hampton, set a new Class 3A record at 11.52.


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