Three students earn medals, two championships at track and field state meet
Three students earn medals, two championships at track and field state meet
Posted on 05/15/2017
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Track and field medalists Allyn Tyer, Caden McDonald, Sanaa Barnes

A student-athlete from each comprehensive Northwest ISD high school – Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest – earned a medal at the UIL Track & Field State Meet, with two being crowned state champions.

Byron Nelson junior Sanaa Barnes earned gold in the 6A girls high jump, earning the medal with a jump of 5 feet, 8 inches. Sanaa’s gold marks the second consecutive year a Bobcat has earned a state championship in track and field, as former Bobcat and current TCU student-athlete Leilyn Miles earned 6A girls shotput gold in 2016. Sanaa has verbally committed to compete for Villanova in both volleyball and track and field after her senior year.

Northwest senior Caden McDonald also earned a state championship, finishing first in the 5A boys discus throw with a toss of 190 feet, 6 inches. Caden is Northwest’s first state champion in track and field since Desiree Freier won the 5A girls pole vault in 2014. He will compete for San Diego State University in football after graduating.

Eaton junior Allyn Tyer earned a bronze medal in the 5A girls pole vault with a height of 12 feet in a close competition. The gold medalist finished with a vault just three inches better than Allyn’s, and the silver medalist had an identical best vault but earned her medal based on fewer misses. Allyn is Eaton’s sole state medalist in track and field thus far – the school has only been open for two years and currently lacks a senior class.

Each medalist is also a repeat performer at the state meet, as all three competed in the meet in 2016. That year, Allyn earned a silver in the 4A girls pole vault, Sanaa earned a bronze in the 6A girls high jump and Caden finished fifth in the 6A boys discus throw.

SEE MEET RESULTS
To see full results from the 2017 UIL Track & Field State Meet, click here.