This past weekend was a big one for Texas UIL Track & Field. Each region around the state held their respective meets, with many dedicated teenage athletes vying for a coveted spot to the state meet in a couple of weeks. For some, it was the end of the road until next season. For others, such as Grandview High School’s JD Comier, it was a day to shine.
Coming into the Regional meet as an experienced state qualifier in the pole vault last year, JD was a favorite to win. But winning wasn’t enough for this top athlete. After coming in and easily clearing 13 feet, JD continued his success until only 3 vaulters remained after clearing 13 feet 6 inches.
Technically, JD won the competition after a hard fought 14 feet 6 inch jump, but his success only grew. He went on to clear 15 feet and then 15 feet 6 inches. The excitement surrounding the pit was contagious, with each raising of the bar garnering more attention and louder cheers.
After 3 incredible attempts at 16 feet, JD ended the competition in first with a commanding lead going into the 3A state competition, which will be held at the University of Texas on March 14th and 15th.
Congratulation and Good Luck to JD and all state bound track and field athletes!
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