"It's always in the back of your mind whether 'Shawn fully recovered from his surgery and stuff," he said. "But I don't know. Who knows? I thought he'd be fine and be able to go do it, but evidently he wasn't."
Sutton came in to state not only healthy, but fresh off of a personal-best, silver-medal performance at regionals, where he ran the 300 hurdles in 39.53. But whatever bug was in the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium that day got a hold of him, too, as leg pain kept him from finishing strong.
"[My opponents] were talented, but I felt confident going into the race," he said. "Coming out of the blocks I felt good and thought, 'I'm going to win this.' But I just cramped around the fourth hurdle. I couldn't handle it. You can tell on my video – I had a couple of friends record it for me. I was struggling trying to get over the hurdles."
Running with a cramp, Sutton crossed the finish line in 40.12 to lock up sixth place in his first appearance at the state meet.
Harvey speculated that the weather and the big stage might have contributed to Sutton's misfortune.
"With Juvaree, I think more than anything, he was nervous," he said. "Of course, a kid going into his first time at a big meet like that is going to be nervous. The heat maybe had a little bit to do with it, too."
Looking back at both of their races, Hicks said it was a shame that he and Juvaree were hampered by injuries in what could have been their finest hour.
"Neither one of us ran our best, at all," Hicks said. "There's not really much else you can say. If we would have run our best, I'm sure both of us would have come home with gold medals.