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May 14, 2014

Hicks, Sutton run hurt, finish sixth at state


Regardless, both Mineral Wells athletes said they enjoyed their time in Austin.

"I felt like a kid in a candy factory," Sutton said. "It was exciting. All the talent and everything just shocked me. It makes you want to go back every year. But I only have one year left, so I've got to make the best of it.

"I'm just glad that me and DaShawn had the opportunity to go. It was a good experience for me, being my first year and all."

With one year left of eligibility, Harvey said Sutton has a great chance to return to state as a senior and finally capture a gold medal. He said it's Sutton's work ethic that gives him the most reason for optimism.

"Juvaree will work and get stronger," Harvey said without hesitation. "Hopefully, he can make it in both hurdle races next year and maybe even a relay also."

In addition to continual hard work, Sutton said he believes the key is more potassium.

"I'll make sure to eat a more bananas, too," he said. "A lot more." 

Although Hicks' high school career is over, he still has a bright future ahead of him as a scholarship track athlete at the University of Texas in Arlington.

Hicks said he has no worries about his knee and hasn't consulted a doctor about the pop at state. However, he said continuing to build his knee's strength this summer is his top priority. 

Harvey said such continued work is imperative to Hicks' success at the college level.

"He just needs to continue working," he said. "I don't think he can afford to just sit around this summer and do nothing. They're going to expect him to come in in decent shape. They don't want him just coming in overweight and out of shape. They'll want him to continue to work to get his leg stronger where he won't have any problems with it."

Although the end results at state may seem disappointing, Hicks' and Sutton's representation of Mineral Wells was a fine feather in the cap of what was nothing short of a fantastic track and field season for the Rams and Lady Rams. It can also serve as a great launching point and motivator for both athletes moving forward.

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