By CLINT FOSTER
AUSTIN – With two juniors and a sophomore in competition, Strawn's track and field team had a bit of a coming out party at the UIL Track and Field State Meet in Austin over the weekend and issued a warning with their performance to look out for the Greyhounds come next year.
Competing in both the boys' and girls' discus and the boys' pole vault, Strawn narrowly missed the podium in two events and showed their strength in all three.
The youngest of the group, sophomore Ross Alison, placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 149 feet. In his first trip to state at such a young age, Alison's performance has the chance to serve as an excellent launching point for the rest of his high school career.
In the girls' discus, junior Jayde Price finished eighth in her first trip to state with a 103-foot throw.
Strawn's only athlete to make a repeat appearance to the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium for the state meet was Tyler Bays in the pole vault. Bays finished fourth with a flop of 12-foot-6.
All three of Strawn's state qualifiers won gold medals at their regional meet two week's ago, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Considering the 'Hounds' strong showings on the biggest stages and their youth, Strawn's Athletics Director Dewayne Lee said he is excited about the direction of the program.
"We feel like there's a lot of potential there for next year," he said. "Our goal is to be on the podium next year. Tyler Bays had been to state before, but for the other two, it was their first time. They kind of got to see how the atmosphere is. I'm super excited for next year. I think they really understand it now."