Track Athletes Competing at State Meet Saturday

Seven KISD track athletes qualified for the state meet in Austin
05/10/2022
By: Todd Martin
Four individual student-athletes representing each of Killeen ISD’s high schools will compete Saturday at the highest level of their sport during the state track and field meet at the University of Texas Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
 
In addition, the Shoemaker High School 4-by-200 boys’ relay team will run for state gold after finishing third at state a year ago. To check live results, go to https://uil.tfresult.com/
 
The Shoemaker relay team includes sophomore Jerrod Hicks, juniors Ethan Trice and Jaylen Caldwell and senior and anchor Khamari Terrell. They finished third in the regional event and qualified for state as a wildcard entry with the third-fastest time in the state.
 
Ellison High School junior Aaron Crittenden is running in the 800 meters. He finished second at the regional meet.
 
Killeen High School junior Michaela Mouton is competing in the 400-meter run. She finished in second at the regional meet.
 
Harker Heights junior Keonna Otis will be a dual threat, competing in both the shot and the discus. She finished second in both events at the regional meet.
 
Shoemaker Grey Wolves – Khamari Terrell
The lone senior on the Grey Wolf relay team is also competing in the 200-meter dash. The relay and the sprint will serve as exclamation point on a history-making high school career for one of the fastest teenagers in the country.
 
Terrell has been devastating in the 200 meters all year, winning the district, area and regional meets, culminating with his personal best and a new school record in the state qualifying regional meet April 30 when he crossed the finish line in a blazing 20.50.
 
He has the fastest qualifying time among the nine 200-meter runners at state and will be competing out of lane four.
 
“I really wanted to break 21 in the 200,” he said last week, prepping to return to the state meet. “The coaches said it will come when you least expect it.” It came in the qualifier for state.
 
The calm, confident Terrell, set to play football and run track at the University of Oregon, said he approaches every race with a simple thought.
 
“I think, ‘just qualify,’” he said, grinning as his relay mates stood by, ready for a workout.
 
“I just try to relax when I run. I’m excited I’m going to run in the event I want to run in.”
 
The star runner said when the crowd is screaming, he zones out and focuses on the 200 meters of track in front of him.
 
Looking to the end of one of the great high school careers in Shoemaker history, Terrell said the memories are numerous and special.
 
“It’s a lot of memories,” he said. “I wanted to make history. I wanted to break records. I have one more stage to go.”
 
The football and track star currently holds the school record in the 200 meters and the 400 meters. He is also part of the school-record 4-by-200 relay set last season and 4-by-400 relay set in 2019.
 
He expects to be in peak form when he competes at state, both in his individual event and with the relay team.
 
Shoemaker Grey Wolves 4-by-200 Relay
“We have bonded as a team,” he said of himself and Hicks, Trice and Caldwell. “We have that brotherhood.”
 
“We have had a good experience,” said Hicks, the sophomore on the foursome. He said it’s been an unforgettable experience to run alongside the fastest high school athlete in the state and one of the fastest in the nation.
 
“We’ve worked hard for it,” said Trice, a junior, and the leadoff runner in the relay. “We’re confident.”
 
Like Terrell, Caldwell is returning to the state meet. Both ran in the same relay at state a year ago, taking third place.
 
“It’s way more exciting,” he said of the ultimate high school track meet. “It’s faster. It’s a bigger crowd. There are more eyes on you.”
 
“Our dedication has driven us,” he said.
 
Harker Heights Lady Knights – Keonna Otis
The Harker Heights Lady Knights star shot put and discus competitor appears relaxed, easily smiling and laughing as she stays loose for her first appearance at the state track meet this weekend.
 
“It feels good,” she said. “Knowing I was able to make the top 2 in the region and go to state. I know I did all I could to prepare for this. I’m confident.”
 
She hurled the discus 136-06 at the state qualifying meet for a personal best. She recorded a 41-11.25 in the shot put. Both were good for second place in the regional meet, placing her in both at state. Last year she finished fifth at regional in both events.
 
Otis knows what her closest competitors are throwing and is aiming to beat them. She also has a personal goal to surpass her own aunt’s best shot and disc marks. Chyna Otis lives in Mississippi and was an early inspiration for Otis to get into the sport.
 
When she competes, Otis said, “I remember what my mom and my coaches say to stay calm and be positive and don’t think the worst.”
 
“It’s been a great year,” she said of her junior season. “My technique has improved. I’ve been where I need to be.”
 
Killeen Lady Roos – Michaela Mouton
Killeen High School Lady Roos’ runner Michaela Mouton won the district and area meets and finished in second place in a tight finish at regional to qualify for the state meet.
 
She says that she likes to chase down the leaders, but at the state meet she is running out of lane nine, meaning she will be at the front with no one in view. “I won’t see anyone,” she said. “I’ll have to get out fast.”
 
Mouton said she wasn’t expecting to qualify for state this year. “I was very excited,” she said of making the cut among the state’s top 9 400-meter runners. “State is the goal.”
 
The KHS runner is competitive at lots of distances, but her favorite is the one she will be running at state. “The 400 is definitely my favorite. It is very exciting, and I know how to run it best. I’ve come up with a technique that works.”
 
Her friend, KHS senior Tyquan Scoby competed at state a year ago in the triple jump. He has been prepping Mouton for the biggest stage in high school track. “Scoby told me to just take it all in and to compete.”
 

Ellison Eagles – Aaron Crittenden
Ellison Eagles junior Aaron Crittenden is headed to his second state meet of the year after representing his school last fall in the state cross country meet. He finished second at the regional track meet in the 800 meters in 1:54.63, a personal best.
 
“It’s rewarding,” he said. “I’ve worked hard for it. It felt great (to qualify). I’m glad my work is coming to fruition.”
 
The talented distance runner said he actually prefers to run a little further. “I prefer the mile,” he said, “but I feel I’m most gifted in the 800 and that’s the race where I’ve been most consistent. Right now, that’s my star event.”
 
Coming out of lane eight at state Saturday, Crittenden said he will work to run with the front group in the first 400 meters and start his kick around the 500- or 600-meter mark.
 










State Track and Field Schedule
The 1A and 6A state track meets are scheduled concurrently Saturday, May 14 at the University of Texas Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The UIL meet schedule has posted the following start times for the events involving KISD athletes:
 
The girls’ 6A shot put is set for 9 a.m.
The girls’ 6A discus is set for 1 p.m.
The boys’ 6A 800-meter run is 5:20 p.m.
The boys’ 6A 4-by-200-meter relay is 6:25 p.m.
The girls’ 6A 400-meter run is 6:45 p.m.
The boys’ 200-meter run is 7:30 p.m.
 
More information is available at https://www.uiltexas.org/track-field/state
 
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