Lions have bronze summer
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
The Spring Track Club placed third at the 2010 Nike Track Nationals in early July at legendary Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Nike had a goal of crowning a true national team champion in track and field, and with decathlon style scoring, and this competition was a great experience for our guys," new Spring High School boys cross country and track coach Aaron Shock said. Points were accumulated from March through June, and the top 12 teams from across the nation advanced to the national meet in Oregon on July 2.
Some of our team members had never traveled that far, and one had never been on a plane before, so it was something else."
Spring was third with 7,394.45 points and came in behind boys national champion Vista Murrieta, Calif. (7,797.18) and runner-up Brookwood from Snellville, Ga. (7,525.85).
Spring senior-to-be David Johnson took top honors in the 110-meter hurdles and senior Taji Henley added another top finish in the discus at the national event.
Junior Reese Watson finished second in the pole vault, and senior Daryn Young gave the Lions a fourth in the shot put.
Also competing and scoring points for Spring were senior Erick Whitaker in the 800, senior Anthony Bushay in the long jump, and recent Spring graduates Bryson Carter in the 400, Ridgeway Frank in the 100 and Floyd Henderson in the high jump.
Frank begins his freshman season with Sam Houston State University football in the fall, and Watson will be part of a USA Track team that's headed to a Youth Olympics in Singapore in August.
It was just an awesome experience for our kids," Shock said. The meet was held the night before the Prefontaine Classic, and we were able to watch the nation's top professionals over the weekend, and that was great to see.
The guys were able to meet a few of them an (the pros) were very gracious with us."
Shock is taking over the boys cross country and track programs after serving as an assistant for three years at Spring.
This was a good step in building up our teams`," he said. We're looking forward to competing again next year."
Spring was the only Texas team out of the 24 participants at the Nike Nationals (12 boys, 12 girls teams).
For more information, visit www.niketracknationals.com.
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