By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
Hightower’s Gabe Oladipo continued his unbeaten streak this spring by winning the 6A state discus throw with a toss of 204 feet, 5 inches.
Oladipo will compete in several international events this summer before enrolling at Texas A&M University this fall.
“The entire coaching staff is proud of the way Gabe has performed all season, not just at the state meet. He has been a great leader to our younger athletes and a constant professional at meets,” Hightower coach Gerrick Green said. “He is the type of student-athlete that comes along rarely. Rarely do you see an athlete with so much talent yet still so humble and hard-working. It has been my pleasure to be associated with such a good young man.”
Travis’ John Barber finished fifth in the discus competition with a toss of 176 feet, 5 inches. Barber will continue his discus and shot put career at the United States Naval Academy.
The Marshall boys could not pull-off a three-peat as they finished in 14th place in the class 5A competition. Shamon Ehiemua, the defending 200-meter champion, finished fourth in the 200-meters this year, while Tyrelle Valentine finished sixth in the 400-meters. Marshall’s boys’ 4-by-400-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 3:15.96.
The Marshall girls had Payton Wells finishing third in the 400-meters with a time of 56.52. The 4-by-200-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 1:41.26 and the 4-by-400-meter relay team also finished fifth with a time of 3:52.20. The Marshall girls finished in ninth place in class 5A.
Omonigho Oboh of Elkins finished second in the girls 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.9. Oboh’s finish gave Elkins nineteenth place in 5A.
“Omo ran a great race until she hit the fifth hurdle but she was able to clear the next hurdles perfect and claim second place. Omo has really grown as an athlete this year and realized she can work through adversity and overcome mistakes,” Elkins coach Ben Still said. “The plan was to win but she ran a PR (personal record) of 23.90 and forced the winner to run a PR also. I strongly believe she will return to state next year to claim the championship. I am very proud of her.”
Elkins’ Robert Slaybaugh finished seventh in the 5A discuss competition with a toss of 154 feet, 5 inches.
Hawa Wague of Austin finished in third place in the 6A girls’ high jump with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches.
“Hawa didn’t get the results she wanted but we are extremely proud of her for not only making it back to state but also making it back on to the medal podium,” Austin coach Naomi McNeely said. “We cannot speak highly enough of the heart, dedication, and strong will of this young lady. She will be missed deeply by her teammates, coaching staff, and by all of the Austin High Sschool community.”
Laila Owens of Bush finished in sixth place in the 6A girls’ 400-meters with a time of 55.40. Austin finished in 28th place and Bush in 56th place in the 6A girls’ competition.
In 4A, Stafford’s Kenneth Bodwin finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 38.66, Ryan Martin finished fifth in the 100-meters with a time of 10.75, and the 4-by-400-meter relay time finished eighth, giving Stafford 28th place in the 4A competition.
Stafford’s Cheyenne Hill-Johnson finished in seventh place in the girls’ 100-meter dash with a time of 12.14, and fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.85. The girls’ 4-by-100-meter relay team finished in eighth place with a time of 48.6 seconds. The Stafford girls team finished in 46th place in the 4A competition.