Today was scheduled to be the UIL 6A state meet. La Porte senior Ryan Schoppe would have been competing to win his third 3200m state title and trying to go for his first 1600m win after his runner-up finish in 2019.
Back in March, the 2020 season was cancelled thanks to COVID-19, so today's state meet isn't happening. That hasn't slowed down Schoppe, in fact we have seen him speed things up.
We've witnessed him put in some exceptional efforts in time trials during this cancelled 2020 season turning in PRs in the 1600m and the 3200m. Today, he ran the 1 Mile at his local track to replace what would have been the final race in his high school career.
In the previous time trials, Schoppe was paced by family members riding bicycles. Today, he had real live runners pacing him. The 2019 UIL 6A state champion Cole Lindhorst (4:07.41) from Katy Tompkins and former Kingwood High School and University of Texas freshman Nick Majerus (2019 UIL 6A XC state meet 10th place finisher) alternated pacing duties.
Watch Schoppe run an unofficial 4:00.81 in a 1 mile time trial.