Abree Winfrey (L) and Adele Clarke (R) went 1-2 in the UIL 4A Girl's 800m
Texas girls have been performing at such an elite level all season long, it has been anticipated that the two lap races would be some of the best ever.
That expectation wasn't quite for the 4A level as well. That message didn't get to the girls who were competing today.
The top qualifying time from this year's regional rounds came from Celina junior Adele Clarke. It was Jasmine Benavidez of Jarrell setting a hard pace as she came through the 200m in first place. Clarke then took the lead and pressed the pace as the field began to spread out on the homestretch pressing to a solid 1:04.93 split. Abree Winfrey from Canyon was right on Clarke's hip at the quarter and the two ran together around the bend heading into the back stretch.
Winfrey took the lead, but it wasn't without matching moves from Clarke to keep contact. With 100m to go, the two were neck and neck making their final pushes with the remaining 50m being the deciding factor. Winfrey overtook Clarke over the last couple of meters and pushed ahead for the win with an elite time of 2:10.97. Clarke finished 2nd with a time of 2:11.47 and Taylor Grona of Fredericksburg won the bronze with a 2:16.29.