Taylor Nunez (Universal City Randolph) completes her triple gold day at the 2022 UIL state meet track and field meet
This weekend, the 2023 track and field season gets started with the FasTrak Athletix - Coach O Youth, High School, and Masters event on December 11, 2022, at the University of Houston. There will be many student-athletes kicking things off and attempting to begin things on a high note.
We are taking a look at some sprinters who will be in action this weekend. Check out the highlighted girls and boys we think you'll want to keep an eye on this weekend.
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Darryl George (Scotlandville, La) - 17-18 Boys 60m, 200m, and 400m - The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native is a top notch talent. He had an excellent junior season in 2022 and now his senior season could be an explosion of his talent. He ran 10.75 and 21.94 ran 6.98 last year in 60m far rom 6.89 entry time, but he could the sprinter to watch for in Houston this weekend.
Ryan Niblett (Houston Eisenhower) - 17-18 boys 60m and 200m - Niblett is a four-star on the gridiron. Despite being verbally committed to the University of Texas for football, schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, and Houston all want his services at the wide receiver position. Yes, the dude can catch, but his speed is also a major factor on the field. Last year, the Ike star performed 10.41 - 100m, 21.25 - 200m, and 23-1 - long jump, making him a legit two-sport student athlete.
Iliya Dryaba (The Woodlands) - 15-16 boys 400m - Dryaba is entered in the 400m this weekend. After a solid summer where he ran 22.0 in the 200m and several impressive 4x400 relay runs, this could be the kick-off to a solid sophomore campaign.
Landon Kempema (Austin Vandegrift) - 15-16 boys 400m - Kempema lived in the 50s last year as a freshman, he even popped a 49.86 at district. This could be the start of a step toward consistent 49s and under for his sophomore year. A 1:57 indoor half-miler indoors a year ago means he could have the strength to start off strong this weekend.
15-16 girls 60m
Sade' Gray (Scotlandville, La) - 15-16 girls 60m, 200m, and 400m - One thing Scotlandville track and field is known for is it's hurdling, but they can also sprint. Gray is an example to the speed they have at the North Baton Rouge camp. She was runner-up last year at this event when she ran 7.65 in the 60m, but she also won the 200m in 24.77. Gray was runner-up in the 100m at the Louisiana State meet, ran 11.74(w) at the Texas Relays, and ran 23.86 to win the state meet in the 200m.
Taylor Nunez (Randolph) - 15-16 girls 60m, 200m, 400m, LJ - Nunez ran 7.71 and 24.42 indoors last year to get her high school career started. That was just the start to her outstanding freshman year that saw her win three UIL state title (100m, 200m, and LJ). She gets this year started off again in Houston and things could really get out of hand really early on the track if she decides to crank her pistons.
Kyaliah Davis (Klein Forest ) - 15-16 girls 60m and 200m - Davis is entered in the 60m and 200m. The state meet qualifier in the 400m is a 24 mid and 54 high runner, but she is getting the turnover work in the first meet of the year.
Kylah Woods (Fort Bend Ridge Point) 15-16 girls 60m, 60H, 200m, 400m - Woods was a youth star in the 200m and 400m, but as a freshman she showed poise and the ability to handle the UIL 6A level pretty well. She started things off really well indoors with 7.83 and 24.82 performances. With a complete HS year under her belt, don't be shocked to see her take things up a level.
Alaila Jones (Atascocita) - 17-18 girls 60m, 200m, 400m - Jones really took off during the outdoor season last year. She ran 12.10, 24.77, and 55.72 proving she is a throwback sprinter. Jones is entered in all three sprint events and could show her range in the first weekend of the season.
Kialia Claiborne (Lancaster) - 17-18 girls 60H, 200m, 400m - Claiborne is known for her long hurdling as she ran a 43.15 last year to qualify for the UIL 5A state meet in the 300 meter hurdles. She is in the 60H, but she will also give the sprints a try as she is entered in the 60m through the 400m.