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The championship rounds is the beginning of the push to the state meet. It's also the beginning of the end to some.
Unfortunately, we saw a little bit of both last week. In this article, we'll highlight just a few of the many things that happened to take note of from the last two weeks in the UIL.
We start off with two huge unfortunate situations that will impact both of the next two qualifying rounds and the state meet.
The rest of the notes will also affect the next rounds and possibly the state meet, but were a little more positive situations.
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- Katy Tompkins Did Not Advance in 4x100 Relay
The Katy Tompkins 4x100 relay did not make it out of district in the 4x100 relay prelims. Why is this significant? It is because Tompkins has the fastest 4x100 relay time in Region 3-6A. They have been to the UIL 6A state meet several times in the last four years.
This doesn't just affect the 4x100 relay at the area and regional meets, but it could also have implications on the UIL 6A state team championship. Tompkins was able to qualify the 4x200 and 4x400 relays, which could be state qualifiers. Three relays scoring points is conducive to making the podium. Add that with several individual point scoring opportunities and this was an unfortunate situation for the Falcons.
- Isabel Conde De Frankenberg Doesn't Qualify In The 800m/1600m
By now, much of the state already knows that Isabel Conde De Frankenberg only ran in the 3200m at the district finishing in second place. That placement does qualify her for the area championships, but a DNS in the 800m and 1600m mans the fastest girl in the state could be missing the state meet altogether.
Why is this significant? Well, Frankenberg was runner-up in the 800m in last year's UIL 5A 800m and is the TX No. 4 all-time runner in the event at 2:05.61. This year, she ran 2:06.46 at the New Balance Nationals Indoor to finish runner-up at the national championship meet.
With an indoor 4:50.12 in the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the 1600m at the state meet was going to be highly anticipated race. Most importantly, Frankenberg is the fastest Texas girl ever in the 1600m/mile. She holds the Texas state record 4:36.93 (cov. 1 mile) from last year.
Being the 2022 UIL 5A state meet 1600m and 3200m champion means there will be a new champion for 2023.
- Lauren Lewis Runs 52.19 Moves Upto TX No. 3 A-T
She is the reigning defending UIL 6A state champion and going. back-to-back is a serious possibility for the University of Texas signee.