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Eagle runners make state debut

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Taylor Clayton began his first trip to the UIL Track and Field State Meet early Saturday morning. He ended it more than 12 hours later.

LONG DAY - Decatur's Taylor Clayton rounds the corner in the 3200 meter Saturday. He came back later that night to compete in the 1600 meter. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

LONG DAY – Decatur’s Taylor Clayton rounds the corner in the 3200 meter Saturday. He came back later that night to compete in the 1600 meter. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The Decatur junior ran to a fifth-place finish in the 3200 meters that morning, and after the sun went down he took sixth in the 1600-meter race.

Clayton had a time of 9:38 in the two-mile – nine seconds better than his regional time.

Lytle’s Cesar Gonzalez just edged Kaufman’s Edwin Mu oz for the gold medal, winning by four one-hundredths of a second with a time of 9:19.78.

Sanger’s Jacob Perry took third in 9:23.

In the 1600, Clayton jumped out to an early lead and held it for the first couple of laps.

Atlanta’s Chris Ibarra and a few others eventually overtook Clayton. Ibarra went on to win by four seconds with a time of 4:20.79. It was his second gold medal of the night.

Clayton’s time of 4:30.26, was two seconds behind fifth-place finisher Kevin Nunez of Alvarado.

Decatur’s Brandon Rivera fell a little off the pace early in his 800-meter run. He made up ground quickly on the second lap and grabbed fourth with a tremendous finish.

Rivera had a time of 2:00.54.

Ibarra won gold again, with a time of 1:52.21 – only a half second off the Class 3A state record.

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