Decatur took just three qualifiers to the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
But the mighty trio brought home plenty of hardware, including two gold medals, a silver medal and a fourth-place finish. That added up to a runner-up overall team finish in Class 3A.
Decatur tallied 32 points to finish in a tie for second with Gilmer. Kennedale won the class with 50 points.
“You can’t ask for anything better than what happened today. I’m so proud of the guys,” said Taylor Clayton, who won the 1,600 and finished second in the 3,200. “They came out and worked their butts off. One came up short of a medal. But he’s got another year, and that boy works his butt off. Brandon worked tremendously for five months consecutively. He deserved it. The best man won today.”
Brandon Rivera won gold in the 800.
The third and youngest member of the trio, Jacob Kevetter, was fourth in the 300 hurdles. He missed bringing home Decatur’s fourth medal by three hundredths of a second.
“They all worked hard and did a lot to earn this,” said Decatur boys track coach Nick Stokes, holding the 3A runner-up trophy. “The whole team worked hard every day to lead up to this. It’s not just those three – even though they did what they needed to do to score the points.”
The meet was Stokes’ final outing with Decatur. He is headed to Frisco Independence High School.
“It’s an awesome way to go out. But it’s about the kids,” Stokes said. “Decatur has been successful and is going to continue to be successful because of the kids and the support we get from the parents and the community.”