Dalton Stidham quickly broke out of the blocks Friday night in the 110 hurdles and held on to bring home the Class 2A silver medal.
Stidham finished in 14.56, slightly behind Tatum’s Jaylen Shans-Sheppard, who won the title in 14.43 at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin at the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships.
The Boyd senior was not disappointed leaving with the silver medal.
“This is the last time I get to run the 110 hurdles. It is special that I get to come away with a medal my last time to go,” Stidham said.
After collecting his silver medal, he thanked his hurdles coach.
“I’d like to thank Philip Thornton for taking all his time out to help me get this far and accomplish my dreams,” Stidham said.
Stidham was in lane 2 for the finals. When the gun fired, he started what he described as a clean run down the straightaway on the east side of the packed stadium.
“I had a great start and was long to the first hurdle,” Stidham explained. “I was running fast in between. I hit the eighth hurdle, but I held on to get second.”
Stidham crossed 0.05 ahead of Olton’s J.R. Sullivan, who finished third in 14.61.
After the all-out effort in the 110 hurdles, Stidham returned to the track in the 300 hurdles and finished seventh in 39.65.
Spearman’s Cameron Wolf won the event in 38.38. Sonora’s Anastascio Munoz took silver in 38.54, and Buffalo’s William Adams was third in 38.58.
“I had a good start. The kid in lane two went down in front of me. I had to hurdle him, too,” Stidham said. “I didn’t have the kick that I usually have. But it’s not too bad. I’m leaving with some hardware.”
Boyd sophomore Qualynn Wells finished seventh in the 200, running 22.56. Crane’s Austin Sandoval won the race in 21.63.
“I had a great start but a weak finish,” Wells said. “I don’t know what happened. I’m a sophomore at state, running against seniors. It was an honor to be here. It’s a different atmosphere once you’re here. It was great.”