Track: Slidell’s Roof finishes fifth at state

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Final Hurdles

FINAL HURDLES – Slidell’s Kayson Roof clears a hurdle near the finish of the Class A 300 hurdles Saturday. Roof took fifth in the race. Messenger photo by David Flynn

Heavy rains and lightning delayed Slidell’s Kayson Roof hitting the Mike Myers Stadium track for the Class A 300 hurdles finals by nearly six hours.

“We were supposed to run at 2 [p.m.] and didn’t run until after 8,” Roof said. “It was a six-hour delay. It was so tiring.”

When Roof finally got on the track, the three-time state qualifier got off to a fast start before an injury midway through slowed her. Roof finished fifth in 48.26.

Aspermont’s Jacy Sparks ran a 46.922 to edge out Blum’s Hope Thomas for the gold medal. Thomas turned in a 46.927. Both Sparks and Thomas were under the previous state record for the class of 47.24.

Roof said she was uncomfortable in the blocks and felt something pull in her hip early in the middle of the race.

“I started off weird in the blocks,” Roof said. “Over the fourth hurdle, I hurt my hip. I was in first or second and slowed to fifth.

“It was disappointing that it had to happen during the race.”

Tuesday morning, Roof said the hip was still sore. She was working with the trainer to get over the soreness.

It was the third state appearance for the junior. Roof finished second in the race as a sophomore. “It’s a big accomplishment. It makes me proud to be there three years,” Roof said.

She’s already eying a trip back to Austin next year.

“I told my friend that I’m going to get first next year. I’m determined to do that,” Roof said. “I’m going to eat right and keep in shape.”

Northwest’s Caden McDonald finished fifth in the 6A boys discus with a throw of 187-2.

The Northwest junior landed his best throw on his second effort. His second-best throw was 182-03.

Coppell’s Colin Echols won the gold medal with a throw of 195-5.

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