Track: Stating her case – Roof earns third trip to Austin

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Kayson Roof will be the lone Wise County representative to take the track at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin over the weekend of May 12-14 at the University Interscholastic League championships.

HEADED BACK SOUTH – Slidell junior Kayson Roof earned a silver medal at the Class A Region III meet Saturday and will run in the state meet May 12-14 in Austin. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

It’s an honor the Slidell junior does not take lightly.

“It’s crazy. It just makes me want to win more and represent Wise County,” Roof said.

Roof earned her third trip to the state meet Saturday, finishing second in the 300 hurdles at the Class A Region III meet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Roof ran a season-best 47.92 to garner the silver medal.

“It was definitely my best time of the season,” Roof said. “I’ve been at 50 to 52. I dropped three seconds really quick.”

Roof, the 2015 Class A silver medalist, turned in a 48.04 in prelims. She went into Saturday’s finals second to Blum’s Hope Thomas. Thomas ran a 47.15 in the finals to edge out Roof for the gold medal.

“I was motivated to stay with her,” Roof said. “I didn’t hit any hurdles. She was one stride length in front of me.”

Roof is proud to be making a third state trip. As a freshman and sophomore, she qualified for state in the pole vault and 300 hurdles. She elected not to pole vault this year.

“[Going to state] means a lot. As a freshman, it meant a lot,” Roof said. “To do three years in a row is crazy. No one I know has done that.”

She also earned the state bid while balancing a busy schedule that’s included tennis, one-act play and UIL academics. She advanced to regionals in tennis and is on the crew of Slidell’s state-qualifying one-act play.

“I pretty much live here,” Roof said about her routine 10-plus hour days at school with her varied activities.

She plans to spend more time on the track in the next two weeks to prepare for the state meet and a shot to bring a medal back to Wise County.

“The next two weeks I have to work hard. I’ve got to drop some time,” Roof said.




100 hurdles: 6. Bailey Meyer, 18.30

300 hurdles: 2. Kayson Roof, 48.04

4×200: 8. Slidell, 2:02.01

High jump: 10. Kayler Talamantes, 4-6; 12. Bailey Meyer, 4-4

Long jump: 10. Bailey Meyer, 14-8.5

Shot put: 15. Lexi Swift, 25-2.5


800: 6. Kyler Carnes, 2:13.44

1600: 12. Hunter Horner, 5:19.11

3200: 9. Hunter Horner, 11:22.91

Shot put: 14. Isaiah DeLuna, 34-1.5

Discus: 16. Isaiah DeLuna, 92-10

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