Even fall can’t keep Read off medal stand

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
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Holding the lead entering the final lap, Decatur’s Triston Read knew he would need to fight off the charges of San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez and Burkburnett’s Sloan Lewis in the 4A 800 final Saturday.

In the final 200 meters, Gomez took the lead and Lewis went to the outside of Read in the last stretch. As Read kept fighting for a finish line and a medal, Stafford’s Sterling Riles tried to dip inside of him in the final steps. A little contact sent Read sprawling to the finish line as Riles stepped onto the infield. While not on his feet, Read made it across the finish line in third place to bring home a bronze medal in 1:57.68.

“The kid tried to pass me on the inside and gave me a little nudge,” Read said. “The contact, all the momentum I had going and how tired I was made me fall.

“It’s pretty awesome taking the medal back to Decatur. It’s not what I wanted. But it puts me in a good spot for the future. I just give all my glory to God. He’s the one that got me here. All my coaches helped me. This just shows how much effort they put in to work with us.” 

Read jumped to the front of the field 300 meters in and led the lead pack through the bell in 58.42. He held the lead until Gomez made his move with 200 meters to go.

“We went out a little slow. I thought [Gomez] would take us out a little faster,” Read said. “I looked up and saw we were around 50 and I picked up the pace. It didn’t result in my time being very fast, but it got me on the podium and that’s all that matters.”

Gomez won the race in 1:56.32. Lewis just clipped Read, running 1:57.35.

Riles was disqualified for impedance after making contact with Read.

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