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Reil takes ninth in first state event

STATE JUMPER — Northwest’s Kenan Reil finished ninth (20-10.75) in the 5A boys long jump at the UIL state track championships Friday. MICAH MCCARTNEY/WCMESSENGER

In his first event at the UIL state track championships Friday, Northwest junior Kenan Reil knew the competition would be fierce.

Reil finished ninth in the 5A boys long jump with a best leap of 20-10.75 at the University of Texas at Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium.

“It just wasn’t my day in long jump,” he said. “I finished 2 feet short of my PR. I qualified in three other events, so I’m not really worried about what happened.

“With everything else I do, I don’t really focus on long jump — it’s something I’ve thrown in there just for fun. If I really want to go back to state, I think I need to practice a little more. I know I’m capable of doing it.”

Northwest coach Brady Reeves described Reil’s off day as part of the event’s norm.

“He didn’t really have that pop in his leg off the board today, he said. “Sometimes, long jump is a meet-by-meet event in terms of success. Sometimes you have it, and sometimes you don’t.

“Kenan’s a big part of what we do as a program. I know he’s going to perform well in his other events today.”

Reil was scheduled to run in the 5A boys 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and with the Texans’ 4×400 relay with teammates Sam Smith, Andrew Lutkenhaus and George Wheatley.

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