Buckeyes finish second in state at UIL Track Meet in Austin
by MARY L. KIRBY
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Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby<br>
HEAD TRACK COACH Randall Canady kneels in front of the Buckeye runners who who brought home second place honors for Gilmer from Austin Saturday. Standing from left are Nick Smith, D.K. Nelson, Chase Tate and Kris Boyd, the 4 X 100 Meter Relay team, Meagan Smith who finished fifth in the 300 Meter Hurdles, and relay alternates Devin Smith and Jamel Jackson. Behind them stand their coaches: Todd Barr, Alan Metzel, Matt Turner and Athletic Director Jeff Traylor. Nick Smith also finished first in the 300 Meter Hurdles and Boyd third in the 100 Meter Dash. Many of these athletes have now joined the Gilmer 7on7 team for another spring and summer of competition. They were in action Tuesday at Sulphur Springs and will next compete this Saturday, May 17, at Buckeye Stadium.
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
HEAD TRACK COACH Randall Canady kneels in front of the Buckeye runners who who brought home second place honors for Gilmer from Austin Saturday. Standing from left are Nick Smith, D.K. Nelson, Chase Tate and Kris Boyd, the 4 X 100 Meter Relay team, Meagan Smith who finished fifth in the 300 Meter Hurdles, and relay alternates Devin Smith and Jamel Jackson. Behind them stand their coaches: Todd Barr, Alan Metzel, Matt Turner and Athletic Director Jeff Traylor. Nick Smith also finished first in the 300 Meter Hurdles and Boyd third in the 100 Meter Dash. Many of these athletes have now joined the Gilmer 7on7 team for another spring and summer of competition. They were in action Tuesday at Sulphur Springs and will next compete this Saturday, May 17, at Buckeye Stadium.
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Buckeye runners surprised their head coach by passing up district competitors Kilgore and Henderson and finishing second in the UIL State Championship Track Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin Saturday, tying with Decatur for the honors.

Head Track Coach Randall Canady was initially disappointed when Gilmer finished third at the District 16-3A meet behind Kilgore and Henderson who sent personnel who went one-two in shot put and discus. Gilmer had won district in 2011 and 2012.

Gilmer sent their 4 X 100 Meter Relay team of Nick Smith, D.K. Nelson, Chase Tate and Kris Boyd, with alternates Devin Smith and Jamell Jackson. D. Smith had run the relay during the year but was injured when the Buckeyes went to Austin.

Two of the Buckeyes qualified for double duty. Nick Smith ran the 300 Meter Hurdles in 38.4 (FAT) time, hand held 38.0, to capture first place. Smith was the starter on the relay.

Kris Boyd, who ran the anchor of the 4 X 100 Meter Relay, captured a bronze medal with his 10.62 (FAT) time in the 100 Meter Dash ( 10.2 hand held.)

N. Smith, D.K. Nelson, Chase Tate and Boyd finished second in the relay with 41.7 (FAT) and 41.2 hand held.

In addition, in the girls events, Megan Smith, a sophomore, finished fifth in the 300 Meter Hurdles.

Todd Barr coached the relay teams, Alan Metzel the 100 meter dash, and Matt Turner the hurdlers. Coach Canady ran track at Jacksonville under Coach Turner’s instruction, and he brings that skill to fruition with the success of the Buckeyes.
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