Kingwood’s Dewitt Thomas rounded the 300m mark and turned into his last 100, currently in 2nd place. Little did he know, this last 100m would be the most important 100 meters of his life. This is the moment he had been training all throughout his track career. Driving in to a full-out sprint, Dewitt Thomas, the last leg of the Kingwood Boys 4×400 meter relay team, took over first place. He crossed the finish line and nearly broke down in the arms of his teammates, his face of determination had quickly transformed into a face of pure joy. Kingwood had just won the 2014 Texas Boys Track 5A State Championship.
That was last year. This year, Kingwood was realigned into a new district and moved up a class, into District 16-6A. With a district full of track power houses such as The Woodlands and Summer Creek, Kingwood will try and emulate their same results as last season and grab a 2nd straight state championship.
“It will be tough, certainly a better district than last year. We need to continue to run well and come together as a team if we want to compete,” senior Dewitt Thomas said.
The Kingwood Boys recently took home a first place finish at the College Park Invitational, catching a glimpse of the new district competition. Coming off their slim 1 point win at the State Meet last year, Kingwood looks to send more athletes to state to help the Mustangs rack up points.
“We improved overall from last year. Last year the 4×4 team was really good, now we’re good all around. We need to keep working hard,” junior Sewo Olonilua said.
After an impressive outing thus far in the season, Kingwood will continue their pursuit of 2 in a row at the District16-6A Championship Meet on April 15-16 at Turner Stadium.
“We have a lot more experience coming back from last year,” senior Myles Marshall said. “The field events have been successful this year, looking to go far in the ‘post-season’ and our relays have been doing great. As a team we have grown a lot together and become a lot stronger.”
As much work as the athletes put in, the Mustangs would not go far without their great coaches. The team appreciates Coach Symons and his staff of coaches, they strive to work hard and compete every day to show their gratitude.
“We owe a lot to our coaches, they push us to work hard and we want to compete and hopefully win state for them,” senior Zach Alam said.
Written by Gabe Henderson