The Summer Creek Bulldogs Track and Field program hasn’t been around long but already has established themselves as an elite program. After capturing the 2013 Track and Field State Championship, they won their 3rd consecutive district title in 2014. The boy’s head coach, 2013 Texas High School Track and Field Coaches Association Coach of the Year Shelton Ervin, is transitioning his program into a new district (16-6A) and a higher classification (6A) which means tougher competition. Even though they have moved up from 4A to 6A it is something that they have anticipated on happening and ready for the challenge.
The boys were gearing up for the Texas Relays in Austin, TX. They currently have two hurdlers that are ranked in the top 10 in the state of Texas. Their 4×4 is also ranked in the top 10 as well as discus thrower Jacob Settle. “We’re taking those guys up to Austin to get a meet against high caliber competition and put them in a position where they can get successful and get better,” Coach Shelton Ervin stated. Damian O’Neil is one of the hurdlers. He just committed to Sam Houston State University and runs the 110m hurdles currently running 14.3 seconds and in the 300m hurdles is at 38 seconds. Jokerious Code is the other 300m hurdler whom has one of the fastest times in the state of Texas. One of the returning members of the state title team, Kristopher Allison, returns to the 110m and 300m hurdles to add on to an already strong group. “We’re pretty strong on the basis of our hurdlers and jumpers this year,” Coach Shelton Ervin mentioned.
The Texas Relays is considered an invitational tournament and is one of the top competitions in the nation with schools from all over the USA competing. At the high school level, athletes that have gone professional can compete in this meet. Around 20,000-30,000 spectators were in attendance. Damian O’Neil placed 9th in the 110m hurdles finals with a time of 14.18 s. Jokerious Code placed 8th in the 300m hurdles finals with a time of 38.04 s. Kristopher Allison placed 16th in the 300m hurdles finals with a time of 39.41s. In the 4×4 White, Code, Lang, and O’Neil finished with a time of 3:17.58 in the preliminary stage. Discus thrower Jacob Settle had a distance of 155-09.25 good for a 12th place finish in the finals.
“We’re Bulldogs. We’re known for fighting, being tough, and in situations where we’re counted out or are underdogs, we rise up. Every situation we’re in is a situation that we can win or be successful.” – Coach Shelton Ervin
Written by Mark M. Johnson