A dream come true.
For Trinidad sophomore Heather Monroe, she still can not believe she will be headed to the Division II-A state track and field meet on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on Saturday afternoon.
Monroe will be throwing the shot put at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in her first trip to the state meet.
She said it will be interesting to see how she responds to the size of the crowd.
“It still feels like a dream,” Monroe said. “I never would have imagined getting to go and I do not know how I will be when I step in there and see how big it is and see all of the people and the talented athletes there will make it amazing.”
She will be heading to the state meet along with senior teammate Dustin Bannister — who is competing in the high jump at 2:30 p.m. today.
She comes into the state meet after throwing her best throw of the year at the Class A regional meet at Bullard High School on April 25-26.
Monroe threw 34 feet, 9 inches to place her in eighth place among the nine throwers in the competition.
“Last year, I could not even hit 30 feet and I have come such a long way, which I never thought I could hit 34 feet,” she said.
She said the journey to the state meet was one she will never forget.
“In prelims, that third throw got me in to the finals. Once I got to finals, my second throw was a throw that I have never thrown what I threw in,” Monroe said. “My best throw had been a 32-5 and at regionals, I don't know how I did it but I threw a 34-9 which is big for me.”
Monroe said she was concerned about a thrower from Milford as she followed her during the regional meet.
“The girl from Milford scratched on her last throw and that is when I realized I was going to state. I started crying and it was crazy for me to realize that.”
Coming in to the state meet, the No. 1-seed from Lometa in Tricia Williams has thrown 44 feet, 3 3/4 inches.
To reach a podium finish, the third place throw coming into the state meet has come from the arm of Chireno's Justice Lockett at 39 feet, 3 inches.
“I know the girl sitting in first has thrown a 44 and I think the rest of the girls are pretty close,” Monroe said. “I have to at least throw what I did at regionals to have a chance to compete.”
Monroe said having the opportunity of making it to the state meet is an accomplishment for her this year.
“For me, just getting to go is special for me. I hated shot last year and that is something that I have focused on,” she said. “No matter what happens on Saturday, I am going to come out of it knowing that I have improved so much.”
Below is the finalist list for the state meet with their qualifying throws.
Name School Throw
T. Williams Lometa 44-3 3/4
T. Posey Rotan 41-3 1/2
J. Lockett Chireno 39-3
S. Silva Rochelle 37-10
A. Lozano Balmorhea 35-11
M. Mounsey Follett 35-8 3/4
B. Gilpin Blum 35-8 1/4
H. Monroe Trinidad 34-9
K. Gipson Aspermont 34-5
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