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May 13, 2014

UIL STATE TRACK AND FIELD MEET: A leap to remember

Walker finishes third in the state in Class 3A high jump

BROWNSBORO — Mission accomplished.

Brownsboro freshman Amber Walker picked up a podium finish in her first trip to the University Interscholastic League state track and field meet on Friday in Austin.

Walker finished third in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches.

“I missed my first two jumps,” Walker said. “I was able to make the 5 foot, 6 mark on my third jump.”

Track coach Fred Griffin said for Amber to go in as a freshman and make the podium was impressive.

“I thought Amber went down and represented us very well,” Griffin said. “I don’t know if a lot of people know this but that was the first track meet that Amber lost. She won all five track meets that we went to and she was the district champ, area champ and regional champ.”

Griffin said Walker had a chance to finish tied with senior Morgan McKee from Midland Greenwood at 5 feet, 7 inches but she clipped the bar.

“She was beat out by two seniors and I never thought she let the pressure get to her,” Griffin said. “It is nice to know that as a freshman  she can go down there and has a chance to go back.”

The winning jump came from Bridge City junior Alexus Henry with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches.

Walker said she believed she was as good as her fellow competitors.

“There was some good competitors with some that had been there before so they knew what it was like,” Walker said. “They had experienced it before and they were good but it was tough.”

With Walker only being a freshman, Griffin said the coaches will work with her to gain some muscle during the off season.

Griffin said that will help her with her in volleyball as the Bearettes move into a new 4A district next year.

Walker has said she will spend the off season working on specific areas of her high jumping ability.

“I need to work on everything,” Walker said. “Mainly, I need to work on explosion and getting my speed up to carry me over the pole.”

She also said her first trip was one she will not forget.

“It was an amazing experience,” Walker said. “The emotions have kind of come but not really at the moment. I can not believe that I did that well at state. I knew that I was as good as them and I had a chance that I could do it.”

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