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Guyer freshman nearly wins gold at state

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Eni Akinniyi – 5th in triple

Brynn Brown – 2nd in 1600m

Christalee Kirby – 6th in shot put

 

Guyer’s Brynn Brown was so close to winning a gold medal, but she is counting her blessings because she could have easily not finished on the podium.

The freshman rounded the curve and approached the straightway of the last 100 meters of the mile and was nearly tripped, but she recovered and rushed to the line to finish second in a time of 4:54.36.

“I’m definitely happy, but not satisfied,” Brown said. “I was not expecting to trip, but to catch myself and finish second — I’m proud of that.”

 Her coach agreed.

“[Brown] is one of the toughest athletes I’ve ever had in a program,” Guyer girls coach Megan Hardesty said. “She’s strong, confident and took a full step off the track and recovered. She could’ve easily not finished on the podium.”

Brown was a highlight for Guyer as she and teammates Eni Akinniyi and Christalee Kirby competed at the state track and field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Akinniyi placed fifth in the triple jump, and Hardesty could not be more proud of the senior, who jumped 40-2.

“Eni was only one inch off her personal best after scratching on five of her six attempts, and we live and die by one attempt,” Hardesty said. “She was a little emotional as a senior knowing this was the last time she’d represent Guyer, but she competed and kept calm when things didn’t go her way.”

 As for the sophomore Kirby, she placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 40-8. Kirby displayed sportsmanship and good character throughout the meet.

“She has time to work on her craft and knows how tough it is to get [to state],” Hardesty said. “I’m looking forward to seeing her get better over the next couple of years.”

Overall, Hardesty was proud of the competitiveness each athlete displayed in the meet at Texas.

“There were bittersweet moments, and exciting moments, but they all would’ve liked to come home with a medal,” Hardesty said. “Each knows the commitment and effort it takes to reach and compete at a high level at state.”

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