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Baker, Broome, Lindhorst bring home state titles

May 13, 2019

Katy ISD track and field athletes excelled at the UIL state championships, bringing home 10 medals against elite competition.

Paetow junior Johnathan Baker, Seven Lakes senior Lance Broome and Tompkins junior Cole Lindhorst earned the ultimate prize, winning state gold medals May 10-11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Baker and sophomore Tumi Onaleye, who took seventh in the triple jump, secured a place in Paetow history as the school’s first state qualifiers in only its second year in session.

Baker dramatically pulled into the lead on his final attempt, breaking his own personal record by almost two feet with a leap of 24 feet, 10 inches. It was good enough to edge Fort Worth Wyatt’s DeCorian Clark by two inches.

“I didn’t even see this coming,” Baker said. “I was just aiming to be top three for the podium just to get medaled. I came in here and did my best and I got first. It still hasn’t sunk in yet, but it’s good.”

Broome further sealed his place as the fastest sprinter in Seven Lakes history, winning the 200-meter dash and claiming a bronze medal in the 100.

One year after helping the Spartans win the sprint relay championship, Broome ran the only sub-21 in 6A with a 200 of 20.83 seconds. He posted one of the top times in the 100 as well, taking third in 10.40.

Lindhorst had his own championship sprint, running down the leader in the final yards of the 1,600-meter run for the state title.

The Tompkins distance standout posted a 4:07.41, winning the race by merely .06 seconds while edging La Porte’s Ryan Schoppe at the line. Schoppe had already won the 3,200-meter run, in which Lindhorst ran a 9:01.54 for third place and his first state medal.

KISD almost had two state champions in the mile, with Cinco Ranch sophomore Heidi Nielson running a 4:48.71 for her third career state track medal. She finished merely .34 seconds behind Denton Guyer’s Brynn Brown.

Nielson also finished fourth in the 3,200, competing with teammate Sophie Atkinson, one of the few athletes running three individual races, including the 800 and 1,600.

Cinco Ranch junior Michelle Graham made her first state trip memorable, winning bronze in the triple jump with a 41-3 on her third attempt. She also took fifth in the long jump.

Tompkins junior Clayton Keys missed a medal in the long jump by merely a quarter inch, but took home bronze after a 36.87 in the 300-meter hurdles.

KISD continued to display its power in throwing events, highlighted by Taylor sophomore Bryce Foster and Seven Lakes senior Kyle Stulce reaching the medal stand in the shot put.

Foster, who added a bronze medal in the discus at 181-4, heaved 64-3.75 for silver, less than four inches behind champion Patrick Piperi of The Woodlands.

Stulce was the last of three throwers to reach the 60-foot mark, hurling 61-6 for bronze to close an exceptional career.

Both KISD throwers contributed to Houston-area pride in the events.

“The state of Texas itself just dominates every other state,” Foster said. “You can tell. I mean in running events, you have the fastest guy in the nation. Throwing events, I don’t know how many people we had over 60 (for shot put) and how many people over 180 in the discus. Everything was all close together.

“It’s really cool the majority of them were from Houston, but it kind of sucks most of them are seniors because I won’t be able to come back with them next year.”

KATY ISD STATE RESULTS

CLASS 6A

GIRLS

Sophie Atkinson, Soph., Cinco Ranch, 7th, 3200, 10:55.66; 7th, 800, 2:13.60; 5th, 1600, 4:53.42

Michelle Graham, Jr., Cinco Ranch, 5th, long jump, 18-3.75; 3rd, triple jump, 41-3

Daniella Munoz, Jr., Cinco Ranch, 4th, high jump, 5-4

Heidi Nielson, Soph., Cinco Ranch, 4th, 3200, 10:34.62; 2nd, 1600, 4:48.71

Zoe Shanklin, Sr., Tompkins, 8th, discus, 129-1; 8th, shot put, 39-7.5

BOYS

Telron Bradford, Jr., Morton Ranch, 9th, 400, 50.47

Lance Broome, Sr., Seven Lakes, 3rd, 100, 10.40; 1st, 200, 20.83

Adrian Caldwell, Jr., Morton Ranch, 4th, high jump, 6-6

Ben Conacher, Jr., Cinco Ranch, 6th, pole vault, 15-0

Bryce Foster, Soph., Katy Taylor, 3rd, discus, 181-4; 2nd, shot put, 64-3.75

Clayton Keys, Jr., Tompkins, 3rd, 300 hurdles, 36.87; 4th, long jump, 23-9.5

Cole Lindhorst, Jr., Tompkins, 3rd, 3200, 9:01.54; 1st, 1600, 4:07.41

Kyle Stulce, Sr., Seven Lakes, 3rd, shot put, 61-6

CLASS 5A

GIRLS

Tumi Onaleye, Soph., Paetow, 7th, triple jump, 37-7

BOYS

Johnathan Baker, Jr., Paetow, 1st, long jump, 24-10

Staff writer Adam Coleman contributed to this report.