Track and Field: Summer Creek girls, boys looking to make state appearance
It’s no secret that Summer Creek has had an excellent year in athletics.
With several programs making school history, it’s time for the track and field teams to take the baton, the team said.
“It raises the bar,” said Summer Creek girls coach Elton Ervin. “(Summer Creek Principal) Mr. (Brent) McDonald is always saying the creek is rising, the same with coach (Kenny) Harrison. Everyone has to step their game up, and now it’s time for the track and field teams to go out and win championships.”
The Lady Bulldogs made it to state last year in three events, which were the 4x100 relay and the 100 and 400 meter runs.
Ervin believes that this group of girls has the chance to win state this season in Austin.
“We have a great capability to get to state,” Ervin said. “Our focus is getting there and winning to be on the medal stand. We want to make it there and make a difference.”
UNLV signee Tianna Randle is back for the Lady Bulldogs along with sophomore Dynasty McClennon. High jumper Alaycia Fitzgerald also returned for her junior season.
The Lady Bulldogs won the Brown Relays in Pasadena and put on a show at the Bubba Fife Relays in Katy. The Lady Bulldogs won the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:38.38 and took home the gold in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:53.26.
Ervin wants to see his group of girls get better for the District 22-6A meet on April 10-11 at Turner Stadium. The boys and girls teams will compete at the meet.
“The key thing is executing,” Ervin said. “We want to make sure that the girls are executing great technique. The girls have done everything we have asked this season. Tianna and Dyansty are showing the younger girls how to go about their business. Whether, it’s their hard work, stretching or mentality on the track. This group of girls can be special. We just have to continue on getting better each day.”
The boys and girls are competing in a new district that has Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Pasadena, Pasadena Memorial, South Houston, Dobie and Sam Rayburn.
“It’s still competitive,” said Summer Creek boys coach Shelton Ervin, who is a Elton’s twin brother. “We have witnessed what the new district is like with football, basketball and baseball. There’s still a lot of good quality athletes that are Division I and Division II with the guys out at Pasadena ISD.”
The boys have been on the medal stand this season.
The Bulldogs won the Brown Relays in Pasadena in addition to the Sam Mosley and Atascocita Invites.
Shelton has seen his band of Bulldogs perform at high level so far this season and wants to push for a state title appearance as well.
“So far, the kids are competing well, they’re training hard and we have had some adversity with the weather,” Shelton said. “The rain hasn’t helped, and we have had to do some indoor training and some work in the pool. But now that Spring is here we’re looking to get more work in on the track.”
The Bulldogs won a district title last season and will be looking to win back-to-back district titles.
Pole vaulter Mason Schrade is back and senior Angel Robles, who throws the shot put will lead the Bulldogs in the field events.
Sprinter Jamison Frazier, Devion Hargrove and Elijah Bean are ready to make in impact this season.
“We want to contend for a regional title this year and get a chance to compete at state,” Shelton said. “We can’t look to far ahead. First, we have to work hard and get ready for district. We have a lot of work to do and we want to make sure we go into district ready and competing at the highest level.”