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Matagorda County athletes claim three medals at state

By MIKE FORMAN
May 16, 2012 at 12:16 a.m.

Tidehave's Karissa Wiley clears a 5 foot 5 inch tall bar in the high girls 2A high jump on Friday, May 11, 2012 at Mike A. Myers Track and Field Stadium in Austin. Wiley finished second.

AUSTIN - Shaniya Mitchell finished third in the high jump at the Region III-4A meet and wasn't sure if she would qualify for the UIL Track and Field State Championships.

But the Bay City freshman's jump of 5 feet 6 inches was good enough to earn the wild card spot.

Mitchell made the most of her opportunity by finishing in a three-way tie for third place.

"I was very surprised," she said. "I didn't know if I was going to make it or not so when they told me my mouth dropped."

Mitchell was one of six Matagorda County athletes to compete at Mike A. Myers Stadium and three earned medals.

Along with Mitchell's bronze, Tidehaven's Karissa Wiley won a silver medal in the Class 2A high jump and Van Vleck's Kalvin Singletary captured a bronze in the Class 2A discus.

Mitchell cleared 5-2 and 5-4 on her first attempts. She missed all three of her attempts at 5-6, coming extremely close to getting over the bar on her second jump at the height.

"I think I could have done better," Mitchell said. "I think I could have done 5-6 if I would have tucked. But as a freshman, I'm happy with myself."

Wiley came into the meet seeded third, but cleared 5-5 and finished second thanks to fewer misses at 5-4.

"I was expecting to be more nervous," Wiley said. "I was nervous, but not as nervous."

Wiley was happy with her performance in her first trip to the state meet.

"I thought I did well," she said. "I'm very proud."

Singletary qualified for the state meet last year and finished seventh in the Class 2A discus. He improved to third with a throw of 159-2.

"At first I wasn't throwing too well," Singletary said. "I was a little discouraged but after a while I just relaxed and told myself I can do this and I asked God just to be with me and I ended up getting one good throw."

Singletary also finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 52-1.25.

Palacios' Anthony Garcia finished fourth in the pole vault with a season-best effort of 15 feet.

Van Vleck's Melea Polk placed sixth in the girls Class 2A 400-meter dash in a time of 59.85 seconds.

Palacios' Heather Fort finished seventh in the Class 3A girls triple jump. Fort jumped 35-4.75.

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