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Alex Sheppard was asked what was the time of Cuero's Class 3A 1,600-meter relay shortly after receiving his gold medal on Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Sheppard admitted he didn't know the time and it really didn't matter. All that mattered to Sheppard and teammates Brent Johnson, Mason Blaschke and Isaiah Glover was winning the gold medal. The beauty of the UIL Track and Field State Championships is the winner of each event is the best in the state for a year. Sure, it's great to set a state record -- Refugio's James Lott's record in the high jump has stood for 26 years -- but winning, earning a medal or participating is enough for most athletes. The joy felt by the Cuero relay team was shared by Van Vleck's 400 relay team. Even athletes who don't win gold medals, have positive experiences. Industrial's Jesslie Johnston won a silver medal in the Class 2A high jump with a personal-best jump of 6 feet, 7 inches. The state meet was delayed three weeks this year because the threat of the swine flu. As a result, attendance was down and some athletes missed graduation ceremonies at their schools. But for those who participated or fans who sat for hours in the heat, the experience was a memorablel one.