The 2021 TAPPS Track & Field State Meet got underway on Friday morning at Midway Stadium in Waco, Texas and the big distances were eye-popping, even record-breaking.
Let's start with the record-breaker - Ayana Smith of Lutheran South.
The junior took home the TAPPS 5A State Championship in the long jump reaching a distance of 18 feet and 10 inches. That also smashed the previous state record by 5.25 inches, which was set by Houston Christian's Dejean Jaela in 2011.
Second Baptist School got its first state champ of the meet in sophomore Haley Killough. She took home the title in the high jump after clearing 4 feet-10 inches and then beating Lutheran South's Audrey Pfeiffer in a jumpoff. Killough also took third in the long jump, reaching 16 feet and 8.25 inches.
Fort Bend Christian Academy men are off to a stellar start.
Rob Walter, who is signed to play football at Houston Baptist University, won the 5A State Championship in the shot put with a toss of 48 feet and 5 inches. His teammate, David Kasemervisz took home the gold in the 5A long jump reaching 20 feet and 7 inches. He also took fourth in the high jump earlier in the day.
Check out the list below of all the VYPE Campus results from the 2021 TAPPS Track & Field Meet. (Field Events)
6A Men's Triple Jump – Lance Carter, Concordia Lutheran (5th) (40 feet – 0.75 inches);
Oliver Burnette, Concordia Lutheran (8th) (37 feeet-9.25 inches)
6A Women's Triple Jump – Adele Neuhaus, Concordia Lutheran (4th) (33 feet-7.75 inches)
6A Men's High Jump – Ryan Escalante, Concordia Lutheran (6th) (5-feet-10)
5A Women's Triple Jump – Aava Fuents, TWCA (5th) (31 feet-8 inches); Malorie McGee, Lutheran South (6th) (31 feet-7.50 inches); Katie Tucker, TWCA (8th) (29 feet-10.50 inches)
5A Men's Shot Put – Robert Walter, Fort Bend Christian Academy (State Champion) (48 feet-5 inches); Colby Gorman, TWCA (4th) (44 feet-9 inches); Lane Whitney, Lutheran South Academy (6th) (43 feet-11 inches)
5A Women's Shot Put – Catherine Berger, TWCA (2nd) (32 feet-11 inches); Katie Tucker, TWCA (8TH) (28 feet – 9.50 inches)
5A Men's Pole Vault – Bradd Pence, Fort Bend Christian (2nd) (13 feet)
5A Women's Pole Vault – Megan Hanigan, TWCA (3rd) (8 feet); Isla Caudill, Lutheran South (7th) (7 feet)
5A Men's Long Jump – David Kasemervisz, Fort Bend Christian (State Champion) (20 feet-7 inches); Noah Brooks, Fort Bend Christian (6th) (18 feet-7.50 inches)
5A Women's Long Jump – Ayana Smith, Lutheran South (State Champion) (18 feet-10 inches) (New TAPPS State Record – Broke record of 18 feet-4.75 inches from 2011 set by Dejean Jaela of Houston Christian); Haley Killough, Second Baptist School (3rd) (16 feet-8.25 inches); Angel Nwodu, Fort Bend Christian (8th) (15 feet -6.5 inches)
5A Men's High Jump – David Kasemervisz, Fort Bend Christian (4th) (5 feet-8 inches); Solomon Cole, Fort Bend Christian (5th) ((5 feet-8 inches); Roric Hawkins, TWCA (6TH) (5 feet-8 inches)
5A Women's High Jump – Haley Killough, Second Baptist School (State Champion) (4 feet-10)(Won jumpoff); Audrey Pfeiffer, Lutheran South (2nd) (4 feet-10)(Lost jumpoff)
5A Women's Discus – Rachel Bell, Lutheran South (4th) (94 feet-8 inches)
VYPE will continue to update this list with results as they come in.