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Wildcats wrap up track season with performances on state stage

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AUSTIN — None of Temple’s trio of athletes garnered a prize at the UIL Track and Field State Championships, but each competitor took something home from Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday night.

Willari Watson took solace in the belief there’s more that he can accomplish. Fellow senior Jemiyah Franklin left with no regrets, and freshman Florin Nita headed north to Temple full of confidence in his ability to compete on the biggest stage.

Watson began the Wildcats’ night by sprinting to a fourth-place finish in the Class 5A boys 100 meters with a time of 10.50 seconds, .01 faster than he ran at the regional meet two weeks ago but .05 out of medal contention and .19 behind champion Caleb Jolivette of Manvel.

“I just couldn’t accelerate like I normally do,” said Watson, who was back at the state meet after running on Temple’s third-place 4×200 relay last year. “I was a little dead-legged today. I think my body’s just tired.”

And there’s more left for Watson, who was approached by a college coach shortly after his race. Following some rest and relaxation, he plans to get back to training while deciding what he wants to do next year.

Click here to read the entire article in the Temple Daily Telegram by Eric Drennan.

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