AUSTIN — An early case of nerves determined the color of medal for Temple’s Quentin Johnston. One small error kept Holland’s Zoe Spinn from owning a prize of every color. And the second-best effort of Troy’s Alex Falcon is what separated him from a piece of hardware.
Track and field competitions are often decided by the slimmest of margins, and that was certainly the case during Friday’s field events at the UIL state championships.
Johnston, a sophomore high jumper making his debut at the state meet, missed on his very first attempt at the opening height of 6 feet, 2 inches and also needed two tries to get over 6-6. The early misses in the early morning Class 5A event — the first jumper left the ground at 8 a.m. — ended up costing Johnston the silver medal.