The Langham Creek boys track & field team only had three athletes qualified in four events at the 2017 UIL State Championship. However the Lobos still managed a top ten finish, placing ninth with 18 points. Sixteen of those points came from junior Eric Edwards.
Edwards arrived in Austin intent on becoming a dual state champion in the hurdles. The AAU Junior Olympic Champion came into Mike A. Myers Stadium with the No. 1 qualifying time in the Boys 6 A 110H, 13.35s, and No. 2 time in the 300H, 37.22s. Edwards’ time in the 110H was a personal best for him. But his times put Edwards in a great position to win, or at least medal, in both events.
Edwards single handedly put Langham Creek into the Boys 6A top ten standings with his performance in the 110H. Just short of another PR, Edwards won the race in 13.39s, easily outrunning Dorian Andrews of Dallas Skyline’s time of 13.61s. His win brought the Lobos’ point total to 12 and put them in seventh place at the time.
Later, in the 300H, Edwards improved his time with a 36.69s performance. This was good enough for third as Charles Brockman of Plano outran him by one one hundredth of a second to take second place. Edwards’ bronze medal brought his individual points total to 16, the last points for Langham Creek. Senior Jordan Murray was the only other Lobos athlete to score points for the boys, two points in the long jump where he placed fifth with a 7.08m jump.
But despite Langham Creek not making to podium, Edwards’ performance at state was still a true accomplishment. Very few athletes are able to win at the UIL State Championships, even fewer manage to medal in multiple events.
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