EARLY — Early sophomore Trinity Tomlinson owns a Class 3A silver medal in the high jump, and a Texas Relays bronze medal among all classifications, but she admitted she’s as nervous as ever for her second appearance in the Class 3A portion of the UIL Track and Field State Championships.
“I feel the same way I did the first time. I’m still so extremely nervous, but excited,” Tomlinson said.
She competes at 10 a.m. Friday in the 3A girls high jump, then comes back at 5:45 p.m. Friday to take part in the 3A girls 100-meter hurdles at the University of Texas’ Myers Stadium.
“Trinity, going back in the high jump and going in two events, she’s worked extremely hard,” Early athletic director Blake Sandford said. “We expect nothing less and the cool thing about her is she accepts the challenge. I couldn’t be more proud of her and her work ethic and the way she represents us.
“We’re real proud of her, her coaches, and her accomplishments. Our girls track program has really been climbing in the state in terms of notoriety. Coach (Justin) Moore and Coach (Dale) Trompler have worked hard with all of our kids.”
In the high jump, Tomlinson — the Region I-3A champion — enters with the best state qualifying height of 5-6. That places her ahead of Ingram Tom Moore’s Rosslyn Wright (5-5), Edinburg’s Valery Tobias (5-4), New Boston’s Chloe Davis (5-4), Wall’s Sam Rocha (5-4), Fort Worth Harmony and Nature’s Chailynn Jones (5-4), Howe’s Ally Harvey (5-4), Elkhart’s Madison Crader (5-3) and Winnie East Chambers’ Kelli Silcox (5-3).
She also knows first-hand what happens at regionals has no bearing on the performances in Austin.
“Last year I didn’t have one of the better times, I was further down on the list and finished second, so anything can happen,” Tomlinson said.
Her goal height has alluded her all season, but if she were to clear that mark Friday a state championship would almost certainly accompany the feat.
“I’ve been trying to get 5-8 all year and it hasn’t happened, but I’m hoping for a good outcome this weekend,” Tomlinson said. “I’ve been kind of down on myself, I just need to believe I can do it.”
As for the 100-meter hurdles, Tomlinson has a steeper climb to attain a medal. Her qualifying time of 15:25 trails Spearman’s Alana Holloway (14.84), White Oak’s Kinsey Smith (14.97), Merkel’s Kaydin Pursley (15.13), East Bernard’s Deaundra Smith (15.17) and McGregor’s Chaney Heiner (15.22), while ranking ahead of University City Randolph’s Drew Williams (15.78), Goliad’s Karleigh Hill (15.8) and Pilot Point’s Savanna Hodnett (15.82).
“I’m not going to say hurdles is my main focus, so yeah I was surprised when I got the wild card,” Tomlinson said. “I know all the girls I’ve competed against and it’s always really close. I just have to have good form and believe in myself and try to place.”
If Tomlinson were to bring home a medal, or two, “It would be such a blessing,” she said. “I just want to show all coaches I can do it and try and keep doing it.”
Regardless of Friday’s results, Tomlinson has two more seasons to achieve even greater success.
“I want to set an example for newcomers coming in and tell them that this little town can still bring back some good hardware,” Tomlinson said.