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Herpin, Kubicek qualify for state meet

April 28, 2019 GMT

It’s nice when you can be near the end of your sophomore year in high school and actually be considered a seasoned veteran.

Dawson’s Chrystal Herpin, a two-event state qualifier last year in the shot put and discus, repeated that feat Friday and Saturday at the Region III-6A track and field meet at Challenger Columbia Stadium.

In winning the shot put on Friday, Herpin did so in record-setting fashion.

Not only was her winning effort of 47 feet, 5 inches a personal best, but it also established a school record.

However, the most eye-opening aspect of her performance was that she won the event by 4 ½ feet.

“That was fun,” Herpin said. “There was just an intensity I had. My previous best was 46-4. Next week, hopefully I can get to 48 or 49 feet, and when state comes around, I’d like to hit the big five-0.”

Zoe Shanklin of Katy Tompkins finished second at 42 feet, 11 ½ inches, a very respectable heave, but Herpin was in a class by herself.

Saturday, in the discus, Herpin actually trailed momentarily before uncorking her winning throw of 154 feet, 10 inches and along with another effort which exceeded 152 feet.

She won that event by more than 11 feet.

“I was a little disappointed in the discus because it wasn’t my PR (personal record),” Herpin said. “But I’m still happy…it was decent.”

Herpin and the other competitors threw into a gusting wind which can play havoc in the discus.

“Sadly, if you don’t get the discus flat, it’s not going to go,” Herpin said. “I got a few good ones off so that’s fine.”

Herpin has also been on the big stage once this season, competing at the Texas Relays where she finished third in the shot put while winning the discus with a career-best throw of 160 feet, 7 inches.

“We want 175 feet by state,” Herpin said. “I’ve got two weeks to trains so we’ll see. Going to state again means a lot.

“As a freshman, it was a lot for me last year. State didn’t go as well as I wanted so I’m glad I have another opportunity to go and redeem myself.

“Going to state last year should help me this time since I already know the vibe of the whole track meet. I’ll be more calm and collected.”

Pearland’s Alex Kubicek also advanced to the state meet Saturday, finishing second in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet.

She was second to Clear Creek’s Olivia Lueking, who cleared 12-3.

Kubicek will be making her second straight trip to Austin.

tdunnam@hcnonline.com