Samuel Worley of New Braunfels Canyon High School crosses the finish line ahead of Alex Rogers, left, of UT, and Leo Manzano, right, of Hoka One One, to win the Mile Run Jerry Thompson Invitational at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday April 1, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Texas track and field recruits earn gold and silver at future home

Posted May 14th, 2017


They’ll sport burnt-orange uniforms next year, but three future Longhorns opted to wear gold and silver on Saturday.

New Braunfels Canyon senior Sam Worley, The Woodlands senior Adrian Piperi and Lake Travis senior Megan Rourke each shined at the University Interscholastic League’s Class 6A track and field meet. The trio of Texas recruits combined for five medals, three of which were gold. Competing at Myers Stadium, Piperi also won a team title with The Woodlands.

Running six weeks after he barely missed out on breaking the four-minute mile mark, Worley covered 1,600 meters in 4:02.30. That state-record time beat Southlake Carroll senior Reed Brown, who has signed with Oregon, by 0.19 seconds. Additionally, Worley won the Class 6A 800-meter race with a time of 1:48.25. (The state record in the 800 meters is 1:48.21).

Lake Travis’ Megan Rourke running the 400-meter for girls Conference 6A at the UIL 2017 State Track and Field held at Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium Austin Texas on Saturday May 13, 2017. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN STATESMAN

Piperi won the Class 6A shot put — his third straight win in the event — with a toss of 68 feet, 3.75 inches. He also placed second in the discus. Those top-two finishes contributed 18 points to The Woodlands’ team total, and the Highlander boys beat Richmond George Ranch 60-54 for the Class 6A championship.

Rourke ran two laps around the Myers Stadium track in 2:08.48 to finish second in her 800-meter race. Rourke signed with Texas this past week.

In addition to the track and field standouts, Texas was represented on the UIL’s medal stand this weekend by future football player Montrell Estell. On Friday, the Hooks senior won the Class 3A triple jump. Estell secured gold with a leap of 45 feet, 8.5 inches.

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