The Lady Bucks will have experience on their side in Austin and head coach Kim Dieterich hopes that it will payoff for the team.
“We were one of the top teams last year and had girls in five events and this year we have girls in six events.” said Dieterich. “I think our times, heights and distances are a little bit more comparable than they were last year. So our goal going into the state meet is to have a chance at being one of those top teams in the state.”
“If everyone competes like they are capable of competing, I think we will have a good chance,” said Dieterich. “At this point in the season, it's hard to get very much faster. But we have been working on getting our hand-offs on the relays perfect since the regional meet to get our times down a little bit.”
Dieterich says the atmosphere at the state meet is completely different compared to the regional meet.
“Even though we had quite a bit of competition at the regional meet, the state meet is a whole different monster,” Dieterich said. “You go down there (Austin) and the adrenaline is pumping and that pushes you. Last year we went down there and took a ton of time off of our mile relay and it was because it was the state meet. We are going to go do our best and hope everyone performs their best and it gives us a chance to win.
The Lady Bucks will have six members competing at the meet including five returners.
Seniors Landre Griffin and Hanna Singleton will make their fourth straight trip to Austin by competing in the 800 and 1,600 meter-relays.
Joining Griffin and Singleton on the relay teams will be sophomore Emma Davis and Junior Madi King. Davis also will compete in the long jump competition after a second place finish at the regional meet on April 26.
Junior Nocona Swindell will compete in the 100-meter hurdles and pole vault competition following a first place finish in both events at the regional meet, while Carri Yarbrough will compete in the high jump.
The 1,600 relay is the second seed heading into the meet with a qualifying time of 4:03.36, behind Dallas Hampton Prep, whose qualifying time was 4:00.81.
The 800 relay race has all the makings for a close race as just four seconds separates the first seed and the final seed. The Lady Bucks go into the meet as the eighth seed with a time of 1:45.43. Rosebud-Lott has the fastest time at 1:41.44.
Swindell has the sixth quickest time in the 100-meter hurdles with 15.38 seconds, while Ashtin Zamzow of Goliad holds the fastest time with 14.52 seconds.
Swindell's 11-0 qualifying vault from the regional meet puts her in the seventh place seed with Caroline Bellows of George West having the highest qualifying vault at 12-0.
Davis is the third place seed in the triple jump with a jump of 37.113/4. Chadnee Knox of Omaha Pewitt had the best qualifying jump at 38-21/2.
Yarbrough is the eighth place seed with a jump of 5-4, while Whitesboro's Lauren Purdom holds the number one seed at 5-7.
Yarbrough will compete in the high jump at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, while Swindell will compete in the pole vault at the same time. Davis will take to the triple jump competition at 12:30 p.m. to round out the field events for the Lady Bucks.
The 100-meter hurdles will begin at 6:45 p.m., while the 800 relay will start at 7:25 p.m. and the 1,600 meter relay will compete at 9:05 p.m.
To view a complete schedule of the state meet visit the UIL website at www.uiltexas.org.