With its juggernaut 4X200 meter relay team out of the picture, Alto High School athletic director, Paul Gould, said that he wasn't for sure if the large Yellowjacket contingent that qualified for Austin would be able to return home from the UIL Class A, Division I State Meet with the top prize.
For the record, they did as the Yellowjackets accumulated 68 points to get past second place Falls City, who earned 64 points.
“For much of the year our 4X200 relay team had the fastest time in the state,” Gould said. “(But) in the regional meet we had a false start and were disqualified so were not able to compete in the 4X200 at state.
“With the 4X200 team not being able to run, we felt that we would have an outside chance (at winning state), but we knew our times were close to other schools, and to tell you the true, we were unsure.”
Alto proved that there was power in numbers as the Yellowjackets qualified for 10 events in the state championship meet, which took place Friday and Saturday at Mike A. Myers Track at the University of Texas.
“We brought a lot of guys down there,” Gould said. “This has been one of the most competitive group of guys that I have ever been around; that's just their nature.”
Most of the young men that represent Alto in Austin last weekend were also standouts in other Yellowjacket sport(s) such as football or basketball; two teams that had very successful campaigns in the 2013-14 school year as well.
Gold medal winners from Alto included the school's 400 meter relay team (Jaylon Clark, JaVie'Ontae Mumphrey, Jyran Shaw, Anfernee Black) who broke the tape in 41.88 and Clark, who was timed in a lightning-fast 22.27 in the 200 meter run.
Lewis came in second in the 800 meter run, posting a time of 1:59.88 while Berryman was the runner-up in the 300 meter hurdles. His time was 39.23.