Sinast duo represent Yorktown at State Meet
By Robert Proctor
For the first time since 2014, Yorktown High School was represented at the UIL State Track & Field Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin. Siblings Dylan and Kailey Sinast both qualified in hurdles with Kailey narrowly missing out on a medal in her freshman season.
Simply making it to state came down to a wild card selection for Kailey in the 2A girls 100 meter hurdles. She finished third at regionals, and only the top two automatically qualify for state. Kailey’s regional finals time ended up being the best time in the state out of those who didn’t finish first or second at regionals.
“It was pretty exciting when I found out,” she recalled. “I’ve never seen my coach [Irma Gomez] run up to me on the track while I was trying to practice screaming, “I got in; I got in.””
Understandably, the nervousness of competing at state as a freshman got to Kailey right before the race started, but it didn’t effect how she ran.
“From when I got into the blocks, I felt my stomach turning,” she said. “I was really nervous. By the time I got done, past that last hurdle, I was feeling pretty good about my PR [personal record] and coming out fourth and seeded fifth.”
Kailey finished in 15.5 seconds, only 0.17 seconds off the medal stand.
“It was a pretty big deal, because I know I can keep getting better,” Kailey said. “Next year, I’m planning to come out second or first.”
Gomez was equally thrilled with Kailey’s performance.
“It was super exciting, because I know she’s gonna be back,” Gomez said. “She’s that kind of an athlete. She had a really good chance to medal. Obviously, that’s your goal, but she did so well. Top four in the state, that’s pretty darn good.”
For Kailey to qualify as a freshman, it already has her teammates looking forward to future seasons and hopefully joining her at state.
“It is so big, because they’re already talking about what they wanna do next year,” Gomez said. “They know she can do it, but we can come too, so that’s exciting.”
Dylan Sinast didn’t even have the state meet on his track radar, but found himself on the top of the podium at regionals.
“At first, I just wanted to get to regionals,” he said.
Dylan finished eighth out of nine runners in the 110 meter hurdles at state with a time of 15.2 seconds and knows he could’ve done better.
“Getting here is an acomplishment, but I expected myself to do more,” he said.
Doing better is exactly the goal for him heading into his senior season in 2019.
“I wanna medal,” Dylan said. “I really wanna medal. Run your race; just stay in your zone and just focus on you. Don’t focus on anyone else.”