Grapevine Gazelles Qualify for Junior Olympics and TAAF State Games of Texas
Cory Carter, a longtime member of the Grapevine Gazelles Track Club, has qualified for the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics in Wichita, Kansas. Carter, an incoming sophomore at Trinity High School, earned his way to the national meet by jumping 40’ 7 1/2 “ in the triple jump and running the 400 meter hurdles in 58.97 seconds at the Texas State Meet.
Carter also qualified for the TAAF State Games of Texas in the triple jump and 300 meter hurdles, where he is the defending state champion. The TAAF State Meet will be held July 28th through July 31st at Baylor University in Waco.
“We are very proud of Cory’s accomplishments, and he has worked very hard to continue improving his hurdling and jumping techniques,” said Greg Scoggins, founder and head coach of the Grapevine Gazelles. “We have an elite group of hurdlers, jumpers and sprinters, and our coaching staff has enjoyed preparing them for competitions this spring and summer.”
In total, the Gazelles, qualified 11 athletes in 14 events for the state meet. They include incoming sophomore at Grapevine High School, Emily Hart, who won the 100 meter hurdles after qualifying for the UIL Regional meet earlier this spring. Austin Welch, an incoming senior at Colleyville Covenant Christian Academy, placed 2nd in the long jump after earning a silver medal at the TAAPS State meet in May.
Zachary Brown qualified in the 80 meter hurdles. Jerome Lewis, Alyssa Molina and T. J. Shelton earned their way to State in the long jump, with Shelton also going in the high jump with teammate Landon Samson. Cassidy Parshall qualified in the 1,600 meter run, with Rachel Sutliff and Joelle Turney punching their tickets in the 800 meter run. Turney also qualified in the 400 meter dash.
The Grapevine Gazelles Track Club began in 1996 and just completed their 16th season. The Gazelles have crowned numerous State and National champions since their inception, and 23 former Gazelles have earned college athletic scholarships. The team has approximately 60 team members each season.