Lady Panther Ta’la Spates took her speed to the Texas Relays on Saturday, March 31, and left Mike A. Myers Stadiumwith a third-place finish in the 100-meter race.
The Texas Relays boasts some the best competition in the country, with over 7,000 participants in the different track and field events.
“I thank God for giving me the great experience, it’s a great experience to compete against top athletes in Texas and to be able to do well,” Spates said. “It’s a very prestigious meet and I enjoyed competing there and being in the same atmosphere as the college and professional runners.”
Lady Panthers Head Coach Trent Ellis is excited about Spates’ results but said it doesn’t directly translate into the same results in the State Championship Meet, which will happen May 3-5, 2018, at LSU.
“The factors are a lot different in the State Meet. We have to qualify for district, to regionals, to state, and she will be running many more events, all within a two to three-hour time frame,” Coach Ellis said.
Ellis said Louisiana boasts a lot of good talent, many of whom could have placed at the Texas Relays if they had competed.
“I truly believe that Ta’La can run with anyone in this state,” Ellis said.