Karlea Duhon, 18, of Tyler is heading south this week to try and win a couple state championship medals in track and field.
The Chapel Hill student qualified for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) state meet, which begins Thursday in McCallen. It will take place over four days at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Duhon is one of several East Texas Track Club athletes who will be aiming for glory this week.
“Most of our team qualified (for state), so we are happy with that,” said ETTC coach Barbara Granberry. “The kids are excited. We are going to be going against kids from all over the state of Texas.”
Granberry said she is keen to see how well her 16-and-under 4x100-meter relay performs. The team is made up of Mikalah Brown, Arianna Frater, Lekenya Mass and Yolana Wade.
“They are all from New Diana and competed together at the state meet,” Granberry said.
Granberry said youngster Kaiti Kelly qualified for the Junior Olympics next month and is slated to compete in four events in McCallen.
Looking to make an impact on the boys’ side of things for East Texas Track Club is Aaron Waddell, who qualified for state in the 400 and 800 meters.
To see complete meet results, go to www.taaf.com .