By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
Gabriel Oladipo, a senior at Hightower, broke the Texas Relays high school discus record with a toss of 205 feet-1 inch.
The old record was 204 feet-3 inches. Oladipo did even better the week before at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays where he set a personal record and tied the state record of 215 feet-2 inches.
Oladipo has improved greatly since the AAU Junior Olympics held in Humble last June. Oladipo won the discus event with a throw of 192.06 feet.
“This season is really turning out to be special,” Oladipo said. “And I think I have a lot more in me. My goal is to reach 230 feet this spring.”
Oladipo finished third in the shot put with a heave of 62 feet-9 inches. Oladipo has announced his decision to attend Texas A&M University where he intends to study pre-medicine.
Also at the Texas Relays, Travis High School’s John Barber finished fifth in the shot put (58 feet-9 inches) and seventh in the discus (174 feet-8 inches).
The Ridge Point girls’ soccer team, ranked number one in the state, advanced to the regional quarterfinals by beating Cypress Woods 2-1. Ridge Point, 24-0, will face second ranked Cinco Ranch, 21-0-4, on Tuesday.
The Travis boys’ soccer team also advanced to the regional quarterfinals by beating Langham Creek, 4-2. Travis, 17-3, will play Cy-Ridge, 16-5-1, on Tuesday.
“This season’s success is unprecedented for our soccer team.
We have never won district. And as a head coach of 23 years, I have nothing to which I can compare this season. The players, seniors and captains especially, have handled all the challenges thrown at them with maturity. Leadership on the field has made the biggest difference this year,” Travis coach Luke Chauvin said. “Friday night’s game is a good example of our players weathering injuries and unexpected problems with poise. All four goals were scored by four different seniors, with three of them assisted by seniors. And lack of selfishness on the last goal an open goal assist from one player, Dylan Hearrell, who passed up a good shot, to another, Sanad Jalajal, for a better one. This is why we are the area champions.”
The Elkins’ girls’ soccer team lost in the area round to Nederland by a 2-1 score in overtime.
“We have had a wonderful season. It has come with the struggle of having to play our best each night. We are every teams’ ‘big game’ in this district and we always have the target on our back.
It takes teamwork and trust to achieve this,” Elkins Coach Hank Deslaurier said. “We are thankful for our seniors who finish their Elkins career with three straight playoff appearances.
We are eager for the future. Our program will be stronger next year. We will be back at work for next season this week.”
Elkins ended the season with a 19-2-2 record.