Run for Dylan: Denton Guyer's Brynn Brown sets a new state record with a gold medal in the 3,200-meter race
A clear favorite from the start, Denton Guyer's Brynn Brown was running for something bigger than herself— bigger than a state title— on Saturday. Brown was running for fallen teammate Dylan Dorrell who died in August from heart issues after a cross country workout with the team. With a motivating motto of "Run for Dylan" all season, Brown was able to push herself throughout the race.
Breaking her own state-meet record of 10:09.91, the North Carolina signee set a new state record in the UIL Class 6A 3,200-meter race with an incredible time of 9:58.77. The senior came up just about ten seconds short of the national record of 9:47.88 set by Katelyn Tuohy in 2018.
BREAKING: Denton Guyer star Brynn Brown sets the new Class 6A and #UILState record by running the 3200-meter race in 9:58.77 | The old record was. 10:09.91 ... set by Brown in 2019. @TXMileSplit @DentonGuyerFB @GuyerGirlsTrack @GuyerBoysTrack @GuyerVolleyball @disdathletics pic.twitter.com/OBVX31Ttql
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With her gold medal on Saturday, Brown will head into college with four state titles under her belt. Brown has two gold medals in the 3,200-meter race, one in the 1,600-meter race, and one in cross country.
Flower Mound sophomore Abigail Counts came up big at the UIL Class 5A state track meet on Friday in Austin, Texas. Not only did Counts win two gold medals and a silver medal, but she set a new state record.
Counts' first event of the day was wheelchair shot put where she rallied after trailing Stevens' Elicia Meairs by less than an inch. Meairs threw for a 17-9 mark before Counts followed with a first-place 17-10.25 throw.
Next, Counts placed second in an extremely close 100-meter wheelchair race. Counts finished with a time of 18.76 just .02 seconds behind Klein Collins' Chelsea Stein. The top three athletes in the 100M race beat the previous state record.
Lastly, Counts became the 400-meter wheelchair state champion with a state-record breaking time of 1:07.80. Counts finished with over a solid three seconds ahead of Klein Collins' Stein.