Entering the 2019 playoffs, Melbin Barahona saw the challenge standing in the way of his team – the No. 1-seed The Woodlands out of District 15-6A.
His fourth-seeded Aldine squad was looking to make it back-to-back trips to the area round but would have to upset a state power to do it.
A 1-0 victory secured that upset and started an improbable run in the 2019 playoffs for the Mustangs.
"First, I was happy we made it through the first playoff game," Barahona said. "I could not believe it. I even talked to my wife about it. I was not expecting them to make it after the first round. It was amazing for me to go through this with these guys."
Barahona, who is in his sixth year at Aldine and 10th overall in the district, watched as his team rallied and reached the Regional Finals for the first time since 2015.
Aldine rolled through the likes of Cypress Lakes, Langham Creek and Sachse. In the Region II-6A Final, Aldine fell short to College Park to end its season.
This was the second time one of Barahona's teams has reached this round at Aldine and this one had that special factor.
"It was great with that team, but this team had something else," Barahona said. "They had that 'Cinderella' feeling. That's how everything went and they just started playing better and better."
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AUSTIN – As Matthew Boling made his way across the infield grass inside Mike A Myers Stadium, a police escort followed on his left hip.
Boling, the 18-year-old track phenom from Strake Jesuit, has seen his fame grow nationwide in the past two weeks after posting a sub-10-second time in the 100-meter dash.
“I knew I'd start getting more attention because it's more of a spotlight race but I didn't think it'd be like this," Boling said after breaking the national record on Saturday.
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The attention around Boling started at a meet after Spring Break when he posted a time of 10.22. Then his time continued to get lower and lower.
What is crazy is Boling had never run the 100-meter dash before this season.
As more videos surfaced on social media of his races, the attention around the Georgia-track signee exploded.
Boling currently has 13,900 followers on Twitter and another 65,800 followers on Instagram.
“It was hard at first because I would look at everything everyone would say," Boling said about processing the attention. “Then I just started turning off my notifications."
As Boling stepped up to the blocks, every fan in the stadium rose to their feet and pulled out their phone to capture what was a new national record.
“Whenever I look up and see the crowd starting to video and watching it gets me hyped," Boling said. “That's what I love about the 100. Everyone comes to watch it and it's really fun."
With him in the blocks, Boling went through his normal pre-race routine the line of cameras posted at the end of the track could be heard firing off hundreds of pictures with his every move.
Then Boling posted a 10.13 race time, breaking the national mark by two-hundredths of a second.
“The whole build up and anticipation was a lot of adrenaline but it was really fun," Boling said.
The craziest part of this entire journey for Boling has been when people would say he came out of nowhere.
“It's weird too because I ran really well in the 400 last year and no one noticed," Boling, who took silver in the 400-meter dash last season, said. “As soon as I started the 100, everyone is like he came out of nowhere."
Moments after posting the fastest time in the history of high school sports, Boling admitted he cane still get faster.
“I definitely think I can still grow," Boling said. “My acceleration phase is going really well right now but I still think I can grow in my start. That could definitely get me under 10.1."
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AUSTIN - When Remon Smith took over the Klein Forest men's track program three years ago, he told the then-freshman that if they stuck with him they would be state champions.
On Saturday, Smith lived up to that promise.
Klein Forest scored 42 points as a team, took silver in the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays and claimed the program's first-ever Class 6A Men's Track & Field Team State Championship.
"It's a great honor," Smith said. "The guys have worked hard. These guys have been coached for the past two or three years. We'd get to regionals and come up a little short. This year they came with the mindset of 'we're going to finish the job' and those guys put in the work since day one. They accomplished the job.
"They finished what they started."
The scoring started for Klein Forest in the field events with Maurice Westmoreland taking fifth in the shot put and fourth in the discus.
In the end those points proved to be a huge difference between first and second.
"Those points were huge," Smith said. "Him in the field all year has been clutch."
Then the big points would come from the relay teams.
The 4x100-meter relay took silver with a time of 40.49 and then the 4x200-meter relay would also grab silver with a time of 1:24.13. The pair of second place finishes gave Klein Forest 32 of its eventual 42 points.
"I'm excited," Auhmad Robinson said. "Hard work since my freshman year. It happened my junior year."