HOUSTON - Many athletes strive to get to the State Track Meet in at least one event.
For Fort Bend Christian Academy's David Kasemervisz, one was not going to be enough for the senior signed as a preferred walk-on to Stanford football. In fact, he qualified for the maximum amount of five events at the TAPPS State Track & Field Meet, which began on a drizzly Friday morning.
"It's awesome to be going to state in five events," Kasemervisz told VYPE earlier in the week. "I've always loved doing multiple events. Each event brings a different aspect of technique and competition."
Kasemervisz qualified for state in the high jump, long jump, 400-meter dash, and as a part of the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
"This is a great way to finish off my high school athletic career as I get to have the fullest possible experience at state," he said.
On Friday morning, Kasemervisz finished fourth in the high jump with teammate Solomon Cole finishing right behind him in fifth place for the Eagles.
As for the rest of the weekend, Kasemervisz has four more events to try and win gold in, which his goal for everything is seeking a Top 3 podium finish and repping FBCA with pride one last time.
"I'm very excited to represent FBCA. This shows what a great coaching staff FBCA has," Kasemervisz said. "Coach Minor is track royalty and is a world-class speed coach. Coach A is outstanding at teaching the technical aspects of the jumps. The entire team is very talented as well, our relays are very strong and we are going for the team championship at state."
The FBCA men's track team finished third overall at Regionals last week and seek a top finish at the TAPPS State Track & Field Meet this weekend, which wraps up tomorrow in Waco with the running events.
HOUSTON - Olivia Lueking has done nothing but win.
The Clear Creek senior pole vaulter has won every meet she has pole-vaulted in this season raising her bar height from 13-feet-1 inch to open the season to career-best 14-feet-3 inches a few weeks ago, which is currently No. 1 in Texas and No. 4 in the United States.
At the District 23-24 Area Meet last week, Lueking cleared 13-feet-9 inches to punch her ticket to the Regional Track Meet. With a solid performance this week, the senior is looking to advance to the UIL State Track Meet for the second time in her career. As a sophomore, Lueking went and placed seventh.
The Oklahoma signee also has the opportunity to advance to state in the 300-meter hurdles this week as well after posting a personal-best 42.78 last week at the area meet. That is the ninth-fastest time in the United States and fourth-fastest in Texas. If she advances to state in the hurdles, it would be the first time.
VYPE caught up with Lueking at the VYPE Houston Track & Field Photoshoot back in March. Talked to her about her season, her signing to Oklahoma, and more.