Marble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans stands on top of the podium after her win in the 1,600 meters at the Texas A&M High School Classic over the weekend. She finished in 5 minutes 4.02 seconds. Courtesy photo
STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
New year, same results for Marble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans.
The track-and-field phenom finished atop the podium at the Texas A&M High School Classic in College Station on Jan. 4-5, adding to her extensive collection of medals and accolades.
Goggans, competing for Road Runner Run Club under the direction of former Marble Falls High School girls head track-and-field coach Anthony Torns, won the mile in 5 minutes 4.02 seconds.
It was the first time she competed in the event.
“I thought it was super fun,” she said about running the mile. “It’s different than what I’m used to. I like it a lot. It gave me more endurance. I was very excited. I wasn’t expecting that going into the meet.”
Last track season for Marble Falls, Goggans won the 800 meters at the Class 5A state meet in 2:10.10 and was third in the 400 meters in 55.43.
At the Texas A&M event, she ran in the 400-meter preliminaries and turned in a time of 55.51, a new personal best and the fourth fastest nationally. The winner of that race, Laila Owens, finished in 54.76, which was the top time in the country.
Goggans ran the 400 without much preparation.
“I haven’t done any speed work,” she said.
Though Goggans advanced to the final of the 400 meters, the decision was made to scratch her from the race because there wasn’t enough time for her to recover between that event and the mile.
Goggans wasn’t the only Marble Falls runner to compete.
Junior Jaden Johnson also ran in the mile, finishing in 5:34.76 for 25th overall. Competing in the boys mile were Deveonte Torns, Alex Catalon, and Jett Zurita.
Bryer Atkinson ran in the 2-mile event.
Llano runners Anna Casey, a sophomore, and Meredith Zyetz, a senior, also competed.
“My teammate Jaden and I run together every day,” Goggans said. “She’s an amazing runner, and we push each other to work hard and get better.”
Next up for Goggans and Johnson is the University of Houston’s Carl Lewis High School Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Goggans plans to run in the 800 meters.
“I want to improve my 800,” she said. “I want to run 2:07. (The mile) gives me good training in order to do that.”