HIGH SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD

Glenn's Gaby Thomas wins two medals at State Track & Field meet

Grizzlies' Freshman Chloe Coffee finishes second in high jump

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Gaby Thomas is the latest athlete to make Glenn High School history. 

The sophomore won two silver medals — another first for the Grizzlies — at the State Track & Field meet at Mark A. Meyers Stadium. 

“It feels pretty good to be out here my first year being at state and get some medals,” Thomas said. “It’s something that’s the first in history so as each generation comes through the school, I feel like I’m a part of the school.”

The sophomore competed in three events at the meet. She set personal bests in the two field events jumping 39 feet, 4.5 inches in the triple jump and leaping 18 feet, 6.5 inches in the long jump. 

She finished ninth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.21 seconds. 

Glenn will move up to Class 5A next season. Thomas isn’t looking at it as an inconvenience, but rather as a motivation to return to the state meet. 

“I’m really excited to move to 5A, it will be a good push to move on and keep competing,” Thomas said. “Getting to see all the people and the exposure. I have more build off of and I want to get right back here next year.”

Glenn freshman Chloe Coffee joined Thomas at the state meet and finished fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches on her first attempt. 

“I have jumped on the biggest stage and this was so much more nerve-racking,” she said. “I was jumping against girls that hand scholarships to A&M and girls that had jumped four or five inches higher than me.”

With 16 total points scored by Thomas and four by Coffee, Glenn finished 10th in the team competition with 20 overall meet points. 

She qualified for the state meet with a jump that was two inches higher than what she did on Friday night, but she said it showed her what she needs to improve on. 

Coffee competed at the AAU Junior Olympics in 2017, finishing ninth in the high jump and competing in a few other running events. Next for the freshman is the New Balance Nationals meet in less than a month in North Carolina. 

“When I’m trying to do is look at what I need to improve on and that’s mainly trusting myself,” Coffee said. “But also my technique because my approach is fine and I know how to jump high, but it’s now understanding what I need to do in the air and sustain that height.”

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