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Freddy Garcia brings back gold medal from state track finals

May 18th, 2017 under Sports
(photos courtesy of Reagan Reed) Freddy Garcia wears the gold medal he won in the high jump at the state finals in Austin last week.

(photos courtesy of Reagan Reed)
Freddy Garcia wears the gold medal he won in the high jump at the state finals in Austin last week.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

AUSTIN — Big Bend High Schooler Freddy Garcia won gold at state in the long jump with a winning jump of 22’ 1.5’’, half an inch shy of the state record.

“It is a dream come true for my family and me,” Garcia told the Big Bend Sentinel and Presidio International on his return from Austin.

“Regional track meets were all I knew. This senior year meant I had one last chance to prove to myself I could do it,” he added.

Garcia qualified for state after winning silver during the San Angelo regional meet in April, becoming the first BBHS student to qualify for state. Now Garcia can add another record to his legacy: the first in the school’s history to win a gold medal in athletics.

Garcia’s coach, Reagan Reed, said: “The Big Bend High School Paisanos family is tremendously proud of Freddy’s winning the gold medal at the State UIL Track Meet, and bringing home the first athletic gold medal for Big Bend High School.

“I believe that Freddy’s success in Austin this year will inspire our students to dream without limits. The incredible thing about being a small school is his family, fellow students, Terlingua CSD staff, and our community all share in this win.

With the Austin skyline behind him, Garcia, center, was awarded the gold medal in the long jump.

With the Austin skyline behind him, Garcia, center, was awarded the gold medal in the long jump.

“We have been working toward this goal since the seventh grade when it was clear that Freddy possessed incredible athletic talent at his first track meet. The confidence and execution that this young man demonstrated to win on his first trip to Austin was impressive.”

Garcia went into his final jump in third place. Not only did he jump his first 22’, he came a half inch from tying the 1A state record.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family and friends,” Garcia said, “2017 has been good to me so far. In a few more days I will be finally walking the stage as the State champ.”

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