Hurdler blazes to silver medal; Sprinter earns bronze with 10.69 effort in 100 meters

Bulldog juniors Ian Carter, left, and Sterling Galban, right, each earned a spot on the medal stand following some impressive performances at the UIL State Track Meet on Saturday night. Carter placed second in the 100 hurdles with a 14.20 and Galban placed third in the 100 meter dash with a 10.69.


By Wayne Craig
Bulletin Sports

Burnet was well represented at the UIL State Track meet on Saturday by juniors Ian Carter and Sterling Galban. The two earned state medals and turned some heads with blazing times in their events.
It was the third-straight appearance for Carter who says it’s always a rush to compete at the big show.
“Once again it was a fun experience,” said Carter. “With this being my third trip I was more relaxed and confident stepping up to the line, and I ran an okay race. I can’t wait for next year.”
What Carter calls an ‘okay race’ was a 14.20 110 high hurdle time which had him earning a silver medal in the 4A state competition. First place went to Grayson Grisso, a senior out of Aubrey, with a 14.11, and third place was captured by Remington Crossnoe, a junior out of Bushland, with a 14.21.
Following the race Carter said, “I just love how as a team we work hard and always push to the top to obtain our goals. Our Bulldog family always picks each other up and helps push us when we need that extra step.”
Carter will return to the spotlight in the fall when he steps on the gridiron as a valuable member of the varsity football team. He says he is excited for the season and will continue to train hard for track.
“I can’t wait to get started with football, and for track I’m just going to keep doing my hurdles as well as long jump and triple jump and whatever relay my team might need me for. I’ll always try to do my best in anything they ask me to compete in,” said Carter.
Carter says if he has to pick just one person who gives him inspiration it would be his brother Zack.
“It’s really hard to pick just one person who has inspired me because so many people in my life have, but if I had to pick it would be my brother, Zack. He was an athlete at Burnet and was amazing. I’ve always told myself, I want to be just like him, or better. He always encourages me and gives me support no matter what and pushes me to the best of my abilities. I am truly thankful and blessed to have a brother like him,” added Carter.
Galban also had a fantastic showing at the State Track meet earning a third place finish in a blazing field of 100 meter runners. Galban posted a 10.69 in the event for a bronze medal. The 100 was won by Kalon Barnes, a junior out of Silsbee. His 10.22 set a new 4A record that had stood for 15 years. Roman Turner, a junior out of Hirschi, placed second with a 10.34. The race itself was impressive with the highest time posted being a 10.94.
Galban will join Carter on the football team in the fall as well and has already made big plans that will have him graduating Burnet five months early this December.
“I plan on playing football my senior year at Burnet for the Bulldogs but I won’t be able to run track next spring at BHS. In December I will graduate early so that I can start training to play football at Iowa State University,” said Galban.
“I have really enjoyed my time in Burnet and can’t get enough of competing. I’m excited about my opportunity to play football at the next level and I would like to give a big thank you to my dad and mom who have inspired me to always do my best,” added Galban.
Both junior athletes will now join Burnet’s 7 on 7 team to prepare for the upcoming 2017 football season.

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