Carter earns fourth-straight ticket to State; Dawg Track Team does well at Regionals

Wayne Craig/Clear Memories
Looking back it seems like a blur: Burnet senior track athlete, Ian Carter, has done it again. This outstanding young man will be making his fourth consecutive trip to the state meet in Austin to compete in the 110 hurdles. It’s no surprise to those who have followed his track career, nonetheless it’s a remarkable achievement. Many remember seeing this young man on the track for the first time back in junior high, and thinking wow. He’s wowed his cheering section from that point on and not just for his sports achievements. His career in Burnet has flown by in a blur, like most of his races, but Carter is not quite done. In recent weeks he again won district, area, and regionals and now he’s focused on one gold medal that has eluded him to this point. Regardless what happens on May 12 in Austin Ian Carter will leave BHS as one of the most decorated track athletes to ever wear Burnet’s kelly green. His track career will continue at Texas State where he will attend starting this fall on a track scholarship. Watch for more on Carter following the state meet.

By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports

Five Burnet track athletes traveled to Huntsville last Friday to test their skills at the Regional level. When it was all said and done on Saturday evening the Bulldogs brought home a Regional gold and bronze medal as well as lifelong memories of a great track season.

Senior athlete Ian Carter, once again ran an impressive race in the men’s 110 high hurdles. He has been Mr. Automatic all year collecting gold medals each time he steps on the track and Friday was no exception. Carter lined up against the best the region had to offer and still earned a gold medal with a blazing 14.40. The first place finish will have him returning to state for the fourth-straight time, a fitting end to a journey he started his freshman year.

While it seems to be a natural gift for Ian, his success, which includes two regional gold medals, four trips to state, and a silver finish at last years state meet just to name a few, has been a result of hard work and countless hours on the track. He says much of his success is because he strives to be like his older brother, Zack, who was a great athletes during his time at BHS.

“My brother Zack has always been an inspiration for me. I’ve looked up to him since I was little and wanted to be an athlete just like him, or even better, and he was someone I set my goals to catch up to. Even today he can still beat me in the 400,” said Carter.

“I just want to continue to make him proud, and it pushes me to do my best, I want him to see the work I put in, and know I work as hard as I do for him,” added Carter.

With state on his mind Carter said he has a lot of people to thank for helping him get to where he is.

“I just want to thank everyone who has supported me during my high school career. I have a lot of memories here in Burnet and I wouldn’t have wanted to be a part of any other program. Burnet has a great tradition of winning and showing how hard we work, and I have been blessed to be a part of it. I’m hoping I can run my best race and bring back a State Gold for my community. It’s been a dream of mine since I started running track and I’m going to do my best to make it happen. Thank you Burnet. Bulldog for life,” said Carter.

Carter also participated in the 300 hurdles at Regionals and placed fifth with a 39.77.

Lady Bulldog junior, Trynadee Greenwell, also collected some shiny hardware at Regionals. Greenwell placed third, one spot out of a state qualification, in the 3200 meter run with a 11:55.23.

State qualifiers in the 3200 included Maddison Holm, of Orangefield, who ran an 11:41.53 for first; and Meagan Riley, of Llano, who ran an 11:44.75 for third.

On Saturday Greenwell raced in the mile event and placed sixth with a 5:39.

Also representing Burnet at Regionals was senior, Seth Carpenter who finished seventh in the shot put.

Jordan Godfrey, senior, posted a 5’10 high jump earning him ninth at Regionals.

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