You’ve heard of the flying v, well Taylor has the flying three. Christian Rohlack, Montana Welch, and Lakaysha Davis all advanced to the state meet scheduled for May 6-8 at the University of Texas at Austin at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Rohlack finished sixth in 400-meter with a time of 51.72 but stood top duck in the 800-meter with a time of 1:59.12.
Welch finished regional champion in the boys pole vault with a height of 15-3. Davis placed second in the discus earning her trip to Austin with distance of 119-03. She also finished seventh in the shot put with a distance of 35-04.75.
Lily Vega finished 14th in the girls 3200- meter with a time of 13:40.53. the 4x400-meter relay team of Blake Whitlow, Jackson Meller, Ben Roberts, and Jayson Saucedo finished fourth with a time of 3:29.25.
As congratulations are in order for our state qualifiers, they Davis, Rohlack and Welch each shared their thoughts on the 2021 season and their time involved with track and field at Taylor.
Everything in life has its challenges and student athletes are no different facing them.
“Trying to maintain school, sports, and other extracurricular activities I’m involved in,” Davis said has been her greatest challenge.
Rohlack, the underclassman of the three, has also faced challenges.
“I would say a challenge for me was a coaching change. I thought of myself as a distance, one mile runner, and have transitioned into a sprinter,” Rohlack said.
For Welch COVID-19 was somewhat of a healing period.
“Injuries have been a huge deal for me,” Welch said. The hamstring blew before state sophomore year and it kept pulling and pulling. It ended up being I think a 15% tear, and that went right into COVID. It was a struggle to come back and get back into shape.”
For Welch, a win at state is something he has become accustomed to. For Davis and Rohlack they both responded that if they were to win state, they would cry tears of joy, however, making it this far is an achievement in itself.
“I always wanted to go to state in something,” Davis said.
Looking to the future Welch is to attend Texas A&M University this fall majoring in Engineering. Davis has her sights set on Tyler Junior College with a major in Kinesiology. As for Rohlack he will continue his high school journey.
As he approached his final vault Welch took a moment to remember a fallen friend, Elgin’s Willie Simmons III, who was tragically killed in Austin earlier this month. He also closed with a final thought of words for the future Taylor athletes.
“One town, one team, one family,” Welch said.