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K-Park track star Carter Floyd disqualified at state

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Senior Carter Floyd at the state sendoff for track on Nov. 11.

Senior Carter Floyd at the state sendoff for track on Nov. 11.

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Senior Carter Floyd at the state sendoff for track on Nov. 11.

Katey Searcy, Staff Reporter

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This past weekend K-Park State qualifiers traveled to Austin to compete in the UIL state meet. The district meet was held at the University of Texas, May 11 through the 13th 2017.

Carter Floyd, a senior at K-Park, qualified to run in the 1600 at state with a time of 4:18.87 at the regional meet.

Carter had hopes of finishing his senior year on a high note by taking home the gold, especially with all the hard work he put in to make him and his body ready for state.

Floyd had the fastest time at state in the 1600 with a time of 4:16.86. He was awarded with a gold medal, but several minutes later the officials revoked his first place title.

“If they would have disqualified me right when it happen, instead of giving out the awards first then deciding to disqualify me, I would have understood it a little more,” Floyd said.

Floyd was disqualified from the top spot after interfering with a fellow runner rounding the last stretch of the track.

“I knew that I cut him off, and I did feel kinda bad about it,” Floyd said. “But I didn’t think it was nearly bad enough to get disqualified.”

Michael Abeyta from Hanks High School in El Paso was awarded the first place medal with a time of 4:17.86.

“I still won in my heart” Floyd said.

Although Floyd did not get the gold medal he had hoped, Mrs.Taylor 3-D printed him a medal to wear around all day.

With this being the last high school meet Floyd will ever run in, he had high hopes to finishes his high school career on top. But this loss isn’t stopping Floyd from proudly attending and running at Pomona College in Claremont, California this fall.

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