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Track and field: Two Lady Eagles sign with Big 12 schools

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By Steve Gamel / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

ARGYLE — It was almost two weeks ago when Argyle’s Taylor Mueller and Laine Lowry embraced one another on the track at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The seniors were overcome with emotion as the Lady Eagles captured gold in the 1,600-meter relay for the first time at the Class 3A state track and field meet.

The state title was a perfect ending for two stellar four-year careers, and on Thursday Mueller and Lowry shared the stage one last time to sign national letters of intent to run at Texas and TCU, respectively.

“For us to be signing together on the same day, it’s unbelievable,” Lowry said. “Taylor knew she was going to Texas before I got my offer, so when TCU approached me, we found a way to plan this whole ceremony in about a week. The entire thing worked out perfect.”

Mueller and Lowry hold a combined four track records at Argyle. With senior Brooke Robertson and junior Cassi Hargroves, they set a record in the 1,600 relay at 3 minutes, 56.54 seconds and in the 800 relay (1:45.09). Mueller set a record her freshman year with the 400 relay team (49.84) and holds the record in the triple jump (36 feet, 1 1/4 inches).

Before this season, the best finish Argyle had at state in the girls 1,600 was a silver medal in 2012. This year’s race was the fourth consecutive try at gold for Mueller, Lowry and Robertson, and they won in 3:56.70.

Neither Mueller nor Lowry had an offer to run in college until after their final run at state, though both had been accepted to their respective schools. Argyle coach Kathi Olson said Mueller, who also made the cheerleading squad at UT, got her offer while the Lady Eagles were still celebrating at state.

TCU made its offer to Lowry the following Thursday. Lowry also played soccer and volleyball for Argyle.

“When I crossed the finish line [at state], I could not stop crying because I thought we were never going to run again and that our careers were over,” Mueller said. “Then the coach from Texas talked to me right there and made me an offer. I wasn’t expecting it, so I didn’t realize what was happening at first.”

Like Mueller, Lowry said she was prepared to give up track for good and that she was perfectly content so long as she was going to her “dream school” of TCU.

The latest offers were merely icing on the cake.

“It’s been all kinds of crazy lately for these girls, but it came together and we couldn’t be more proud,” Olson said. “They really took it to the next level, and it’s hard to put into words what they mean to this program. I think Laine and Taylor will do really well at the next level because they are so competitive. They truly don’t like to lose.”