AUSTIN — As he watched his competitors from Lampases and Tyler Chapel Hill clip the bar Saturday, Spencer McCloud tried to hold his emotions together.
“After I got 6-8, watching the other two guys I wanted the best for them,” said the Argyle senior. “But when they missed and I knew I had the gold medal, I wanted to smile. My emotions were everywhere. I wanted to run around, jump around and roll around. When you know you’re a state champion, it’s a great feeling.”
It’s a feeling he enjoyed for a second straight year. McCloud closed out his high school career, climbing to the top of the podium for a second time to claim a gold medal.
The Argyle senior cleared 6 feet, 8 inches in the Class 3A final at the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships at Mike Myers Stadium. It’s the stadium he’ll compete in next year, jumping for the University of Texas.
“The second time is crazy,” McCloud said. “Coming out, your adrenaline is pumping. After winning last year, all I wanted to do was come down and win again, and I did.”
McCloud was perfect, clearing 6-7 and 6-8 without coming close to the bar. After Lampasas’ Shonderius Howard and Chapel Hill’s Jeffery Minor missed 6-8, McCloud secured the title. He took three unsuccessful tries at 7-0.
“We’ve been practicing the last few weeks with nothing under 6-6,” McCloud said. “I got 6-10 earlier this year and at the meet going for 7, I hurt my ankle. I was out a couple of meets. This was my third or fourth meet back. I was trying to get over that 7-foot mark, but I got the gold.”