AUSTIN – Over the course of the spring, Howe sophomore Ally Harvey continued to improve in the high jump.

At the start of the season, her best attempt didn’t reach five feet. Her year ended with an appearance at the Class 3A state track meet on Friday, May 11, at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Harvey placed sixth by clearing five feet, two inches. Early sophomore Trinity Thompson won the gold at five feet, seven inches while Ingram Moore’s Rosslyn Wright was the runner-up at five feet, four inches on a tie-breaker over Wall’s Sam Rocha.

“It was very exciting,” Harvey said. “Some of my friends have been before and told me what it was like. It gives me motivation to keep getting better.”

Those three athletes were the only ones to clear five feet, four inches and Harvey took sixth on tie-breakers with the other six competitors.

“It just wasn’t a good day,” Harvey said. “5-4’s my best, and I thought I could make it. My goal is to get 5-6 next year.”

Harvey jumped the opening height of five feet, making it on her second try, before getting over on her first attempt at five feet, two inches.

Competing at state was a long way from the four feet, 11 inches she started from. After advancing from the District 10-3A meet as the runner-up at five feet, Harvey was up to five feet, two inches at area to qualify for the Region II meet.

She was the Region II champ by continuing her rise, clearing five feet, four inches and earning the tie-breaker over New Boston’s Chloe Davis and Fort Worth Harmony’s Chailynn Jones not only for the region title but one of the two automatic berths.

“Practice and a good coach,” Harvey named as the reasons for her success this year. “Last year I was on JV and wasn’t ready for the varsity. I always dreamed of going to state but I never thought it would be for high jumping.”