By Matt Hill
A stellar high school track and field career ended for Gabby Billiot on Thursday, but she leaves with a lot of happiness.
Billiot finished eighth with a throw of 32 feet, five inches at the TSSAA Class A/AA state track and field meet in Murfreesboro, but it was still a great time in Billiots life.
Billiot won the conference and became the first Lady Longhorn in eight years to compete in the Spring Fling.
Billiot has had people in Mountain City talking about track and field and the accomplishment of reaching state thrilled the senior.
Im not disappointed at all, she said. Im quite happy.
Though Billiot finished eighth, one-through-eight was very tight and the whole competition was competitive.
The competition was a lot different, Billiot said. It was a lot harder. Im glad I went up against those girls. No one really ran away. Im happy.
One person who was very proud of Billiot is her coach, Matt Bray.
It was a great end to a great season, Bray said. First or not going to the state is an honor. Shes come a long way. She said her goal was accomplished and all that hard work and extra practice paid off.
Billiot was able to celebrate this accomplishment by being able to stand on an Olympic-style podium to accept her medal.
Billiot took this experience all in and enjoyed every bit of being at the state meet.
Being able to stand on the podium felt really good, she said. They took all our pictures which was really cool. I was really surprised. Im also in the state championship book for the next three years.
Billiot has made a lot of progress in her track and field career. Every year she continues to get better and now she is one of the best in the state.
The progress started out slow, but now shes an accomplished thrower.
Ive had a good run, she said. As a sophomore I didnt get out of conference, then as a junior I qualified for regionals and now as a senior Ive made it to state. Ive left my mark.
Billiot has a very good chance to throw at the next level and now its a wait and see situation.
I had a coach from Bryan College e-mail me and congratulate me and said he was looking to add throwers and thats the only real letter Ive gotten. Its just wait and see right now.
The season and the school sports for this school year have come to a close with the track program the last one standing.
Its an honor for a team that was really struggling just a couple of years ago.
For complete details please pick up this weeks issue of The Tomahawk, available at local newsstands today!