Barbers Hill’s Holland caps high school career with silver

 

AUSTIN – Dalton Holland didn’t know if he’d be able to get back to state in 2019.

At the beginning of the season, the Barbers Hill senior sprained his ankle badly, which forced him to be in a boot for two to three weeks and miss the first half of the track season.

“I had some doubts, I didn’t think I’d be able to come back,” Holland said.

Battling his way back through the therapy, Holland was able to qualify for state for a second-straight year and on Friday the senior left it all on the track.

Holland posted a time of 14.19 to claim the silver in the Class 5A 110-meter hurdles.

“Makes it a lot sweeter victory,” Holland said about coming back to get the win.

In 2018, Holland came to state for the first time and ended up finishing fifth overall, fueling him to come back better this season.

“Last year I was pretty nervous coming in my first year,” Holland said. “This year, I was more calm and under control. I knew what was coming.”

In the end, Holland finished just behind Terry Smith of Frisco Independence, who clocked a time of 13.99 for the state title.

The start was decent but not his best, Holland admitted but felt like he was pretty close to Smith the entire race but just came up short in the end.

Holland felt pride representing Barbers Hill for one last time and bringing a silver back.

“Means a lot,” Holland said. “For track they don’t have a lot of people coming every year, so it’s pretty cool to come back and support our whole school.”

In the end this was Holland’s final race of his athletic career as he will not pursue sports while attending Blinn College in College Station.

 

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