Silsbee’s Turk going for gold

Photo: Daniel Elizondo, Silsbee ISD

After missing a podium finish by a mere flash last year Darshon Turk is running for gold next weekend in Austin.  The Silsbee senior is primed for a personal best in the 100 meter hurdle competition and is looking for more that just the top spot of 4A hurdlers.

He missed a bronze medal by .03 seconds at last years state meet.

“I want the Silsbee record (14.21) to leave my legacy here at school,” said Turk.

“My goal is to win the goal medal at state and be known as the best hurdler to ever come out of Silsbee.”

It’s been over a year since Turk set his personal best mark of 14.31 but he is peaking at just the right time after suffering through a hamstring injury earlier in the season.

“Im completely healed,” said Turk.

“My body is in top form for the state meet.  I feel I can get below the 14.21 mark.”

Setting a school record should get Turk in possession of the state gold as currently Quentin Zapata of Devine holds the 2019 top time of 14.22 set at the Region 4-4A regional meet last weekend.

Zepata improved on his earlier personal best time of 14.24 at the Medina Valley Panther Relays in February.

Turk is primed physically and mentally heading into the state meet as his first place time of 14.37 at the Region 3-4A meet set his confidence at new heights.

“Im the most confident I’ve ever been heading into a meet competition,” said Turk.

“I didn’t run my fastest time at the regional meet, I held back a bit with my hamstring.  I’ll be running at full speed in Austin.”

Along with Zapata another competitor for the gold medal will be Gilmer’s Parker Dodd who mirrors Turk’s personal best time of 13.37 this year in the 100 meter hurdles.

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