Competitors Gear up for District UIL

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Science coach Duane Walton works with juniors Braden Heizer and Ferris Turney at the Mannsfield practice meet. The two will compete at UIL district on the 28th.

Zach Jones, Staff Writer

UIL competitors are currently preparing for the UIL District meet held at the high school on March 28 and OAP March 2 and 3.  LHS was the 5A state champion in 2017 and 2018, and students are working towards the goal of another state championship.

“I am very excited for the UIL district meet because I have an awesome team,“ journalism sponsor Neda Morrow said. “They have worked all year long across different events and practice meets and work almost every single afternoon in their events.”

For the past year our district competitors matched skills against local students from Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Royse City, Sulphur Springs, and Texarkana High School.

“We have a lot of very good competition in our district,” math sponsor Meredith Herren said. “I’m hoping that our students can come out on top in the end.”

UIL teams meet after school a number of days each week to prepare for the district competition. Competitors also sacrifice a number of Saturdays throughout the year at practice meets to test their abilities in their respective events.

“I meet most Wednesdays in Jarman’s office,“ junior Jeffrey Ptak said. “It’s a long and tedious process as we prepare for district, but I think we have a real shot to do well this year.”

This will be the last year Lindale competes in the 5A division at district after the recent UIL reclassifications. Next year brings a new wave of competitors with Lindale moving to the 4A division.

“The UIL math and science events are some of my favorite extracurriculars,” junior Braden Heizer said. “I love the competition and the ability to challenge myself and test my knowledge against students from other schools.”