Holliday’s Hannah Spears cruises to 3,200 meter state title defense

AUSTIN – Hannah Spears did a double take as she started the third lap of Thursday’s 3,200-meter run at the UIL State Track Meet.

Spears was expecting to see her time and split on the big video board at Mike A. Myers Stadium but instead saw the colored bars typically associated with a television station having technical difficulties. After her fourth lap, the colored bars were replaced with the 800-meter relay times of a recent meet hosted by the University of Texas.

In a sense, it was like running blind. Spears knew she was in first place. That was clear to everyone in the stadium.

Spears easily defended her Class 3A girls 3,200-meter state championship with a time of 11:03.72, leading from start to finish. The Holliday senior lapped three runners and bested her closest competition by almost 13 seconds.

Holiday's Hannah Spears takes first in the Girls 3200 Meter 3A during the UIL State Track and Field meet, Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin.

Boyd’s Tania Ramirez (11:16.48) edged Wallis Brazos junior Esmeralda Garcia (11:16.98) for second. Holliday junior Jaycee Lyons was in second entering the final lap but fell back to fourth on the final curve, settling for fourth at 11:17.96.

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“This was my first ever state championship last year, so this one means a lot to me,” Spears said. “Coming back and defending this means a lot to me.”