AUSTIN — The fourth time, in a brand-new event, turned out to be the charm for Andre Norman.
After making three appearances in the 100 meter dash that included a pair of top-five finishes, including earlier on Saturday night, the Celina senior closed out his career with a silver medal in the Class 4A 200 meter dash at Mike A. Myers Stadium with a time of 21.80 seconds.
“When I came out the blocks I was in a good spot. When I came out the straight I pushed as hard as I could and was able to get second,” Norman said. “It feels amazing to get a medal and go out with something.”
Norman hadn’t run the 200 before the District 11-4A meet. His schedule had been the 100 and on the 400 and 1,600 relays. But in trying to gain more points for the team, he ended up running the 200 and advanced to the area meet. And then the region meet. And then to state.
In fact, Norman had the fastest qualifying time in the 200 at 21.31 seconds.
“I had a little pressure. I was a little nervous,” Norman said. “Just try to get on the podium, that’s all I was trying to do.”
The only competitor to top Norman was Silbee’s Kalon Barnes in 21.48 seconds. Madisonville’s Johnny Simpson was on Norman’s heels for the bronze at 21.90 seconds. They were they only ones to crack 22 seconds.
“The last 30 meters I glanced to my left and my right and when I ducked forward I knew I got second,” Norman said.
Norman almost picked up another medal when he started his night with a fourth-place finish in the 100 meter dash. He was in the mix for the bronze with his effort of 10.73 seconds that was just behind Burnet’s Sterling Galban at 10.69 seconds.
“I’m not going to lie, I was upset about not medaling in the 100,” Norman said. “It was not going to bother me because I knew I still had the 200 left.”
Barnes won the race with a 4A record time of 10.22 seconds.
Last year Norman was fifth in the 100 at 10.89 seconds after making it to state in the race as a freshman.