San Marcos High School senior Allex Austin cleared 7 feet, 1/4 inches to win the Class 5A gold medal in high jump at the 2012 Texas Relays last week.
The state relays was only Austin’s third track meet these season because he played with the high school basketball team through the bi-district playoffs. Austin won second place in 5A high jump last year as a junior.
Standing 6 foot, 6 inches tall, Austin is the son of Olympic gold medalist Charles Austin and Kimberly Corbin, a Miller Middle School teacher.
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“It’s a great feeling,” Austin said. “I had lost last year so I was glad to come out and do a lot better than I did last year.”
San Marcos’ basketball season ended on Feb. 20. Austin began his track season about a month later, at the TSU relays in Houston.
Austin also competed at a track meet in Austin, and on Friday, he bested Killeen senior Victor Glaze by 1.25 inches. Austin, who has not yet signed with a collegiate athletic program, said that his goal was to match his personal best mark of 7-2 — and he missed at 7-3 on Friday.
“I still feel like I can do a lot better,” Austin said. “I still feel like I’m in basketball mode, so I’m just trying to get out of that and get back into track feeling.”
Austin was the lone Central Texas athlete to win gold at the Texas Relays on Friday, although Lockhart’s Nate Moore took home the 2,000-meter steeplechase title on Thursday.