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“I cannot remember a time that Rotan did not go to state in track.” Mickey Early, said after a question was asked regarding how long Rotan had been participating in track at the state level. In 1971, he remembered being the only one that advanced to state when he was a senior at Rotan High School. Mr. Early is not only a former student, but also a teacher, coach, Principal, and Superintendent of Rotan ISD. It is safe to say that Rotan High School has a long history of sending student athletes to Austin, TX to represent our school at the UIL State Track meet.
This year is not any different. Even though we had quite a few advanced to the Regional track meet this year in running and field events, there was only one who will be going to the state track meet. Senior, Taylor Posey, has competed at the state track meet every year of high school. During her freshman year she ran on the relays and threw the shot put. “I did not throw discus due to having shoulder surgery that previous summer, but that year I broke the school record held by Blanche Gentry with a throw of 36’4”.” She placed 8th at state that year. As a sophomore at the state meet she anchored the Sprint Relay, which helped her team bring home a win. She also broke her previous record in shot put with a throw of 38’2”. She placed 5th at the state meet that year. Her junior year she broke her school record again with a personal best throw of 43’6”! During this year she made it to state in shot put, discus and the sprint relay. We placed 3rd in the relay and she placed 3rd in the shot put and 2nd in discus.
This year she has been participating with a fractured spine and then she tore her plantar fascia during the 800-meter relay at the Aspermont track meet. This latest injury has caused her to have to throw standing in the front from the power position. Although, this year has been difficult for Taylor due to injuries, she has learned a lot. “It has taught me how to be mentally tough. It has made me work a lot harder because I want to win the gold at state. I have also learned to not only keep faith in myself but faith in the Lord. I have been extremely proud of myself for pushing through this injury and not letting it affect me. I have been hitting the weights hard every day and I throw a lot of reps in practice. All of that work has come to play. I’ve been really proud of myself for just standing in the front of the ring and throwing what I have been. I am just standing there and I am right there with the girls who can spin or glide at their full potential.”
Taylor’s goal this week at the state track meet is to throw 40’ from the front and throw over 127’9” (the school record) in discus. She said, “I am really excited! I love the saying ‘You can only do the best you can under the circumstances given to you.’ I am going to do that this weekend, win or lose. I am just going to do my best and have fun, because that’s really what it is all about. I am really excited, ready to compete and to represent Rotan High School for the last time!”
Taylor would like to thank the community, her family, friends, teachers and coaches for supporting her. She would also like to thank her parents, grandparents, siblings, and nieces for being her biggest fans and being at every event. They have loved and supported her through it all. She said, “Words will never begin to explain how thankful I am.”
She would like to send a special thank you to her best friend and biggest inspiration, and one of our most beloved Rotan coaches of all time, her Granddaddy, Ted Posey. “Thank you for supporting me through everything in my life. You take the time out of your day to come up to the track with me and coach me on throwing. You have spent countless hours every day up at the discus and shot put ring working me out. You always know how to give me the right advice, especially when I am down and having a bad day. Words will never be enough to thank you for the memories and time you have given me through track. I am really going to miss you not being there every day next year helping me practice while at college, but I can’t wait to follow in your footsteps at Abilene Christian University!”
Taylor said it was a hard decision trying to decide between ACU and Texas State to continue her track career. But after she visited and really thought about it, she felt that ACU was the right place. She loved the school, the coach, and her future team mates. She will be signing with ACU in a few weeks. She is planning on throwing the shot put, discus, hammer weight and possibly the javelin in college. She is also going to major in Nursing. She knows it will not be easy, but she is ready for the challenge and to begin this new chapter in her life. Taylor said, “I cannot wait to get better and to see my success as a person and as an athlete!”
Taylor does have some parting advice for all the kids still in school…”Your dreams and your goals really do come true when you work hard for what you want. There are times when your going to have terrible practices or games, but do not get down on yourself. Take it day by day and tell yourself that you’re going to go out and do good today! Also, always believe in yourself, have faith, and be a good example!”
Taylor Posey is currently on the road to Austin, TX to compete in her last high school state track competition. She will throw the discus, Thursday evening at 6:30pm and will throw the shot put, Friday morning at 10am. There will be family and friends supporting her from the stands and all of us at Rotan ISD and the community supporting her from here at home. Taylor, from all of us here at Rotan ISD - Throw hard and Throw Far!
The Athletes Prayer:
|Friday, May 29, 2015|
|JH & HS Awards 2pm - 2:00p|
|Saturday, May 30, 2015|
|Softball - State|
|Sunday, May 31, 2015|
|Baccalaureate 6:30pm - 6:30p|
|Wednesday, June 03, 2015|
|1/2 School Day|
|Thursday, June 04, 2015|
|End of 6th 6 Weeks|
|1/2 School Day|
|8th Grade Graduation Ceremony 6:30pm - 6:30p|
|Friday, June 05, 2015|
|Staff Inservice - NO SCHOOL|