One second separated Burnet junior middle-distance runner Hudson Bennett and Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis sophomore Angel Sanchez in the 1,600 meters of the Class 4A state meet of the University Interscholastic League May 12.
Sanchez, who lost to Bennett by almost two seconds in the 3,200 meters at the state meet the morning of May 12, wouldn’t be denied a second time. He won gold in 4 minutes 18.86 seconds, while Bennett finished in 4:19.83.
The Bulldog congratulated Sanchez on running a terrific race.
“I knew Angel was going to be a challenge,” he said. “I was feeling super confident. I was sure I was going to finish first or second.”
Bennett almost fell with 10 meters left in the race. But to his credit, he didn’t allow that to derail him from reaching the finish line.
“On that last lap, I gave it everything I had,” he said. “My breathing was fine. I think my legs just had it. I felt super confident coming in.”
In 2021, Bennett won the bronze medal in the 1,600 meters, finishing in 4:23.96. Capturing the silver medal this year did made him more determined, he said.
“I’m super hungry for more,” he said. “I’m very happy. I don’t think I could have done any better than I did.”
And those who pay attention to running may have discovered a friendly rivalry developing between Bennett and Sanchez that will benefit both for the next year.
“He’ll push me all the time,” the Bulldog said. “And I love it.”
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