NEDERLAND — There is never anything wrong with a little friendly competition.
Nederland seniors Kinsey Miller and Marissa Clement know this all too well. The two friends are what Nederland boys track coach Chris Theriot called “the heartbeat” of the program. Theriot meant that for both the boys and girls sides of the track.
Girls track coach Dale Dial was nothing but smiles when talking about the Lady Bulldogs duo on Tuesday.
“They lead us in all the drills,” Dial said. “That goes for boys and girls. We never have to push those two. They do that on their own.”
Both Clement and Miller will compete tonight in three events at the Class 4A Region III Area Meet at C.E. King High School.
Miller qualified in both the 800-meter dash and the 300-meter hurdles. Clement will compete in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
Clement finished first at the District 20-4A Track and Field Championships in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.81 and was second in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.22. Miller was second in the 800-meter dash with a finish of 2:28.13 and was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.52.
Clement and Miller also teamed up with Madison Ledet and Brittany Whitehead to qualify in the 4x400 relay.
None of those events are for a weak runner. There is a lot of endurance needed just to complete the race.
“There are a lot of intense practices,” Clement said. “Those are some extreme races but we love them.”
Miller and Clement, along with other members of the Lady Bulldogs track team, have cause to celebrate these days. Nederland won its first ever girls district championship last week.
“It has been freaking awesome,” Miller said. “Being the first ones in Nederland history makes it even more special.”
As close as Clement and Miller are on the track, Dial said there is a much stronger bond off it.
“They are inseperable,” Dial said. “The greatest thing about them is they both conduct themselves with class and maturity. Well, at least around me they do. This entire program is going to miss them next year. There is going to be a huge hole somebody is going to have to fill.”
There is still time left, though, for both Clement and Miller as Lady Bulldogs.
“Of course the ultimate goal is to head to state,” Miller said. “First, we want to make sure we get to regionals. This area meet is the first goal.”
Clement knows she has one of her biggest fans right beside her at C.E. King.
“We are going to push each other,” Clement said. “We always want to beat each other’s times but first we support each other.”
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