Hundreds of athletes are in Austin preparing for the largest track meet in the Lone Star State.
By the end of Saturday we will know who are champions of the UIL State Track and Field competition. One of those looking to win gold is Zach Hamilton. Last year, the PCA athlete finished 4th in the state meet. With this being his last meet he is looking to go out on top.
"I hate to lose," Hamilton said. "Losing bothers me forever. I refuse to let myself do terrible. That pushes me to clear new heights."
If he can medal, Hamilton would become the first male athlete at PCA to place in the top three of the state meet.
"It will be real big. It would be history to be the first to do it."
Hamilton is not the only PCA high Jumper in Austin. Tina Douglass is representing the school on the girl's side. Douglass' personal best is just a quarter of an inch off of the state record at the 2A level.
"I know I am just this close," Douglass said recently at her college signing. "It is pushing me to do even better."
The two have done a lot of work to get to this point. The crazy thing about all of it is that the school does not have any track and field facilities so the two have been traveling to Hudson high School between 2-3 times a week to get in practice.
"They are really the only ones that let us come out," Hamilton said. "We just work with what we have."
In the times they are not able to get out to Hudson the two do a lot of mental practicing.
"We are in the weight room, stretching our bodies and looking at tape of us jumping," Douglass said.
With all the practice done it is down to just being ready to out due their opponents.
"Part of it is physical because of what it does to your legs and knees," Hamilton said. "The other part is mental. You don't like to see someone beat you so you have to stay ready."
Here is a list of all the athletes from the Pineywoods going to the state meet: