Batenhorst, Janda soaring on track

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When the names Ally Batenhorst and Morgan Janda are thrown around in conversation, it usually pertains to volleyball.

The duo helped get Seven Lakes to the UIL State Volleyball Tournament two years ago and this past season made another deep run in the playoffs. But this spring, the pair is showing off their hops on the track.

Batenhorst and Janda both have qualified for the regional track meet after finishing third and second, respectively, on Thursday in the event.

"I started high jumping in seventh grade and I was not very good because I was really short," Janda said. "Once I got into high school I grew some more and got better at it.

"Track is definitely way different than volleyball, because it's individual. Volleyball is all team all the time."

Janda is signed to Sam Houston State for volleyball but will also be high jumping there as well.

"That's one of the main school's I've been talking to since the eighth grade," Janda said. "Then they found out I could high jump too and they said they'd let me."

For Batenhorst, high jumping has been a part of her routine ever since getting into high school.

The highly touted volleyball recruit – already verbally committed to Nebraska – sees the advantages to doing this in the offseason of her high school season.

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AUSTIN – Dalton Holland didn't know if he'd be able to get back to state in 2019.

At the beginning of the season, the Barbers Hill senior sprained his ankle badly, which forced him to be in a boot for two to three weeks and miss the first half of the track season.

"I had some doubts, I didn't think I'd be able to come back," Holland said.

Battling his way back through the therapy, Holland was able to qualify for state for a second-straight year and on Friday the senior left it all on the track.

Holland posted a time of 14.19 to claim the silver in the Class 5A 110-meter hurdles.

"Makes it a lot sweeter victory," Holland said about coming back to get the win.

In 2018, Holland came to state for the first time and ended up finishing fifth overall, fueling him to come back better this season.

"Last year I was pretty nervous coming in my first year," Holland said. "This year, I was more calm and under control. I knew what was coming."


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