Senior Wes McPhail’s final run as a Tascosa Rebel didn’t finish quite the way he wanted.
But it wasn’t for lack of effort.
McPhail entered the final 200 meters of the Class 6A 1600-meter run at the 2018 UIL track and field championships Saturday evening in third place and a possible bronze medal in hand.
But the speed of the best of the best long distance runners in Texas caught up with down the stretch caught up with the Texas A&M signee.
Despite running a race that would have won Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A, and .42 hundreths of a second from winning 5A, McPhail’s 4:15.81 effort placed him fifth in the 6A race.
But not by much as Humble Kingwood’s Carter Storm was third at 4:14.83 and Keller Central’s Eric Casarez was fourth with a 4:14.93.
“I felt pretty good right there,” McPhail said of the final stretch of the race. “I didn’t really know what the other guys were feeling right then. I thought I was fight for whatever medal there at the end and then with a about 1/10th left a guy passes me and then other guy.
“I didn’t have any gas at the end. I really feel like I left it all out there.”
McPhail opened with a 63-second first lap, followed by a pair of 64 second laps.
His final lap was his fastest at 62 seconds.
“Wes did everything perfect,” said Tascosa coach Sean Hargrove. “They just had more in the end.”
McPhail departs Tascosa without a state medal but owning records for the fastest 1600-meters (4:13) and 5K ever run by a Rebel.
“I will always be thankful to have run at Tasocsa under Coach Hargrove,” McPhail said. “He’s developed me into the young man I am now through the lessons of running. He taught me patience and persistence.”