Slanina Brings Home Another Title

Ty Slanina won his third consecutive long jump title last weekend and helped East Bernard to a track state championship.

To simply put it, East Bernard's Ty Slanina knows how to win championships. He guided his football team to the Class 2A state championship in 2012 with a perfect 15-0 record as a senior.

On Saturday, he helped bring home another state championship to East Bernard, this time in track. The future TCU Horned Frog got things started on Friday night in the long jump when he brought home the gold for the third consecutive year with a jump of 23'-2".

Although he fell just short of his goal of 24-feet, winning the long jump three consecutive years was an accomplishment he's proud of.

"I wish I would've jumped a little better but I'll take whatever I can get," Slanina said. "I wish I could've hit 24-feet, but three gold medals in a row sounds pretty good to me so I'll just go with it."

Slanina also boosted the Brahmas point total with his performance in the 100 and 200-meter races. He finished fourth in both events, running an 11.01 in the 100 and 22.12 in the 200. He also anchored the gold medal winning 4x400 relay in his last race as a high school athlete.

"For me in the 200 I ran alright, I'm not as great as a 200-meter runner. But, in the 100-meters, I didn't run as good as I wanted to," he said. "I've run 10.5 multiple times this year. I got out of the blocks pretty good and at 30-meters I just tightened up and I didn't stay smooth. I just didn't run my race."

Regardless of his disappointments in his individual races, Slanina spoke with great pride knowing that he did his part to help bring home a state championship. Now that he is done with track, he now shifts his focus to baseball, where the Brahmas have lost only three times all year and are in the hunt for, you guessed it, another state championship.

"It was awesome, everybody did their part and scored at least one-point," he said of his team's track state championship. "It's looking good in East Bernard right now. I think it's time to get us another ring in baseball; we have a good shot, it will be a big test this week when we take on Halletsville so we'll see how that goes."

East Bernard won their last playoff series on Saturday night with a 2-0 win over Blanco. It was quite a busy day for Slanina, who made the drive from Austin to Weimar after his last race of the day before suiting up with the baseball team. While he admits he's had his struggles this season in baseball, he hopes to continue where he left off against Blanco.

"I've had my personal struggles this season, I can't lie. But during playoff time we don't have room for struggles," he said. "I went 2-for-3 with a triple and had three putouts in the outfield (versus Blanco) so I'm feeling pretty good. Sometimes I'll come in and close a game and in district I gave up two hits. I'm feeling pretty good about this year."

Earlier in the year it was rumored that some pro teams were strongly scouting Slanina and were possibly looking at drafting the speedster. He hasn't heard much talk from pro scouts lately, but then again he's not focused on that at the moment.

"I've heard rumors but I'm not really paying attention to it right now," he said. "I know I'm not one of the top players in the country but I do feel pretty confident that I'm one of the best in the area and possibly in the state. Right now I'm just worried about the East Bernard Brahmas and not worried about anybody else. I just want to help my team to another state championship and worry about all of the other stuff after this."

Slanina is scheduled to report to TCU on June 9th. He's looking forward to arriving and getting to work in hopes of making an early impact. Which side of the ball he'll make an impact on is the biggest question at the moment.

"I'm excited, I wish I was a college student this week," Slanina said. "I'm just working in the weight room and doing drills and getting faster on the football field. I'm ready for TCU. Coach Glasgow said I would most likely be on offense but if I have a shot to come in early and have a spot for me on defense, I'll take it. I signed there to play offense and that's what I want to do, but if things don't work out and I have a better shot on the other side of the ball I'll just go with it."

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