Cypress Springs Track Standout Wins Star Athlete Award

Cypress, TX (January 28, 2016) KPRC Channel 2 sports reporter Simone Eli visited Cypress Springs High School girls’ track and field practice on Jan. 28 to present senior long jumper and sprinter Samiyah Samuels with the KPRC Star Furniture Star Athlete of the Week award.

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Samuels won first place at two recent indoor track meets. Her jump of 19 feet, 9 ½ inches at the Texas A&M High School Indoor Classic on Jan. 8 was good for a gold medal. She then jumped 20 feet, ¼ inches at the Carl Lewis Invitational on Jan. 16 to break the prior meet record of 18 feet, 8 ¾ inches.

The University of Houston track signee earned Athlete of the Meet at both meets.

“I feel like all my hard work is paying off with rewards on and off the track,” Samuels said. “I’m really proud and really excited for my future.”

Samuels won a gold medal in the long jump, as well as bronze medals in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter relay events at the 2015 UIL State Track and Field Championships, and is eyeing Olympic qualification and the national long jump record.

Her head coach, Ruqayya Gibson, said the goals are within reach.

“Samiyah is putting in the work, and the results can be hers if she wants them,” Gibson said. “She’s starting off this year so much further than where she started last year, so I’m expecting great things from her.”

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The Star Athlete segment is expected to air on the KPRC Channel 2 evening news at 10 p.m. on Feb. 4.