Scales Headed to UIL Class 6A State Track & Field Meet
King Micah Scales finally had the chance to prove himself, and did he ever.
Scales qualified for the UIL Class 6A Track & Field Championships on Saturday at The University of Texas At Austin in the 100 Meter.
“I expected to make it to State – I definitely had to put the work in to be here,” Scales said.
The Cedar Hill High junior’s road to Austin was much longer than the three-hour trek down Interstate 35.
As an eighth grader at Bessie Coleman Middle School, he tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), which caused him to miss his freshman year of high school track.
Scales returned as a sophomore and had a chance to compete on the senior-dominated 4x100 Meter and 4x200 Meter Relays that earned gold medals at last season’s UIL Class 6A Meet. A hamstring injury prevented that from happening.
“This off season, I took a break from football, kept to myself, prayed and worked out,” Scales said.
Scales qualified in the 100 Meter with a time of 10.50 seconds at the Regional Meet last month in Waco. He finished third at that meet, but he had the top third place Regional time at State, thus earning a trip to State.
Scales, who will run in Lane 1 at State, enters the nine-sprinter competition with the fifth best time in the State. Scales is one of two underclassmen in the 100 meter and has the top time among underclassmen.
He’s competed against Duncanville senior Pierre Goree for many years; Goree enters with the top time – 10.23 seconds.
“My goal is to finish first, and focus on running my best,” Scales said.
Cedar Hill Head Boys Track & Field Coach Kevin Benjamin said Scales has a chance to succeed at State.
“I’m excited for the young man,” Benjamin said. “He’s a tremendous athlete who’s had some obstacles come his way during his career. He’s put in some work to overcome those. He went through the process and took the steps necessary to get better each week to put himself in a position to maximize his talents. I think he can go down to the State Meet and do some special things.”
Scales nearly qualified for State in the 200 meter, finishing third at Regionals. His time of 21.28 seconds is faster than four of the 200 meter State qualifiers.
Scales is leaning toward Texas Tech for college, but he’s also interested in Baylor, Clemson, LSU, Oregon and Texas A&M.
Scales said he plans to return to the gridiron this summer, to play wide receiver. Benjamin will be his position coach.
“Coach Benjamin’s always been there for me,” Scales said. “He never gave up. He has always been there when I need it. He never doubted me.”