AUSTIN— Tivy junior Brooks McCoy entered Mike A. Myers stadium Friday morning with a sling wrapped around his shoulder. A few hours later, he grimaced after every leap during the Triple Jump at the Class 5A State Meet.
The fact that McCoy even participated in Texas’ Triple Jump is somewhat of a minor miracle. During Tivy’s Monday morning workout, McCoy ran a slant and dove to haul in a pass. That’s; heard his right shoulder pop and immediately felt the pain. A ensuing X-Ray revealed that he had separated one of his anterior cruciate joints.
Never once did the thought of missing Friday’s event enter McCoy’s mind. He had secured the opportunity to compete in the state meet at the Region IV Meet, when he recorded a 44-05.75 to earn a silver medal. He wasn’t going to let a pesky separated shoulder prevent him from competing in the biggest meet of his life.
“That wasn’t an option,” McCoy said.
So, he continued to rehab the separated shoulder with Tivy trainer Amy Sralla throughout the week. When Friday finally arrived, he flung off his sling, strolled toward the triple jump box and crouched in position.
He jumped 44-00.75 on his first try, but immediately clutched his shoulder in pain. The pain intensified with each jump. After his fourth attempt, McCoy was in too much pain to continue participating in the competition, deciding to skip his final two jumps.
He finished in last place in Friday’s Triple Jump, but gained the respect from everyone in attendance. After the meet, triple jump coach Joe Davis approached McCoy’s two older brothers — Colby and Carson McCoy — and beamed, “Your brother is an animal.”
“You go back to that “TFND” spirit,” said Tivy track coach Jason Crawford, who is also McCoy’s receivers coach. “Wearing that Tivy on his shirt, he wanted to go out and compete, and he did the best he could today. … Most kids wouldn’t be able to do what he dd. … He’s just a tough kid.”
Standing inside one of the tunnels at Mike. A Myers stadium, McCoy was happy that he managed to jump 44-00.75. More importantly, he was thrilled the state meet gave him a four-day weekend.
Crawford was pleased he has the luxury of coaching McCoy in the fall. Friday proved that he won’t have to worry about his receiver’s toughness.
“He’s one of the guys I’ll get to coach every day,” Crawford said. “If my receivers can rise up to his level we are going to be pretty consistent year in and year out at receiver.”