TEXAS CITY — Immediately upon meeting the group of Lady Stings track stars dubbed “The Fab Five,” one thing is apparent: Confidence is a nonissue.
Their swagger is backed by an impressive record, though, that has the quintet of Texas City juniors headed to the state track and field championships Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
“I like winning; I like gold medals and the recognition,” Asa Garcia said about what motivates her and her teammates. “And then having the title of being No. 1 in the state. I mean, who else can say that? Only one team — us.”
Garcia, Lawren Crawford, Aerial Smith, Melicha Smith and Carmen White led the Lady Stings track team to the Region III-4A championship.
The group’s most impressive state-qualifying performance at regionals came in their favorite event, the 400-meter relay, with Garcia, both Smiths and White winning the run with a time of 46.56 seconds — 0.73 seconds faster than second-place Pearland Dawson.
The team of Crawford, Garcia, White and Melicha Smith will look for a state title in the 800-meter relay, as well, after finishing second at regionals with a time of 1 minute, 42.3 seconds
Texas City head girls track coach Denise Callis coined the Fab Five moniker for the group she calls, “five amazing beauties.”
“They are a remarkable group of girls. A challenge, but a good group,” Callis said.
Callis said that her Fab Five standouts have not only developed more confidence in their abilities, but have also learned what it takes to be winners on the highest level after years of training together.
“I want to see them do extremely well,” Callis said. “Most of them have been together since seventh grade. It would be an awesome feeling to see them win that title.”
Garcia will have a chance to bring home as many as five of those coveted gold medals, as she qualified for the state competition in three individual events — the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the triple jump.
Garcia finished second at regionals in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25 seconds, won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 6 inches and won the triple jump by clearing 39 feet, 5 inches.
Melicha Smith qualified to compete in the 100-meter dash with a second-place finish of 11.68 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second behind the winner.
Garcia said she enjoys competing in the jumping events because they come naturally to her. For Smith, what attracted her to her favorite individual event is also simple.
“It’s short and fast,” Smith said.
The busy slate of activities for Texas City’s Fab Five at the state meet begins 10:30 a.m. Friday with Garcia in the long jump, and she will compete again at 12:30 p.m. in the triple jump.
In the evening, the relay teams take to the track, beginning with the 400-meter run at 6 p.m. then the 800-meter event at 7:25 p.m.
Smith will compete in the 100-meter dash at 7:05 p.m., and Garcia will close out Texas City’s day at the state meet with the 200-meter dash at 8:25 p.m.
At a glance
The Fab Five’s events at state meet:
Asa Garcia, Aerial Smith, Melicha Smith and Carmen White
Lawren Crawford, Asa Garcia, Carmen White and Melicha Smith