Cy-Springs track star earns top athlete award

February 5, 2015

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Cypress Springs junior Samiyah Samuels was honored as the Female Field Athlete of the Meet at the Carl Lewis Invitational Jan. 17 at the University of Houston.  
(Photo courtesy Visual Services of Texas)

Jan. 31, 2015—Cypress Springs High School junior track and field athlete Samiyah Samuels was honored as the Female Field Athlete of the Meet at the Carl Lewis Invitational, held Jan. 17 at the University of Houston.

Samuels won the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 0 inches and the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.1 seconds to earn the recognition, which was featured on the MileSplit website. It was the second consecutive year for Samuels to be named Female Field Athlete of the Meet.

“We are excited to see what will happen for Samiyah this year,” said Ruqayya Gibson, Cypress Springs head girls’ track and field coach. “She has the potential to score big at state this year in the long jump and 100, and she definitely has potential to be successful in a collegiate program and beyond.”

Samuels, who is ranked in the top 10 in the nation in both the 100-meter dash and long jump events, was an Academic All-District 17-5A performer as a sophomore.

“She’s a great student who always maintains good grades,” Gibson said. “When you can do that and you can perform, you’re going to get plenty of letters from schools all over the country—and she is. Samiyah is a hard worker and is very coachable. When you give her specific things to work on, she has a way of translating that and getting it done.”

Samuels and the Panther track and field team will kick off the 2015 season on Feb. 14 at the Spring ISD Invitational. 

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Samiyah Samuels won the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 0 inches and ranks among the top 10 in the nation in the event. (Photo courtesy Visual Services of Texas)

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