Highlands senior Jourdan Doffeny entered the Region IV-5A track and field meet with two goals: qualifying for state again and showing Nebraska it made a wise decision by signing her to a scholarship.
Doffeny succeeded at both, wowing the crowd at Alamo Stadium with her versatility.
She won the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles and finished second in the 200-meter dash and long jump to qualify for the University Interscholastic League state meet in all four events.
"This feels great," Doffeny said. "Even though I didn't get the repeat of what I did last year, I'm going to state in four events this time."
Doffeny won both hurdles races and the 200 last year. She took second in the long jump Friday to punch her ticket to Austin, and added two gold medals and another silver to her haul Saturday.
The two top finishers in each event at regionals advance to the state meet, scheduled May 11-12 at Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
While Doffeny's individual effort was one of the meet's most compelling storylines, the East Central boys took the spotlight as a team with their second consecutive 5A regional championship. Coached by Robert Johnson, the Hornets outpointed perennial power Judson 92-82 for the crown.
The Steele girls won their first regional title, taking the 5A title by edging Stevens 68-64.
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Lockhart and Roma shared the 4A boys championship with 52 points apiece, and Austin LBJ took the 4A girls title. New Braunfels Canyon was runner-up in the girls team standings with 57 points.
While Doffeny didn't win the 200 again, she qualified for state in the event with a gutsy performance that reflected her competitive ferocity. Running the 200 only a few minutes after winning the 300 hurdles, Doffeny edged Tiara Carter of Wagner by one-tenth of a second for the silver medal.
Carter won the 400 meters with a time of 55.08, setting a meet record.
But Carter couldn't beat Doffeny to qualify for state in the 200.
"I felt the same as last year," Doffeny said. "In the last 100, I rely on my kick. I was able to do it again this year to get to Austin. That's what matters."
Doffeny said she hopes to compete in the multi-event heptathlon at Nebraska.
"I love Nebraska," she said. "I just wanted to show them they've got a good athlete going up there."
Longtime Highlands coach Janice Alexander has grown accustomed to watching Doffeny rise above the competition.
"She's one of the best elite athletes I've ever had the chance to coach," Alexander said. "She's set many records for the school. She's just a special athlete. She's unique. She's coachable. She works hard. She welcomes competition. She really thrives on it."
Alexander expressed confidence Doffeny will do well as a heptathlon.
"She can pretty much do anything," Alexander said. "She loves to do different events. She can do it. When she sets her mind to do something, she normally does it."