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White brings added asset to women's track and field

Jan. 26, 2010

By Jeremy Joseph
Reporter

DeSoto freshman Skylar White holds titles such as Dallas Morning News' 2008 Girls All-Area Track and Field Athlete of the Year; Sports Day's 2008 Girl Athlete of the Year; and back-to-back UIL 5A shot put and discus champion as a high school sophomore and junior.

The last time the No. 16-ranked women's track and field team had a field athlete come in with those kind of credentials was Brittany Devereaux in 2005.

White has already shattered her records.

"It's been a while since we've had someone like Skylar come in. The last time we've had a girl like this come in was Brittany Devereaux, who got here in 2005," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We haven't had many of them; it's not just an event we've been strong at, so it's nice to get a girl like Skylar."

White was ranked as one of the top five female throwers of the decade by TXRunning.com, an affiliate of Milesplit.us, the nation's premier high school track and field/cross country network.

Skylar set a personal best and broke a school record in the shot put Jan. 23 at the Razorback Invitational with a throw of 49-1 1/3.

"You can build around someone like Skylar," Harbour said. "She's going to be a good discus thrower as well."

Not only does White bring her credentials with her, but also she brings a can-do attitude.

"You will never see a person with a bigger smile," her throwing coach at DeSoto High School, Willie Beal, said. "She is very desirable to be around. Her character was second-to-none. I never heard a negative word from her."

White said she thinks she can bring a new environment to the team.

"I think I can bring smiles and a little more joy and happiness," White said. "I can also contribute to this team since they haven't had a thrower in two years, so I will be able to bring in points and contribute to their success."

White was successful as a high school athlete. She was a four-time Texas 5A State Champion in throws. She won her last state championship in 2008 with a shot put throw of 46-5 1/4 and a discus toss of 154-6.

"Skylar came to us already prepared, technically speaking," Beal said. "Her throwing was real good. Her coach Mike Carter in the summer was real good. He prepared her for high school. Outside of that, Mike would work with her during the offseason. We tried to add strength through weight strengthening."

He also said that she even helped coach ninth-graders and inspired other kids in the program to work harder.

Beal thinks that White will only help Baylor and help build their field reputation.

"She brings a winning attitude. Because of her outstanding achievements she can inspire the other throwers to do better than what they have done," Beal said. "She will probably be the biggest name in terms of throwers to the newcomers. Baylor has been known for its running ability, but she will help with the field aspect."