* Jasmine Montgomery celebrates after winning the 100m on Saturday at the UIL Class 6A Track and Field Championships
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AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Jasmine Montgomery's day started off with a loss.
Maybe that's not the picture-perfect start most athletes envision in their last state championship appearance, but perhaps it was the motivation Montgomery needed on Saturday.
After coming up just short in the 4x100 to begin the evening session of the UIL Class 6A State Track and Field Championships at Mike Myers Stadium, the San Antonio Reagan senior proceeded to blitz everyone in her path, finishing with two outrageous performances and two first-place finishes in the 100m and 200m.
The times, while thoroughly wind-assisted, were incredible nonetheless.
* Montgomery in the UIL State Class 6A 100m
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Just around 6 p.m., the University of Oregon recruit left no doubt in the 100m, flying out of the blocks en route to her time of 11.09 (+4.6) seconds, a mark that is a Texas all conditions record.
Sha'Carri Richardson, the Dallas Carter graduate who has become a superstar on the world stage, ran 11.12 (+3.6) at the state championships in 2018.
The next closest athlete even within the scope of Montgomery's time nationally is Kenondra Davis, and she ran 11.27 (+2.8) on Friday at the UIL Class 5A Championships.
The approximate conversion for Montgomery's time with a legal wind would have been 11.32 seconds, which would have put Montgomery in close proximity to the UIL Class 6A state record-holder Marshevet Hooker, another San Antonio native who went 11.28 in 2002. The overall record-holder at the UIL Championships is Victoria Jordan, who went 11.16 (+1.6) in 2008 for Fort Worth Dunbar.
Next up was the 200m.
As the sun fell and the the wind died down, Montgomery was ready for the final performance in a Reagan jersey.
Yet again, no one was even close.
* Montgomery's performance at 200 meters on Saturday
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Montgomery made the turn and fired home in 22.94 (+2.2) seconds, becoming the only girl yet in 2021 to hit that sub-23 barrier.
For perspective, the U.S. Olympic Trials standard is 22.80 seconds.
Two years ago, Montgomery finished outside the state podium in Class 6A as a sophomore, pocketing seventh-place finishes in both the 100m and 200m, respectively.
Much had changed since then.
Montgomery had become one of the nation's top female sprinters in 2021, helping usher Reagan into the national conversation with a then-US No. 1 4x100 team.
But Reagan would get upset by an outstanding performance from Katy Seven Lakes, which recorded a No. 8 all-time effort of 44.89 in the final.
But Montgomery also narrowly ran down her anchor leg, helping Reagan to a US No. 2 time of 45.00 seconds.
Ultimately, that was just the start of her day.
The rest, as they say, was history.