Dawson’s Hypolite rises to the occasion in track

PEARLAND — Kameron Hypolite is making a habit of saving his best for last.

Following the preliminary round of the Region III-6A long-jump competition at Clear Creek ISD’s brand new Challenger Columbia Stadium, the senior from Pearland Dawson High School found himself in fifth place.

On his second jump in the final round, Hypolite uncorked a leap of 24 feet, one inch to take over first place.

“I knew it wasn’t necessarily my best jump,” Hypolite said. “I knew I had a little more left in the tank.”

With momentum on his side, Hypolite leaped a personal record 24 feet, 3.50 inches on his final attempt to hold off runner-up Thomas Davis of Galena Park North Shore (24-0.50) for the regional title and advance to the state meet in Austin (May 12-14).

“My coaches always tell me to keep my head up, remain competitive and never stop fighting until the end because you never know what’s going to happen,” Hypolite said. “That’s the kind of mindset I carry throughout the entire event. It ended up paying off.”

In the meet’s final event, Hypolite combined with Freddie Lewis, Vincent Fisher and Mykul Mitchell to give Dawson a gold medal in the boys’ mile relay (4X400) with an impressive time of three minutes, 13.56 seconds. Katy Tompkins placed second (3:13.789).

“We ended the meet the best way you can – by winning a gold medal,” said Dawson coach Troy Myers. “We’re going to remain humble and hope to run the best race we can at the state meet,” Hypolite said. “We know it’s going to be competitive.”

Hypolite believes there’s a reason for the recent success of Dawson athletes.

“I think we have the greatest coaching staff in the state of Texas and probably in America,” he said. “They’re not just coaches, but mentors for us and push us to be the best even when we don’t necessarily see it. That’s the great thing about Dawson track.”

While the Dawson coaching staff that includes Patrick Zarate may have modeled the work ethic for Hypolite, his father Vincent Hypolite deserves credit for Kameron’s talent level.

The elder Hypolite won a state long jump title in 1990 with a mark of 25 feet, 2.25 inches while attending La Marque High School.

“We have the father-son rivalry going so I still have something to shoot for,” Kameron Hypolite said. “What better stage than at the state meet to have my best jump.

“A lot of it may depend upon the weather,” Hypolite said. “If the weather is hot at the state meet, maybe I can really improve.”

That’s got to be a daunting thought for the remainder of the state Class 6A long-jump field.

When Hypolite concludes his stellar prep career, he’ll take his considerable academic and athletic talents to the University of Pennsylvania.

About Kameron Hypolite

Birth date – April 1, 1998
Birth sign – Aries
Favorite subject– Math (calculus)
Possible college major – Economics (marketing or investment)
What he does to relax – Ride longboard, listen to music, hang out with family
World problem he would solve – Hunger