Garrett Combs enters the UIL State Track and Field Meet with a target on his back.
"I became known as 'The 6'6" Kid,'" Combs said. "Everybody wanted so see, at this next track meet, if I stood out, cause they couldn't figure out who I was unless they jumped against me."
The Prairie Valley junior cleared six-feet, six-inches to win a Class A High Jump Area Championship in Jacksboro on April 14. The mark is tied for the best jump in the state at the Class A level.
Combs has a natural ability to leap high. Working on his family's cattle ranch, he'd jump over fences to chase down cows from a very early age.
"He's either working cattle, building a fence or hauling hay," Prairie Valley track and field head coach Cash Miller said, "A lot of his work outside of school has allowed him to build some strength in some different muscles areas that you can't cover in the weight room."
That natural ability has translated into tremendous success. Combs is undefeated through seven track meets this season, competing against Class 2A and 3A competitors in a couple of those meets. He won the a Region II-A Championship with a jump of six-feet, five-inches in Abilene on May 2 to advance to the state meet.
He'll be jumping against eight others kids, but Combs represents the smallest school in the competition. Prairie Valley only has 35 kids. The Bulldogs don't even have a track and field to practice on; Combs practices at Nocona High School.
As Combs prepares for the competition, set for Friday at 8:00 p.m. at the Mike A. Myers Track and Field Stadium at the University of Texas, he's focused with one goal in mind.