Written by Matt Wixon
Texas Relays: DeSoto boys tough to catch; Mansfield Legacy athlete wins shot put, discus
AUSTIN — The DeSoto boys track athletes were easy to find Saturday at the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The Eagles’ speedy sprinters were usually out in front and pulling away from the pack at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
And that’s how DeSoto hopes it will be in six weeks, when the Eagles will try to win their first University Interscholastic League boys track and field title.
“It’s going to be pretty hard to catch us,” DeSoto junior Tremayne Acy said, “because we’re working hard every day.”
DeSoto was certainly hard to catch Saturday as its team of Acy, Bryson Echols, Dontre Wilson and Ridge Jones won the 4x200 with a time of 1 minute, 24.04 seconds. The team lowered its previous best time of 1:24.99, which was the best in the nation this year.
The same DeSoto foursome also won the 4x100 relay. DeSoto came up just short of a relay sweep, finishing second in the 4x400 to Celina’s team of Cole Stallcup, Jesus Vargas, Ben Thiel and Zac Bilderback.
Now DeSoto can look ahead to district, regionals and the May 11-12 state meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The key to winning DeSoto’s first team title?
“More hard work,” Jones said.
Mansfield Legacy’s Vaughan wins shot, breaks discus record: With a toss of 48 feet, 11 inches, Shelbi Vaughan won the shot put — a day after breaking the national high school record in the discus. Vaughan’s discus throw of 191-6 on Friday topped the mark of 188-4 set in 2009 by Anna Jelmini of Shafter (Calif.) High School.
Garland, Lancaster girls battle in relays: In the 4x200 relay, Garland’s team of Candace Coleman, Bianca Jackson, Chellane Jones and Quetta Mapps finished in 1:36.55, just ahead of Lancaster at 1:36.87. In the 4x100, Lancaster’s team of Taije Jordan, Tayler Sanders, Ke’Andrea Wilson and Eboni Coby won with a time of 46.39, followed by Garland at 46.63.
Plano East’s Madu wins 100: Jennifer Madu, who won the UIL 5A state title in the 100 last year, won the event Saturday with a time of 11.49. It would’ve been a Texas Relays record, but the wind at her back was above the limit. In the boys 100, Marvin Bracy of Boone (Okla.) finished with a wind-aided, but blistering, time of 10.06 that beat Mansfield Timberview’s Aldrich Bailey .
Locals star in hurdles: Lancaster’s Taije Jordan, who won the 4A 100 hurdles at last year’s UIL state meet, was dominant in the event Saturday, winning in 13.61 seconds. In the boys 110 hurdles, Bryan Adams’ Bryce Grace won in 13.73, edging Lancaster’s Tequille Jackson by one hundreth of a second.
Briefly: Rowlett graduate Marquise Goodwin, a star for the University of Texas and the U.S. long jump champion, withdrew from the long jump competition Saturday with an unspecified injury. … Celina’s Jordan Roos defended his title in the shot put with a mark of 64-2, his best effort of the year. … In the 1,600, Frisco Liberty’s Brady Turnbull won the boys race and Hebron’s Rachel Jones won the girls. … Southlake Carroll’s Joe Sansone won the 3,200 meters Saturday morning with a time of 9:09.24, and on Friday, he teamed with Sabian Holmes, Alex Johansson and Trevor Gilley to win the distance medley in 10:10.19, the fastest high school time this year.