Written by Matt Wixon
Texas Relays: DeSoto boys put on show of speed, show why state title within reach
4x100, 4x200 relay conquests show why 2nd state title in reach
AUSTIN — The DeSoto boys piled up points in the relays last year to win their first UIL state track and field title. On Saturday, the Eagles’ three relays showed why a second Class 5A title is within reach.
DeSoto won the 4x100 and 4x200, was third in the 4x400, and was named the outstanding high school team at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
“We want to come out here and set the tone and be the fastest each year,” said DeSoto senior Myron Turner, a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. “I think we can win state again this year. Everybody’s working hard and it shows on the track.”
It showed as Turner, Alford Tribble, Dontre Wilson and Kyle Collins finished the 4x200 in 1 minute, 25.46 seconds, equaling DeSoto’s best time of the year. Ninety minutes later, Brandon McDowell joined Wilson, Tribble and Turner in a blazing time of 41.14 in the 4x100. DeSoto’s previous best time of the season was 41.22.
“Our coach, he really emphasizes the relays, and it shows,” McDowell said. “Every Tuesday and Thursday, it’s straight relays, working on our handoffs.”
DeSoto dropped the baton in the 4x400 at last weekend’s Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. That wasn’t a problem Saturday as the Eagles finished in a season-best 3:15.30, but that was behind Houston Nimitz (3:14.11) and Lancaster (3:14.61).
The DeSoto girls, who have won two straight 5A titles, qualified for the finals in all three relays. They were third in the 4x100, fifth in the 4x400 and eighth in the 4x200.
Another distance title for Carroll: Southlake Carroll junior Connor Hendrickson won the boys 3,200 meters with a time of 9:10.77, edging Keller’s Austen Dalquist (9:11.53). The Dragons, winners of the boys and girls 5A boys cross country titles in the fall, also swept the boys and girls distance relays late Friday.
More winners: Flower Mound won the 4x800 boys relay in 7:52.81 and Carroll (7:53.36) was second. The Kennedale girls won the Division I 4x200 relay and Celina won the Division I boys 4x100 and was seventh in the Division II boys 4x400. Division I is reserved for smaller schools, but 3A Celina chose to compete with the larger schools in the 4x400.
Briefly: DeSoto senior Anna Robinson was second in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 7 inches. She was in first until Fort Bend Austin’s Aleah Hurst leaped 19-10¾ on her final attempt. … Lancaster’s Eboni Coby ran the 100 in 11.74 seconds to finish just behind Division II champion Aaliyah Brown of Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East (11.63). Brown, last year’s Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in Illinois, also anchored her 4x100 and 4x200 teams to victories. The Lancaster girls were second in the 4x200 and 4x400 and Cedar Hill was second in the girls 4x100. … Highland Park junior Natalie Rathjen finished second in the 3,200 Saturday morning, and in the early afternoon, helped the Scots finish second in the girls 4x800 relay.
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