Does the Dallas area have the best track and field athletes in the country? It looked like this at the Texas Relays

Dallas-area track and field athletes made quite a statement during the Texas Relays Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

This area might be the best in the country. At least that was how it was in Austin.

Dallas area relay athletes/teams have produced eight times/brands that rank first in the nation this season. This included the Flower Mound girls running the fastest 4×800 meter relay in state history.

Flower Mound’s 4×800 relay team of Natalie Cook, Samantha Humphries, Virginia Knight and Oklahoma State signee Nicole Humphries won in 8:57.37, breaking the meet record of 9:07, 95 set by Long Beach Poly, California in 2009 and beating Flower Mound Marcus’ all-time state record of 9:11.17 set in 2016, according to the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association. The 4×800 relay is not held at traditional high school meets in Texas like in other states, but is contested at occasional meets in the state each year, and Flower Mound now has the fastest time in the United States this season by almost nine seconds. .

Samantha Humphries also won the 1600m in 4:44.90. It was the third fastest time in the country, just behind Cook, who ran 4:44.70 earlier this season.

Another event not held at traditional Texas meets is the distance medley relay, and the Prosper girls and Grapevine boys won at the Texas relays producing the No. 1 times in the nation. Prosper’s team of Shewaye Johnson, Lauren Lewis, Emily Kern and Oklahoma State signee Aubrey O’Connell won in 11:53.51, while the Grapevine boys’ team of Josue Granados, Dylan Hohenberger , Trey Leathers and North Carolina signee Walker St. John won in 10:15:48.

St. John also won the 3,200 meters in 8:57.77, the fastest time in Texas and the fourth best time in the nation this season.

Lovejoy’s sophomore Sara Morefield entered the Texas relays with the nation’s best time (7:16.01) in the 2,000-meter steeplechase – yet another event not held in traditional Texas meets. She ran 13 seconds faster than that at the Texas relays, but now has the No. 2 time in the country at 7:03.68 because Hockaday sophomore Margaret Thompson won the event with a new national time of 7:03.28 which ranks third. of all time in the history of the state.

Here are more local Texas Relays highlights.

Duncanville’s Division II boys 4×200 relay team of Sherrod Smith, Donte Hamilton, Chris Hicks and DaKorien Moore won with a nation-best time of 1:24.16. Hicks and Moore played on the Duncanville football team that was runners-up in Division 6A I last season. Duncanville also won the 4×100 relay in 40.65, with Hicks, SMU football signee Pierre Goree, Hamilton and Caden Durham clocking a time that only three American teams have bettered this season, including Duncanville (season best time of 40 ,28).

The Lancaster Division II girls 4×400 relay team of Jalyn Williams, Trelondra Strong, Kialia Claiborne and Kelaiah Daniyan won with a national leading time of 3:45.64. Duncanville finished second in the Texas Relays despite having the second fastest time in the nation (3:47.33).

Flower Mound Marcus’ Emma Sralla won the girls’ discus with a throw of 170 feet, 7 inches, which leads the nation this season and is the fifth best mark in Texas history. Midlothian’s Madeleine Fey, who entered the Texas Relays first in the nation with a 166-4 throw, finished second in the Texas Relays at 164-0.

Texas signee Kendrick Smallwood of Mesquite Poteet won the 300 hurdles in a record time of 36.32, edging out Kody Blackwood of McKinney North, who finished second with the second fastest time in the nation (36.51). Smallwood finished second in the 110 hurdles in a windy 13.36, the second-best time in the country.

Lancaster’s Kordarion Smith won the Division II men’s 100 meters in a windy 10.23, the third-best time in the country.

Makayla Watson of Keller Timber Creek won the women’s long jump with a score of 19-2.5, the third best mark in the country.

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