Forney senior accepts challenge, sets record

DaBryan Blanton holds off Shreveport sprinter in 100 meters


By RACHEL COHEN / The Dallas Morning News

The time amazed even DaBryan Blanton.

The Forney senior had never been pushed so hard in the 100 meters, and he had never run so fast. Blanton won the Class 4A race at Saturday's Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in a meet-record 10.26 seconds.

With a strong wind at their backs, Blanton overtook Shreveport (La.) Evangel's Jonathan Wade in a showdown of two of the nation's top sprinters at Haggar Stadium. Wade posted a time of 10.29, also better than the old record of 10.3.

Blanton's previous best in the 100 was 10.30, the country's top high school time last year.

Wade gained revenge in the 200, setting a 4A meet record with a time of 20.83. Blanton, who ran a 21.13, regretted taking it easy in the preliminaries.

His slower-than-normal prelims time gave him an outside lane assignment in the finals. Wade, in Lane 4, built an early lead and cruised to the victory.

Blanton isn't used to needing a good lane assignment in the 200, but he was happy to get the competition. He said he had never raced anyone nearly as fast as Wade.

"I just want to see how good I can do," Blanton said.

He also wanted to break the record in the 100. The old mark, set in 1978, belonged to Gary Roberson of Terrell, Blanton's father.

Duncanville, Lancaster take team titles

Duncanville ran away with the 5A team title with 139 points, 62 better than the runner-up. Duncanville won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Senior Daniel McLemore tied the 5A meet record in the 100 with a winning time of 10.32.

After finishing second three straight years, Lancaster won the 4A division.

It swept the top three places in the shot put, got a victory from Courtney Jones in the 110 hurdles, and won the 4x400 relay.

High points honors go to Marshall, Wariner

Ennis senior Vincent Marshall took home four medals, a record and the high points plaque. He won the 4A long jump, triple jump and 400 meters, then ran on Ennis' third-place 4x400 relay. His triple jump of 47 feet, 73/4 inches set a 4A meet record.

Arlington Lamar senior Jeremy Wariner earned 5A high points honors. He won the 200 and 400 and ran on a second-place 4x100 relay.

Lancaster's Dibbles breaks shot put record

Lancaster senior shot putter Larry Dibbles underwent knee surgery in December and had struggled to break 55 feet this season after topping 60 last year. Saturday, everything came together.

He threw for 62 feet, 51/2 inches, a personal best and a 4A meet record. He won a friendly rivalry with Plano East's Justin Blalock.

Dibbles, a defensive lineman, and Blalock, an offensive lineman, will be teammates at Texas. Blalock won the 5A shot put Saturday with a throw of 57-5.


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