Cedar Hill glides at Sheaner Relays

Team appears poised for state title bid after dominant performance

12:29 AM CDT on Sunday, March 25, 2007

By BRANDON GEORGE / The Dallas Morning News

The success of Cedar Hill's football team last December has carried over to track and field. That was never more evident than Saturday at the 43rd Jesuit-Sheaner Relays.

Cedar Hill's boys team showed its depth, talent and balance with victories in field and running events to decisively win the 5A team title at Jesuit's Haggar Stadium. Cedar Hill scored 115.5 points to 65 for second-place DeSoto. North Crowley, led by Baylor signee Marcus Boyd, was third with 62. Skyline was fourth with 48.5.

"They've been waiting to win this meet for four years," Cedar Hill boys coach Sandra Mitchell said. "This is the same team we've had and most of them are seniors. I knew they were going to be special."

Waco won the 4A division team title with 88 points.

Cedar Hill won its first football state title last fall and seems poised to make a run at a 5A state track and field championship.

On Saturday, Cedar Hill athletes broke three school records and were dominant in all phases.

In the field events, Tyron Stewart won the triple jump with a school-record leap of 49 feet, 5 inches, the best mark in the state this year, and was third in the long jump (22-3 ). Dominique Johnson won the long jump (22-8 ) and was second in the triple jump (45-1 ).

Cedar Hill sophomore Tyler Washington set school records, finishing second in the shot put (55-7).

Cedar Hill senior Josh Thomas won both hurdling events. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.41 and the 300 hurdles in 37.93. Cedar Hill also won the 4x100 relay (42.10) and was third in the 4x400 (3:19.32).

"We're just blessed coming off of a state championship in football," Cedar Hill senior Romie Blaylock said. "I guarantee you'll see another ring on our fingers for winning state in track."

North Crowley's Boyd wins 400, 200: North Crowley senior Marcus Boyd showed why he's one of the nation's top sprinters by winning the 400 and 200 meters in Class 5A.

Boyd also ran the anchor leg on North Crowley's 4x400 relay, guiding it to victory in a 5A meet-record time of 3:15.25, the fastest time in the state this year.

Despite a slight slip at the start of the 400, Boyd went on to win in a school-record time of 46.97 seconds (old school record was 47.17), by far the fastest time in the state this year. No one else has even run under 48 seconds. The 46.97 time also set a 5A meet record in the 400, breaking the previous best of 47.10, set by Irving's Ashton Scott and Tyler Lee's Derrick Smith in 1991.

Boyd and Blaylock were neck-and-neck until the final 100 meters. That's when Boyd pulled away to the finish line.

"I was trying to save a little bit for the end and kick it in over the last 100," Boyd said.

Boyd came back later in the evening to win the 200 in 21.79.

Three competitors top 190 feet in 5A discus: There might not be another meet in the state this year that tops what happened in the 5A discus competition Saturday at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays.

Three competitors had a throw that sailed more than 190 feet. Of course, that's what happens when the top two discus throwers in the nation travel from other states to compete at a meet in Dallas. And a strong south wind gave the top-flight competition an extra push.

Clearwater (Kan.) senior Luke Bryant an Arizona signee won the discus with a personal-best throw of 196 feet, 9 inches. Geoffrey Tabor of Ardmore, Okla., was second with a 194-6. DeSoto's Johnny Piggee came in fourth in 176-5. Tabor won the 5A shot put with a heave of 60-10.

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