and field roundup: Lancaster's simple plan works fast
relay events leads to win in 4A field; Garland grabs 5A title
12:55 AM CDT on
Sunday, March 16, 2008
That ol' Lancaster swagger had been missing throughout the
team's last few meets, and coach Greg Williams was determined to
bring it back in time for the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays on Saturday.
So he gave the team a set of instructions that were simple, yet
stern: Run fast and turn left.
"That's how we've run our workouts all week long,"
Williams said. "We went back to the basics, and it worked out
Lancaster walloped the 4A field at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays at
Haggar Stadium with 133 points. The team posted convincing wins in
all three sprint relays, which accounted for 60 points.
Freeman Kelley was part of two winning relays – the 4x100
(42.21) and 4x200 (1:27.90) – and said Lancaster is working
harder than ever to regain its form.
"My coach hasn't been lightening up on us at all because
he wanted us to come here and make a statement," said Kelley,
who was joined by fellow juniors Demontre Hurst and MarQuis
Frazier and sophomore Quentin Harris in the victories. "I
feel as though we made our statement today – and we're not
Lancaster also fared well in field events, as Kelley won the
long jump (22-8) and sophomore Tre Lynch was victorious in the
triple jump (46-¼ ).
Garland captures 5A team title: Two seniors, Jacques
Caldwell and Jarrett Ben, were part of three victories that
propelled Garland ahead of the 5A field with 72 points.
Caldwell won the 200 (21.63) and ran the first leg on the
first-place 4x100 (41.81) and 4x200 (1:28.06). Ben won the 100
(10.74) by a hundredth of a second over his teammate, senior Alex
Williams, and was also on the winning sprint relays.
Dark horse emerges as throwing champ: Whitesboro's
Hayden Baillio captured the discus (185-10) and shot put (62-4)
titles in 5A, topping a competitive field that included
Colleyville Covenant's Alex Adams, who owns the nation's top
discus throw at 209-8.
Red Oak's Corwin Pace battled the elements en route to third
place with a throw of 178-10. He was sixth in the shot put at
"I was trying to get my discus throw up as high as I could
to get a tailwind on it," said Pace, whose season best is
Adams finished fifth in the shot put (56-1) and ninth in the
Spinks wins duel: Flower Mound senior Jack Spinks
outlasted Plano East junior Toddrick Allen to win the high jump at
6-8. Allen's second-place jump was 6-6.
Spinks entered the weekend with the best jump in the nation,
7-0, achieved three weeks ago at the Justin Northwest Texan
Relays. Spinks, a Rice signee, said he was thrown off by the wind
as well as a six-inch change in elevation as he made his approach
to the bar but was satisfied with the victory.
Briefly: Southlake Carroll's Hayden Clark matched his
season-high and area-best height of 15-6 to win the 5A pole vault.
Arlington's Boston Spiva placed second, also at 15-6, and exceeded
his previous season-high by six inches. ... Crosby's Chance Casey
won the 4A 110 hurdles (14:08), exceeding the nation's fastest
time. Entering the weekend, Spring Westfield's Jamele Mason owned
the top time at 14.11. Casey also won the 300 hurdles (37.03).