post by Herb Sheaner 


Nobody, but nobody has come close to bettering Michael Carter’s 70’ ¼” shot put record he set at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays, back in March of 1979.
Last year to suggest that anyone would or could break the 70’ 0¼” mark was laughable. But Rio Grande City coach Larry Howell said then that his boy would do just that when they return to the 2009 45th Annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays this year. This past weekend the Rio Grande City shot putter, Stephen Saenz put the shot 71’ 0¼” at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston . Runner-up was Hayden Baillio, Whitesboro, last year’s shot winner at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. Both are entered in the Relays. 

On Saturday, March 28th, Stephen Saenz is coming to Dallas from Rio Grande City to the Relays to do just that…break Michael Carter’s thirty year old record. Has anyone in Texas high school put the shot 70’ in the past thirty years?  Most boys are twenty foot short. A very few hit sixty, How does Stephen Saenz and his coach Larry Howell feel about his chances of breaking Michael Carter’s record?

Another Record breaker is Matt Kosecki, Humble High School, the discus thrower who set a new Texas Relays Record last year with a 202’ 3” throw will be looking to set a new discus record at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays this year. Brad Sellers, Arlington Bowie holds the current discus record of 196’ 10” set in 2005.

These two rare, outstanding athletes that are coming to Dallas for the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. Both are 2008 High School All-Americans. Come see them in competition Saturday morning 8:30 and 11:00 am at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays, 12345 Inwood Road, Dallas.    

... Add Corey Jones, Boonville MO to the list of stand out throwers. Corey, ranked US#5 in 2008, was the '08 Missouri State Champion with shot put of 66' 3¾".


Does anyone know how much effort is put into training, the number of meets, competitions and runs, over a four year period, before a Texas high school girl is able to set a significant Mile Run Record Time?  The record holder sets a standard and is admired. Well, here comes Chelsey Sveinsson as a freshman at Dallas Greenhill School and she sets a Texas Record for girls 1600m as a freshman. Chelsey Sveinsson is a phenom!  As a freshman she ran the Mile Run at Penn Relays in a time of 4:41.87. That's better than all the mile times ever run at the Texas U.I.L. State Meet. Now, Chelsey, a sophomore is ranked number three in the nation in the 1600m. Chelsey will be a “highlight” runner in this year’s Jesuit-Sheaner Relay’s “Elite Girls Mile Run”.

Her top competition will be Ashley Isham, Cedar Park Vista Ridge High School , who was last year’s winner of the Luke's Locker Elite Girls 1600m at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays, and every one of the top 10 girls in the Dallas area. This past weekend Ashley's teammate, Amanda Russell,  placed second in the National Scholastic Indoor Championships held in New York City. She will be at the Jesuit-Sheaner too making this an event you don't want to miss. 

The “Luke's Locker Elite Girls 1600 Meter Run” will start at 4:15 at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. It will be worth the price of a ticket to see her and the girls in the “Elite 1600 Meter Race”.


Marquise Goodwin and Kyle Clemons -  THE 2008 STATE MEET “SUPERMEN”

Marquise medaled in five events, winning the long jump with a fantastic jump of 26’ 1½”, won the triple jump 50’ 0”, 2nd in the 100 meter dash, ran a leg on the third place 4x200 relay and a leg on the winning 4X100 Relay. Rowlett had the nation’s best time in the 4x100, 40.26 in 2008. Marquise is a returning high school All-American entered in Saturday’s, March 28th Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. Kyle Clemons won the State Meet 400 meters and has the US#2 time this week.  Kyle ran on the relays with Marquise. He is entered in the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays.  

Marquise and Kyle along with the other two relay runners propelled Rowlett to the class 5A State Meet team championship.   

Marquise will have competition at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. In the 100 meters, Look for up and coming young sprinters, Chris Bain (Jr.), Justin Northwest and freshman Corey Bassett (Fr.), Plano East. Quite a race here. In the 4A division Skye Dawson, Dallas Christian, running in the 4A Division, has a 10.29 this year and is ranked #3 in Texas. He will be challenged by Darius Jones and Aaron Franklin coming in from Marshall out East Texas way.

Look for Kenith Roseman, TC-Cedar Hill in the jumps too; he has already gone 23' 10" and 48' 7". He wants the meet record of 50' 6"set by Brandel Lawrence, DeSoto in 1999.

Long Jump and Triple jump start at 8:00 am.  Running finals begin 2:30 pm.


Vince Frawley, Midlothian , has cleared 16’ 11” this season in the pole vault. He is presently ranked as the number one vaulter in Texas . 16'11" would have placed him as US#5 last year according to the December Track and Field News list, compiled by Jack Shepard. This height would also have earned him All-American honors last year. Vince is entered in the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays, Saturday, March 28th and by no means does he have the pole vaulting competition locked-up.  

Local boys will provide plenty of competition. Michael McLeod, Denton Ryan, won the 4A pole vault competition last year at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays and Hayden Clark, Southlake Carroll won the 5A Division. Both are returning to the Relays this year. Other outstanding area vaulters are Luke Beck, Royce City, Boston Spiva, Arlington, Sam Retzloff and Chris Thompson of Argyle, and Casey Wicker of Jesuit….all of these local boys have cleared 15’ or better in competition. Vince’s top height last year through early May was 15’ 6”…now 16’ 11”.  

Probably, Vince’s toughest competition will come from out-of-the-area vaulters. 2008 UIL 4A State Meet pole vault champion, Jared Parker, Vidor High School, who cleared 16’ 6” last year, Logan Cunningham, who cleared 16’ 4” last year, and teammate 16 footer Landon Ferguson from Smithson Valley, the 2008 Louisiana State Meet Champion, Joseph Caraway, Lacassine High School, this year’s LSU Indoor Meet Pole Vaulting Champion, clearing 16’.  

The Frawley family is not finished. Another son, Vince’s twin brother, Eric Frawley has cleared 16’ 5” this year and is presently ranked 2nd in the state. He also is in the competition.  

The Frawley brothers will have their hands full with not only the locals but with the out-of-towners. Their older brother Nick Frawley holds the current 4A Pole Vault Record at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays with a clearing height of 16’ 8” set in 2006. Nick went on to win the 4A State Meet vaulting championship. Back in 2006, I told the younger boys that they would have to break brother’s record. They just nodded and indicated they would. Then I didn’t believe they would get this close but now I know they can.

...Add Jack Whitt, Norman North OK. 2008 All-American and leads the nation this year with jump of 17' 10¾"

Final Vaulting competition will begin at 1:00 pm. Both Divisions, all classification pole vaulters, vault  together at one time.  


RELAYS – Everybody in this meet wants a shot at running in the finals with Rowlett in the 5A 4x100 Relays.  Last year Rowlett had the best time in the nation in the 4x100, and won the 5A State Meet 4x100 Championship.  And they still have All-American Marquise Goodwin and the 5A State Meet 400 meter champion on their relay. 

HURDLES – You can’t have a better high school competitor in the hurdles than Chance Casey, Crosby the 2008 All-American and defending State Champion in both events. The top area and out-of-the area hurdlers will test him.

JUMPS – 2008 State Meet Champion Toddrick Allen of Plano East has gone 7'0" and Jared Colbert, Arl. Seguin has cleared 6'10" this season for the TX#1 and TX#2 rankings.  All-American Marquise Goodwin, the 5A State Meet Champion, 50’ 0”,  and Kenith Roseman, Trinity Christian Cedar Hill, 48’ 7” will put on quite a show in the Triple Jump.  They all could break the record of 50’ 6” set by Brandel Lawrence, DeSoto in 1999. 

DISTANCE AND MIDDLE DISTANCE – Sirron Warren (Jr.), Plano, TX#2, is going after a 37 year old record set by Alvin Crenshaw of Roosevelt in 1972. The record is 1:53.0 and Sirron, only a junior, has run 1:53.96 already this year. 

There are so many good runners in these events that you must conclude that some very good runners will not medal. Chris Brown, Southlake Carroll, Anthony Groom, Grapevine, Austin Roth, Lake Highlands, Stephen Curry, Argyle, Austin Roth, Lake Highlands, Juan Sanchez of Plano, Jim  Stitt, Mansfield Timberview, Nathan Collier, Pottsboro and Zachary Ornelas, Vista Ridge and Louisiana State Meet winner, Matt Wolfe, Boozier Parkway head the list, and are among the best in the state in their event. 

Teams/Individuals traveling the most distance to the 2009 Jesuit-Sheaner Relays – New York City, Bossier City LA, Humble TX, Rio Grand City TX, Lacassine LA, Crosby TX, Vidor TX, Marshall TX, Smithson Valley TX, Cedar Park TX.