The DeSoto boys track team found out how it stacked up against state-power Killeen Ellison on Saturday at the 46th annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays.
The Eagles are off to a fast start this season, but they finally met their match in Ellison, a team they'll see again next week at the Texas Relays in Austin and in early May at the Class 5A Region II meet in Waco.
Led by standout senior sprinter Prezel Hardy, Ellison overwhelmed the Class 5A division at Haggar Stadium and ran away with the prestigious Jesuit-Sheaner Relays team title with a total of 111.5 points.
Lancaster, the two-time defending Class 4A state champion, moved up and competed in the 5A division and finished second with 85 points. The Tigers closed the meet in their usual form, winning the 4x400 relay (3:19.84). Senior Tyler Stephenson also won the 5A 110 and 300 hurdles.
"You don't have any choice but to run fast when you're running against Ellison," Stephenson said. "It will only make us better."
DeSoto finished third with 65 points. The Eagles' day ended badly as they were disqualified in the 4x400 relay because of a false start.
Waxahachie showed its depth by rolling to the Class 4A division team title with 107 points. Madison was second with 66.
Hardy, the Texas A&M signee who won the 5A state 100 title last June in a wind-aided time of 10.08, was the main attraction Saturday. Using a smooth, effortless running style, Hardy wowed the crowd all day.
Hardy started the afternoon running finals by anchoring Ellison - the 5A state runner-up last year behind Rowlett - to a win in the 4x100 relay in 40.66 seconds, the nation's fastest time this year. He ran the 100 for only the second time this season and easily won in 10.45. He also anchored Ellison's 4x200 relay team to a victory (1:26.34) ahead of DeSoto (1:28).
"He's a beast," DeSoto coach Mark Brady said. "We ran well, but Ellison is the best team in the nation and they just happen to be in our region."
Greenhill junior Chelsey Sveinsson crossed the finish line to a standing ovation in easily winning the girls elite 1,600 race.
Despite battling a steady wind, Sveinsson finished 100 meters ahead of her closest competitor in posting the nation's fastest time this year of 4:45.24. That time shattered the meet record of 4:49.9, set in 2004 - the first time the meet hosted the girls elite 1,600 - by former Plano West standout Erin Bedell.
Sveinsson beat a field of 18 - many of whom were defending state champions - and made it look easy. Sveinsson, SportsDay's 2009 girls track athlete of the year, led every lap and started to pull away 500 meters into the race. She led by 70 meters after three laps.
Plano's Rachel Johnson finished second in 4:59.93, the state's third-fastest time this year, and Coppell's Kim Kirby was third in 5:01.66.
Plano senior Sirron Warren continued his impressive start to the season by winning the 5A 800 meters in 1:52.40, equaling the nation's fastest time this year. Warren's time also broke the 38-year-old meet record of 1:53, set in 1972 by Roosevelt's Alvin Crenshaw.
"I felt good out there," Warren said, "but that last 200 in the win was really hard. This is my favorite meet of the season."
Senior Mantrez Landrum of Class 1A Chilton turned in one of the most impressive performances of the morning field event session.
Landrum won the Class 4A division triple jump with a leap of 48 feet, 7½ inches, breaking the 4A meet record mark of 47-7¾, set in 2002 by Ennis' Vincent Marshall. Landrum also won the 4A long jump with a leap of 23-11¾, which leads the state this year.
Landrum is the defending Class 1A state champion in the triple jump (48-3 3/4) and long jump (23-10 1/2). His 48-7½ triple jump ranks fourth in the state this year.
The results keep coming in today for the morning events at the 46th Jesuit-Sheaner Relays at Haggar Stadium in North Dallas.
The running finals are getting close to starting. The 4x100 is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. We have a pretty strong wind right now, so these times will likely be wind-aided.
This morning, Lake Highlands' Meron Fessahaie won the Class 5A 3,200 meters in 9:33.21. Cleburne's Tyler Chappell won the Class 4A division 3,200 in 9:36.78.
Burleson teammates Clint Harris and Blake Jakobsson finished one-two in the Class 5A discus this morning. Harris was first with a throw of 179 feet, 2 inches and Jakobsson was second at 171-1.
Arlington Bowie's Marcques Barnes won the Class 5A shot put with a heave of 56-1 1/2. Richardson's Will Spence was second at 54-5, and Van Alstyne's Shane Jones was third at 51-4.
The 46th Jesuit-Sheaner Relays today at Haggar Stadium in North Dallas is off to a fast start. The weather has been great, and the wind isn't too strong yet. Hopefully the wind stays calm for the afternoon running finals, which begin at 2:30 p.m.
Wylie's Zach Lowe won the Class 5A long jump this morning with a leap of 23 feet, 2 inches. Lancaster freshman Devin Fields was second in 23-1 1/4. Lowe's teammate at Wylie, Jamal Peden, finished third at 22-8 3/4.
Lake Highlands' James Bearden won the Class 5A high jump by clearing 6-6 on fewer attempts than second-place finisher Garrett Robinson of DeSoto. Plano's Jackson Davis was third at 6-4.
In the Class 4A division field events, Waxahachie standout junior receiver Ladarius Brown -- one of the state's top 2011 football recruits -- won the high jump at 6-2. Chilton senior Mantrez Landrum won the 4A triple jump at 48-7 1/2, and Waxahachie's Oshea Cofer was second at 46-9. Landrum's triple jump broke the 4A division meet record of 47-7 3/4, set in 2002 by Ennis' Vincent Marshall.
Landrum is the defending Class 1A state champion in the triple jump (48-3 3/4) and long jump (23-10 1/2).
Madison's Anthony Williams won the 4A division discus throw with a heave of 158 feet, 5 inches. Mesquite Poteet's Andrew Smith was second at 151 feet, and Carrollton Newman Smith's Brett Wyatt was third at 141-10. Forney's Ezra Roberson won the 4A shot put at 50-7 1/4. Carrollton Newman Smith's Brett Wyatt was second at 50-6 and Argyle's Trey Keenan was third at 48-8.