DeSoto boys track
team meets its match
01:42 AM CDT
on Sunday, March 28, 2010
DeSoto boys track team found out how it stacked up against
state-power Killeen Ellison on Saturday at the 46th annual
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
"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
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's Sveinsson runs nation's fastest
1,600: Greenhill junior Chelsey Sveinsson crossed the finish
line to a standing ovation in easily winning the girls elite
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.
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's Warren breaks 38-year-old 800 meters
record: 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."
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