Saturday, March 27, 2010
Stout competition at Jesuit-Sheaner
By Randy Jennings
The Jesuit-Sheaner Relays event has gained a reputation as the area
track and field meet to attend if you can go to only one.
Celebrating its 46th anniversary Saturday, the meet shows no signs
of slowing down, just like its namesake, 85-year-old honorary meet
director Herb Sheaner. Upon his retirement after a 20-year career
Jesuit track and field coach in 1975, Sheaner's name was added to
what began as the Jesuit Relays.
Field events begin at 8 a.m., running events start at 9 a.m. and
running finals are scheduled to get under way at 2:30 p.m. at Haggar
Stadium on Jesuit's campus in North Dallas.
The secret to the meet's longevity is competition.
"When I was coaching, I wanted to take my best athletes to the best
meets to allow them to compete against the best," said Sheaner.
Competition at this year's meet should be especially fierce in the
three relay races. DeSoto (4x100), Killeen Ellison (4x200) and
Lancaster (4x400) have recorded the state's best times.
Kenneth Minkah of DeSoto and Lancaster's duo of Tyler Stephenson and
Kendall Hayes will continue a South I-35 rivalry in the 110 high
In the meet's only girls event, elite distance runner Chelsey
Sveinsson of Greenhill will be challenged by 16 others in the
At last count, 56 high schools will be represented. Only a few will
field compete teams.
Team champions from both divisions of the 2009 meet will return.
Rowlett heads a field of 32 schools in the Class 5A division.
Arlington Seguin will attempt to repeat in the 4A-and-under
division, which has 24 entrants.