The 49th annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays had a few twists with a rain delay, but DeSoto and Lancaster shined as expected with a coming-out party for Colleyville Heritage and top-point medalist Brett Bofinger.
Defending Class 5A state champ DeSoto totaled 80 points to second-place Southlake Carroll’s 56 despite missing points in the 4x400 after a dropped baton on the second leg. DeSoto’s 4x400 team has the nation’s second-fastest time this season.
But first-year DeSoto coach Donald Miller said he was pleased with the results as his team gets ready for the District 7-5A meet on April 10 after next weekend’s Texas Relays in Austin.
“Everything is practice until district,” said Miller, who became coach after Mark Brady retired after last year. “We had some trouble on exchanges with the 4x100, and we can do better on the 4x200. We made some changes on the 4x4 and dropped a baton, and we never drop it. But that’s what we’ll learn from.”
DeSoto’s 4x200 team of Myron Turner, Dontre Wilson, Alfred Tribble and Kyle Collins won with a time of 1:26.43, but it was almost a full second over its fastest time this season. Rainstorms forced the cancellation of the finals, and the winners were determined by heat times.
“It’s all about warming up properly,” Lancaster coach Greg Williams said. “As long as you make sure they do that, that’s what’s important. I was pleased with some things we did. Our 4x200 ran its fastest time.”
The team of senior Daniel Hamilton, junior Xavier Caffee and sophomores Reggie Garner and Gabriel Walker had the best time in the Class 4A division at 1:27.5.
Lancaster won the 4A 4x400 with a time of 3:20.77. Senior Desmond Anderson, junior twins Anthony and Anfernee Robinson and sophomore Eric Age have run a season-best 3:18.5.
Carroll, which won the 5A Sheaner team title last year, had the top three finishers in the 3,200. Trevor Gilley won the 3,200 and took third in the 800.
Colleyville Heritage’s Bofinger won the 400 with a time of 49.34. Bofinger’s third-leg split of 48.2 propelled Heritage to first place in the 4x400.
“We needed to see how we’d do against this type of competition,” Heritage coach Bill Anderson. “This was good for us going into the Texas Relays.”
Euless Trinity to skip Texas Relays: Trinity sprinters Antonio Franklin and Isaac Ellsworth got second and fourth, respectively, in the 100 but will be resting for district next weekend rather than compete in the Texas Relays.
“We were at TCU last week, and running against teams like DeSoto here is like having the Texas Relays right in our own backyard,” Trinity coach David Ryon said. “We’re not sure if we’ll run a meet or just practice next Saturday, but it’s time to focus on district.”
Briefly: Texas signee Logan Brittain of Canyon Randall set a 4A meet record with a first-place 6-10 in the high jump. Brittain drew a crowd to the high jump pit as he tried for 7-0 but didn’t clear it. Brittain has jumped 7-3 this season.
Midlothian senior Jaron Thomas, a Colorado signee, won the 110 hurdles. Midlothian’s Joseph Johnson took first in the triple jump.