JESUIT SHEANER RELAYS
Keller's Dalquist stays out in front
Senior sets pair of distance records; Cedar Hill girls win relays
By JON MACHOTA
Austen Dalquist enjoys being the hunted. The senior long-distance runner from Keller doesn’t ease into races. Dalquist pushes himself to grab early leads and then uses the opponents on his heels as motivation.
His plan worked well Saturday at the 50th Jesuit Sheaner Relays. Dalquist shattered the 1600- and 3200-meter run records at what he called his best meet of the year.
“It kind of seems dumb that I take the lead right off the bat, but I just don’t like messing around,” Dalquist said after finishing with times of 4:11.97 in the 1600 and 9:00.49 in the 3200.
“It feels good that I’m able to hammer it down in the last part of the race. It makes me excited for the rest of the season.”
Dalquist knew the type of competition he’d be facing at Jesuit College Preparatory School, and he used it as a measuring stick to see how he stacked up against some of the best in the state.
“In years past, my team has run in some out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere meets that I would win by a good amount,” he said.
“It was hard to push. You really start battling yourself out there.”
Dalquist didn’t have any problems pushing himself on Saturday, posting the area’s best times in both events.
Sprinting for perfection: The girls relay teams at Cedar Hill made their presence known by winning both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. De-Soto finished second and Duncanville finished third in both events.
“Every time we go out there, we’re trying to break a new record,” said I’Shunique Hamilton, who ran on both of Cedar Hill’s winning relay teams. “We push each other because we never know if we’re going to win or lose.”
A lean at the
win the boys 5A
Hurdled No. 1: Allen’s Grant Finney was interested to see how he’d stack up against DeSoto’s Chevis Armstead in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Armstead entered the meet with the area’s best time in the 110 and the third-best time in the 300. Finney topped him in both events.
“It just gives me something to build off,” Finney said after his pair of first-place finishes. “It shows that I can compete with the best in the state.”
Continued dominance: Running against the boys in practice continues to pay off for DeSoto’s Alexis Duncan. The sophomore had another impressive showing in the 100-meter hurdles, easily blazing past Forney’s Kiana Hawn for the victory. Hawn was equally impressive in her victory in the 300 hurdles. … Corsicana senior Noah Gilfillan, one of the best pole vaulters in the nation, had little trouble winning his event. Although the Arkansas commit was aiming for 17-6, he matched his outdoor best of the year by clearing 16-6.
Photo by Steve Hamm/Dallas Morning News Special Contributor
Boyd’s Aaliyah Miller won the 400-and 800-meter races,
posting an area-best time of 2:10.88 in the 800. … Texas
High School of Texarkana traveled three hours to earn
victories in the boys 4x100 and 4x200 relays, edging
Duncanville in both.
Ivy anchored his team's
first place run in the 4A