Carter Blunt set one meet record and came close to breaking another at the 51st Jesuit-Sheaner Relays at Postell Stadium.
The Frisco Independence junior completed the distance double Saturday by winning the Class 5A 1,600-meter run in 4:12.46. Blunt’s time was four seconds off the 48-year-old record set by Robert Gonzales.
On Friday, Blunt broke the meet record in the 3,200 with an 8:57.01, six seconds faster than his personal best. Austen Dalquist of Keller held the record with a 9:00.49 set last year.
“I’ve been training really hard, and the two miles went by fast,” Blunt said, who took the high point honor in Class 5A.
In the 1,600, Blunt grabbed the lead at the start. Jose Viegra of Pflugerville Hendrickson stayed on Blunt’s outside shoulder until falling back in the late stages of the third lap.
With no one threatening from a deep field, Blunt began to think about Gonzales’ record.
“I heard 3:09 before the last lap, and I was trying to dig for it,” Blunt said.
Full strength: Mesquite Hornn, winner of the girls 4x200 relay, was not sure it could put its best four runners on the track until a few hours before the race. Daysha Bullocks, a junior, was involved in a crash Friday that totaled her car.
“We were all worried that she wouldn‘t be able to run,’’ said Taylor Blackshire, one of three sophomores on the relay that also includes Lyric Choice and 100-meter winner Kaylor Harris. “Today we put Horn on the map.’’
Horn, with a winning time of 1:40.82, edged runner-up Cedar Hill, the team that most concerned the Lady Jaguars.
Said Harris: “Last year, we were extremely young. We could make finals, but we weren’t winning. Summer track helped a lot.”
Size no hurdle: At 5-6, Plano sophomore Charles Brockman admits he is short for a hurdler.
But size is overrated, he said after winning the Class 6A 110 hurdles in 14.50 seconds to remain unbeaten in a weather-shortened season.
“You just have to know how to run hurdles and stay low,” said Brockman, who called it the best victory of his high school career.
Chevis Armstead of DeSoto, No. 4 nationally and a state champion in the event, scratched in the finals. Garrett Moore of Mansfield Legacy was disqualified for a false start. Armstead owned the best morning qualifying time, and Brockman had third-best, behind Moore.
Seeing Moore go out did nothing to settle Brockman’s nerves.
“I was nervous that I was going to false start, too,” he said.
All alone: Samantha Gonzalez, a Carrollton Creekview senior, dominated in the 300 hurdles with a strategy of being aggressive and not settling in. The University of Miami signee quickly separated from the pack, and the lead just kept growing.
“I usually run by myself in practice, so I’m used to training at high speed alone,” she said after finishing in 43.23.
Briefly: DeSoto won the 6A boys competition, and Waco won 5A.
Randy Jennings is a freelance writer based in Grand Prairie.