Jesuit-Sheaner Girls Preview: Will State 400m Record Fall?


This weekend, the Jesuit-Sheaner will be a game changer of a track and field meet.

With many of the DFW's best coming to party deep in the heart of Dallas, Texas, it will no doubt be a meet for the record books. The girls meet entires came out today and they show how exciting of a meet this is going to be.

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Here is What To Watch For (W2W4):

SPRINTS

Mansfield Lake Ridge's Kelly Rowe will compete in the 100m and 200m

The girls sprints in Texas are always explosive. The 100m will have many outstanding sprinters in the field including two of the best. Mansfield Lake Ridge senior Kelly Rowe isn't too far from an outstanding 60m performance at NBNI that saw her run her way into the finals. This weekend, she will tackle the tough task of trying to defeat DeSoto freshman JaEra Griffin. The ultra talented Griffin absolutely killed it during indoor season and has continued that up with a TX #1 spot in the 100m with a 11.73.

The two powerful sprinters will also duel it out in the 200m. Things will get a little more intresting when you throw in the Simmons twins from Leonard. Kelcie Simmons and Natalie Simmons are two of the nicest and smartest young ladies you ever want to meet, but when they are healthy, they act very bad and stupid good on the track and in the field.

DISTANCE

Hockaday's Adoette Vaughan will compete in the 3200m

I am not touching this one. After the way many of these girls showed out last weekend at Southlake Carroll in the Texas Distance Festival races there is no telling what these ladies will do in good weather conditions.

With Keller, Carroll, Dallas Ursuline, Hebron, Frisco Liberty and Grapevine girls in the fields, you know there is quality talent. That doesn't even include Adoette Vaughan, Elizabeth Reneau, Grace Plain, Ava Peeples, Madison Acosta and Emily Garcia....just too many strong and dangerous distance girls to watch out for.

High Jump

Sanaa Barnes will go FTW at Jesuit-Sheaner

Sanaa Barnes, the 2017 UIL 6A state high jump champ will headline the event at the meet, but make no doubts, there are girls who will absolutely make sure she will be on her p's and q's to win. Alyssa Miller is another stud high jumper who is capable of winning just about every meet she is entered it. However, things don't just stop there. Jazzmine Harvey has proven this year that she is out to get all she can in the high jump. She makes it three girls in the field that have season PBs of 5-7 and better.

Long and Triple Jumps

Jasmine Moore is coming off of a fantastic NBNI meet

Ok, so we all know when the queen of jumps is in the stadium no matter what city, state, or even country that she will have a good chance of winning. 

Jasmine Moore will be coming off of her successful NBNI performances and transitioning back into the outdoor runways and elements.

Other girls in the field wont make it easy for her though. Other big time jumpers like Tosin Alao and others will definitely be gunning for a victory as well.

THROWS

The throws field has some of 2018s top girls in both throws. Faith Ette of Mansfield Lake Ridge will be one of the favorites as she is competing in both throw events. Allen thrower Klaire Bentley will challenge for the win in the shot put and DeSoto dual thrower Brianna Washington will challenge along with Ette in both throws.

Pole Vault


Grace Ridgeway will battle a very good field at Jesuit Sheaner Relays

There will be two state champions headlining the pole vault competition. Dallas Parish Episcopal senior Megan Fitzgerald is a 3-time TAPPS state champion in the pole vault. She will take on the competition that include the 2017 UIL 5A state champion Grace Ridgeway from Lucas Lovejoy.

400m

Can Bailey Lear break the state record this weekend?

The girls 400m will be the race you will not want to miss out on. The fire power in the race could be the best 400m race outside of this year's Brooks PR.

Yes, it could be that good. 

In fact, the stat record could go down! Yes, the 51.96 would usually be safe in most years, but this weekend's meet has the makings of record breaking performance.

First, you have Bailey Lear entered. By her own admission, she is out to break records. She just so happens to have done so in almost every meet that she competed in the 400m this year. Lear has a 53.02 PR in the 400m and breaking 53 has to be on her mind.

Then there is Kennedy Blackmon. Blackmon has been running out of her mind this season. She has a 54.74 indoor 400m on the books and a 23.74 200m this outdoor season. She certainly has the jets to challenge Lear or make her run fast enough to try to break the clock.

Ariel Ford is the 2017 UIL 5A runner-up in the 400m. She has a 55.30 PR in the 400m and has been working on her speed, so she will definitely be in the mix. 

DeSoto junior Bryannia Murphy is the current state leader in the 400m with her 54.65 performance from last weekend at TSU Relays. Expect her to run for the win no matter who is in the race.

Cierra Wash is another DeSoto quarter mile star who has been working on her leg speed as well. Like Murphy, Wash had a good run at TSU Relays last weekend with her TX #3 54.97.

Allen senior and 2017 UIL 6A runner up in the 400m Esther Ekeanyanwu will also race. She has a 56.06 SB, but has gone 53.83. She has the ability to make a push for the win and definitely ensure this will be a fast race.

Frisco junior Whitney Williams won the UIL 5A state meet back in 2016 and she also brings 53.68 capability to the race. Williams is on the recovery road back from an ACL injury, but is right on pace with the 2016 when she ripped of three straight 53.x races.

Also, making a cameo in the 400m at Jesuit-Sheaner is "Mrs. Do It All" Arius Williams from Duncanville. Williams has competed in the sprints and the mid-d events. She is at the top of the leaderboard on the season in the 200m, 400m, and the 800m. She definitely has star power and will contend for the win.

Those are eight girls who could take the eight lanes for the finals, but with about 5-6 other girls entered who have also run 56-57 this season, nothing is a given -- except that this will be a dynamite race!


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