Team Texas and Team Colorado battled all weekend long in many event. Watch the girls 4x400 relay battle between the two as this race was one of the best all weekend long. Team Colorado wins 3:47.13 to 3:49.23.
In the boys 400m Elite race, two of the culprits from last year's outrageous Texas/Florida(Ok, yeah it was technically a team USA quartet) team battle and controversy from the 2017 Great Southwest Classic were back at it this year.
That is none other than Dallas Carter
senior LaKyron Mays
senior Ashton Hicks
. Mays and Hicks have been synced together for the last two years as they went 1-2 in the 2017 UIL 4A state meet, the 2017 GSW meet, and he 2018 UIL 4A state meet.
Both guys took their latest battle at the state meet to another level as they blasted 46.x second 400m times. The two guys are pretty good friend, but when you get them on the track together you get pure magic and they did it again yesterday in the boys elite 400m
The Boys 200m Elite race was an outstanding race. What does it means for Texas? Well, we had one guy in the race and it was the coming out party of Cameron Anthony Miller
. Miller isn't the house hold name for many because he is not a UIL athlete. However, he is a part of the mighty Dallas Bishop Dunne
sprint crew. The TAPPS crew from Dunne wrecked the TAPPS 6A state meet in the sprints and relays.
With this race, Miller not only jumped out of the UIL shadows in the state of Texas, but the impressive run by the junior against national known names and big time proven athletes like Anthony Schwartz, and Sean Burrell may have put him on the bigger national stage.
Texas girls also made their presence felt in the Girls Elite 200m race. This time, not just one athlete, but two girls crashed the party.
Hollis, came into the meet with her last major performance in the sport being at her JV district meet. Hollis ran JV this season after a transfer to DeSoto from Lancaster. As with her 23.99 for second place, Hollis has run elite times in several events this season on the JV ranks in her two premiere events of 100H and 200m.
Rowe, returned to the track for the first major competition since the UIL 5A state meet where she helped lead her Lake Ridge squad to the team state title. Her 2nd place 100m and 7th place 200m races from the state meet had her wanting more in this race and maybe the 3rd place finish was enough to quench that competitive thirst.
The boys 300 hurdles is one of the many big US events that has some blazing fast athletes in it. Whenever you speak of blazing fast athletes, you can't forget Lone Star kids. This is where Converse Judson senior Tre'Bien Gilbert. Gilbert is the 2018 UIL 6A double hurdle winner from the state meet. He came in the race as the #2 300 meter hurdler in the nation. He tackled the rest of the nation's best as he placed 4th over all with a 36.77.
The Girls Elite 400m had some of Texas young talent in the race.
Our tons of crazy fast junior and senior class gave way to the "babies" of the state and those babies let it be known not to mistake their youth for weakness.
DeSoto sophomore Cierra Wash has been part of the crazy consistent and fast DeSoto relay production over the last two years. This weekend, it was all about her. The second year Eagle blasted a 53.76 for a nearly two second PR.
Crossing the finish line right behind her was Humble Summer Creek freshman Dynasty McClennon. McClennon isn't new to big time meets. Prior to missing last summer due to an ACL injury, McClennon has been a youth sensation. Her first year back we now see at least her second 53 second 400m as she placed fourth yesterday in 53.91.
The GSW boys 4x200 was won in 1:24.25. That's the time they ran, but the time you won't see. The Texas quartet had a mix of UIL and TAPPS and Houston and Dallas flavor. So, who in the world could stop them? Nobody, right? Well, not so fast! The 4x200 has become as Texas owned as bar-b-que or barbeque or whatever. So, you might expect a group of our guys to win this event hands down.
Well they did. Kinda. They crossed the line first by a mile in terms of a 4x200 relay distance. The only thing is, the way they run the 4x200 at the GSW is a little foreign to the traditional way the we do over here. The anchor leg cuts in after the exchange over there. That last exchange proved to be the only thing to take Texas down. With a yellow flag at the third exchange, the Texas boys were DQed for being out of the zone and the win officially went to someone else.
That's alright though, here is the video so everybody knows what really happened!