Rachel Hall will look to make the girls 200m final again this year.
The girls 200m will be an explosive event. It has a loaded field and making the final will be quite the accomplishment. Last year, it took 24.80 to make the final and this year could require an even faster time to get in. Cy-Springs senior Rachel Hall and Kennedale junior Alexis Brown are just two of the outstanding sprinters who will line up for the event.
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Whitney Williams and Bailey Lear may provide us another epic 400m battle
The girls 400m has been one of the premiere events over the last couple of seasons. This season will be no different Frisco Heritage senior Bailey Lear and Frisco senior Whitney Williams will be two of the top performers. Both girls are no stranger to fast times and the big stage. Lear is the current meet record holder with her 55.01 time from 2016. Add Mansfield Lake Ridge senior Ariel Ford who is the 2017 UIL 5A 400m runner-up and the girls 400 could see a new record this year.
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Girls 1 Mile Run
The girls 1 mile run will be full of some of the best distance runners in Texas. Montgomery dynamic junior duo and elite runners Allison Wilson and Halena Rahmaan both ended their cross country seasons at national championship meets. Wilson qualified for the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) and Rahmaan qualified for the Foot Locker Nationals. Throw in Southlake Carroll runners who also qualified for NXN as they always do then you have an elite field. Carroll lead runners Cate Tracht, Sara McCabe, and Sofia Santamaria will help push the pace.
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Noah Green (Left) and Eric Edwards (Right) will compete in the 60m hurdles
It may sound like an exaggeration to say some of the best hurdlers in the world will be competing in the boys 60H field, but it's true. Oregon commit Eric Edwards and Kentucky commit Noah Green have both taken on the world's best and lived to tell about it. In fact, Edwards came away with a gold medal this summer from the Pan American Junior Championships. Both Edwards and Green were finalists at last year's meet and they both look to begin their 2018 season with at win.
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Cruz Gomez #1033 will compete in the boys 1 Mile Run
Boys 1 Mile Run
The boys 1 mile is a deep and quality field. It will probably go a good 4-5 heats deep with quality runners. However, the first heat could be a barn burner. With several quality runners like Cash Kunkel, Cruz Gomez, Ethan Hageman, and Carlos Rodriguez who all have low 4:20 1600m PRs or better, expect a very fast race.
Jake Lamberth took second at the 2017 Great Southwest Classic
Boys High Jump
Boys Long Jump
Boys Pole Vault
Last year, the Girls 4x400 relay was a hot race. This year's sequel should be just as good. First of all, not many Florida teams stick around to run in the relay, but this year the South Florida Striders (St. Thomas Aquinas) will do just that and they must be considered dangerous!
Then there is the rematch of the North Texas Cheetahs Elite (NTC Elite) and Destined2Run (D2R). These two Dallas Metroplex squads provided the action last year and should do so again. NTC Elite has two squads in the fast heat, so pick your poison, but the B team looks to be made up of several of the Duncanville speedsters. The D2R squad also has some straight blazers on their squad including Bailey Lear. This race will definitely be worth waiting until the end for the show.
Last year Track Houston set the meet record of 9:36.75. They could have an even faster group this year. However, they will have to contend with some legit distance runners and by legit, I mean some of the fastest girls in the nation in the 1600m and up distances.
Lining up to battle the speed of the club teams will be Bear Creek (Keller) and Hawk Track Club (Hebron). Keller will put their three seniors who the back to back UIL 6A championship and #4 national Keller cross country team was built around with their outstanding junior and 2:10 800m runner Isabel Van Camp. Hebron will also line up their experienced squad of outstanding runners who recently placed second at the UIL 6A cross country championships and third at NXR South.
Last year, the boys race was one of the best on the track the entire weekend. Four teams ran under 8:00 with the win being decided in the final meters. The Wings Track Club, Richmond Gold, Winners Edge, and Afterburners all dipped under 8:00 with the win and the meet record going to The Wings in 7:55.52.
This year, The Wings looks to defend their title and record, but that will not be an easy task. Winners Edge will be looking to get the win that was in their grasp last year and they have studs on their team including Dereck Elkins and Sean Prendeville. Another quality opponent will be South Florida Striders (St. Thomas Aquinas). They will being in some quality runners that all hover around the 2:00 mark.