Timberview And Lancaster Girls Win UIL 5A Relay Titles

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Girls 4x100 Relay

Mansfield Timberview came into the meet with the top time from regionals with their 46.08 and they had sights on defending champs Fort Bend Marshall and perennial powerhouse Lancaster on their outside.

It was Frisco Liberty and Marshall after the first exchange and then Timberview joined the party with a strong second leg. Timberview pulled alongside Marshall at the end of the third and final exchange to set up a good showdown for the homestretch.

A smooth pass for Timberview and a bad handoff for Marshall ended that hope and was the deciding factor in this race. The Timberview anchor gave nothing back as she powered to the end. Marshall was able to hold on to second to get the silver medal with Dallas area schools Lancaster and McKinney North battling it out for the third place medal.

Lancaster held on by the slimmest of margins at 46.52 with Marshall ahead in 46.26 and Timberview's winning time of 45.97 impressed all in the crowd.

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Girls 4x200 relay 

Lancaster no doubt wanted to redeem themselves heading into the 4x200 meter relay after they finished third in the 4x100 relay.

They were the defending champions from last year and they had the best regional performance of 1:37.13 by almost two full seconds over the next best time.

Marshall got the first exchange after a superb scratch leg and held the lead through the second leg. However, it was Lancaster fighting back on the backstretch to force and even exchange with Marshall for the anchor leg.

The Lancaster anchor leg pulled ahead to create a sizeable lead coming off the turn that Marshall could not recover from to give them back-to-back state meet wins in this event imn 1:37.36.

Marshall was runner-up in 1:38.05 and Timberview was third in 1:39.34.

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Girls 4x400 Relay

Lancaster and Lovejoy were the top performers from the regional round as they went 3:46.88 and 3:47.61 out of Region 2-5A. Region 3-5A champs Fort Bend Marshall were also sitting pretty with their 3:51.13 seed time.

With Lovejoy anchor Kailey LIttlefield fresh off of the 1,600, her fitness level would be tested in this relay.

Lancaster's leadoff leg would make up all of the stagger providing almost two seconds cushion to the second leg. Fort Bend Marshall would handoff second and Prosper Rock Hill in third.

After a perfect second execution of the exchange zone, Lancaster increased their lead and Rock Hill closed on Marshall then moved into second on the curve with a brilliant leg by Jourdin Edwards. But Marshall would battle back to regain their second place position and even close on Lancaster a little bit.

Lancaster was just too technically sound in the zone and move ahead even more -- Until Rock hill's anchor closed hard putting Lancaster's win in jeopardy for the first time.

However, the lead was too much and the Lancaster anchor found the final gear and changed it all of the way to the finish for the win in 3:46.63 over Rock Hill in 3:47.87, and Marshall in 3:48.23 for third.

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Lancaster repeated their 4x200 relay championships

Photo Credit: Chance Kirby - MileSplit TX