LaKeidra Hayes Leads Lancaster To 14th Title, First As HC

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The Lancaster Ladies took home their UIL record 14th track and field state championship back home.

It's been three years since they won their last state title back in 2021 as they've taken home two bronze trophies over the last two seasons.

This year was the beginning of a new era as their living legend coach Beverly Humphries retired beginning the stent for new head coach LaKeidra Hayes.

All Hayes did was lean in on her team's strengths....speed. Lancaster kept things simple and instead of spreading themselves thin across the board, this team loaded the relays and added one individual entry.

The double point relay scoring system actually made the decision pretty simple. Nobody was able to beat the Lady Tigers, so they played the right hand en route to the win.

Going into the afternoon session after the field events, Lancaster was only looking at Killeen Chaparral who scored 22 points and Lubbock Cooper who scored 16 points who had significant leads prior to the running events.

Quickly closing the gap was Coach Hayes' 4x100 relay as they won by nearly three-tenths of a second running 46.08 for 20 points. They followed that up by taking the team points lead by winning the 4x200 relay by over two seconds and adding another 20 points.

Lancaster closed the door by getting the 200m individual win from sophomore Saniyah Miller with her 23.52 performance. That gave Lancaster 50 total points with the 4x400 relay remaining.

Lancaster had the fastest UIL 5A 4x400 relay all season long and they closed the door by winning the state meet with a time of 3:45.38 and held off Lucas Lovejoy on the anchor leg who finished runner-up as a team.

Coach Hayes talked with MileSplit following the UIL 5A state meet.