Just two weeks ago, the DeSoto girls 4x100 team members had already become National Record (NR) holders in the 4x100 relay.
A Region 1-6A Meet performance of 44.44 made them the fastest group of four girls any high school team had ever seen. However, that didn't get them the state meet record.
To run a NR, things have to be perfect or close enough to it for all conditions to produce something that had never been done before. Texas' UIL rule of recognizing a UIL state record as only a time, distance, or height performed at the UIL state meet would be the only challenge left for DeSoto.
The perfect issue was the issue. Saturday afternoon thunderstorms provided caution and apprehension to if weather condition would be conducive enough for a possible state meet record.
However, things cleared up approximately an hour before the 5:30 p.m. start time and allowed the track to dry up in time for the race.
The quartet of JaEra Griffin, Jayla Hollis, Taylor Armstrong, and Rosaline Effiong would get their opportunity to better the 2004 mark of 44.60 set by Dallas Skyline.
Not only was DeSoto able to replicate their 44.44 to get the state record, they were also able to improve on their NR by running a 44.24. Not only do the Lady Eagles now own the UIL state record, they also now have the fastest two times ever run!