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DyeStat 2001 Outdoor
April 4-7, 2001 at Mike Myers Stadium, Austin TX
74th Texas Relays
by Juan Plaza
The temps got up in the low 80's and down to high 60's and the wind was a factor Friday but was not much of a factor on Saturday in Austin, TX. There were many incredible performances in the boys' and girls' divisions that the packed Mike Myers Stadium witnessed.
Jerrika Chapple, the Long Beach Wilson girls' relay squads and Trey Griffin were among the many highlights of this track meet. There were over 5,000 high school, collegiate and Olympic caliber athletes participating from all over the world in Austin for this huge event.
400 star Jerrika Chapple (Lancaster) won her heat in the 100, an unusual race for her, on Friday in a windy 11.65 but came back Saturday to win the finals in 11.68. Chauntae Bayne (Boswell) finished second with the same time of 11.68.
Chapple also helped her 4x400 squad place 2nd in 3:45.76 but California's Long Beach Wilson was too strong as they won in 3:40.19. Four teams went sub 3:50. Long Beach WIlson also won the 4x200 in 1:37.93 Austin Reagan placed 2nd in 1:38.19. Five teams went under 1:40. LBW won yet one more relay in the 1600 sprint medley. Their time was a rare sub 4 minute performance. It was an impressive 3:55.96.
California also won the 4x100 as J.W. North (Riverside, CA) won in a staggering 45.79. Austin Reagan finished 2nd again in 46.16 as five teams cracked 47 seconds.
In the jumps the highlight was Chaunte Howard's (JW North Riverside CA) 5' 11" performance.
In the throws Michelle Carter (Red Oak) won the shot with a 48' 2".75 toss. Carter is the daughter of NFLer and shot put Olympican Michael Carter.
The sprints were sizzling on Friday as the wind assisted everyone. Trey Griffin (Lockhart), last year's 100m champ, impressed with a 10.39 windy 100. Corsicanna's Danilel Manning and Louisiana junior Jonathan Wade (Evangel C.A.) responded with 10.47 and 10.48 performances. In the final they wind only read +1.7 and Griffin triumphed in 10.52. Wade finished 2nd and Manning was 3rd as they both clocked 10.58. It was tight the whole way to the tape. Junior Nicholas Johnson (OD Wyatt, Ft Worth), the soph record holder, did not show up for the finals.
Tony Francis continued the hurdling tradition at Giddings (Jermaine Cooper's alma mater) as he sped a windy 13.68 in the prelims and came back to edge out football All-American Bennie Brazell of Houston Westbury, 13.90 to 13.92. The wind was legal for the final (+1.6).
The relays saw Houston Washington surprise in the 4x100 as they won in 40.95. Dallas Carter, the heavy favorite who have run 40.4 already, had a couple of botched handoffs and fell out of contention early.
Houston Forest Brook leads the nation in the 4x200 and they showed why as they won in 1:25.42 with strong legs from Ivory McCann and Willie Hodge. Forest Brook finished 2nd in the 4x400 despite strong splits by McCann (46.8) and Hodge (46.7) oin 3:16.32. Greenville won in 3:15.27.
In the throws the top performance has to go to Jonathan Reeves (Fort Bend Austin) as he won the shot put with a 67' 1" toss. He also won the discus with a 186' 7" toss.
In the jumps Andrew Gamble (Converse Judson) won the triple jump with a 49' 7" leap.
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