|Texas State Meet|
11 US#1s and 320 Elite marks
May 11-12, 2007 University of Texas, Austin, TX
DyeStat on-site coverage with John Sullivan and Bert Richardson
Friday: Super 4A doubles by Robert Griffin (incl. #2 all-time 35.33 300H) and Tiffany Townsend
Saturday: US#1 4x200 Hightower boys & Timberview girls, Victoria Lucas 6-1 HJ in 5A
Mike Myers Stadium
the meet's own site
Prior Years on Dyestat:
|11 new US #1s|
13.55 B-110H Copperas Cove jr Robert Griffin
35.33 B-300H Copperas Cove jr Robert Griffin
40.56 B-4x100 Klein Forest
1:23.92 B-4x200 Hightower
25-0 B-LJ Rowlett soph Marquise Goodwin (+0.9 wind)
50-9.5 B-TJ Cedar Hill sr Tyron Stewart (+0.2 wind)
11.21 G-100 Killeen sr Tiffany Townsend
22.84 G-200 Killeen sr Tiffany Townsend
53.29 G-400 Clear Brook jr Erica Alexander
1:36.37 G-4x200 Timberview
6-1 G-HJ Midland jr Victoria Lucas
- Quick Saturday highlights -- Quick Friday highlights
9:00 a.m.: Friday, May 11 - 1st Session: 3200-Meter Runs - 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A
6:00 p.m.: Friday, May 11 - 2nd Session: 1A & 4A
9:00 a.m.: Saturday, May 12 - 3rd Session: 3200-Meter Run- 5A
12:00 noon: Saturday, May 12 - 3rd Session: 2A & 3A
6:00 p.m.: Saturday, May 12 - 4th Session: 5A
The action will be hot and heavy as always, in this 5 classes, finals-only track extravaganza. If the weather cooperates (rain is predicted), expect the usual bevy of fast times and big marks at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
- Stevens soph Rynell Parson, the current 100m US#1 at 10.32
- Copperas Cove jr Robert Griffin, the current 110 hurdles US#1 at 13.59 and US#2 35.85 300 hurdles (Carter sr Oscar Spurlock, 13.52 wind-aided)
- Garland boys, US#3 4x100 relay at 40.92 (Lewisville US#4 41.00, Klein Forest US#5 41.02)
- Lewisville boys, 1:24.50 US#1 4x200 relay (Klein Forest 1:24.55 US#2, Garland 1:24.92 US#3, Judson 1:25.2 US#4)
- DeSoto boys, US#2 3:11.67 4x400 relay
- Clear Brook sr Maston Wallace, 17-1 US#2 pole vaulter
- Mansfield sr Grant Lindsey, 7-3 US#2 high jumper
- Cedar Hill sr Tyron Stewart, 51-8.5 triple jumper (nwi)
- Cedar Hill soph Tyler Washington, US#5 discus thrower at 198-6
- Killeen sr Tiffany Townsend, 11.48 US#5 100 (11.26w), 23.43 US#2 200 (23.09w)
- Clear Brook jr Erica Alexander, 54.12 US#4 400
- Lancaster jr Ashley Starks, US#4 42.09 300 hurdles
- A&M Consolidated girls, 46.17 US#3 4x100 relay
- Timberview girls, 1:37.04 US#1 4x200 (Arl. Bowie 1:37.57 US#2, Lancaster 1:37.70 US#3, Skyline 1:38.09 US#5)
- Marshall sr Brittani Carter, 5-11 US#1 high jumper
- Mansfield soph Shade Weygandt, 13-4 US#3 pole vaulter
- Warren jr Kia Wansley, 40-7.75 (nwi) triple jumper (Eastwood jr Jessica Ubanyionwu 40-4 nwi)
- Yoe sr Charlissa Foster, US#3 160-0 discus thrower (DeSoto soph Skylar White US#4 157-3)
Stevens soph Rynell Parson, the US#1 with an FAT/wind-legal 10.32, is the biggest name in the 5A 100 field, which consists of all first-time state 100 finalists. While nothing is guaranteed, look for a tight battle for 2nd with someone emerging from the pack. Absent are defending champ Brandon Myers, the US#3 returnee, who false-started at regionals, and Terrell McNeil, the Texas Relays champ, along with other big regular season wins, who did not run at regionals. The 4A field has defending champ Angelton jr DJ Monroe, the US#5 returnee at 10.45, as well as runner-up Texas City sr Whitney Prevost, who beat Monroe at regionals. In 3A action, Madison sr Shawbrey McNeal hopes to hold on to his title, with heavy competition from bronze medalist Skywater sr Skye Green, 10.51 best in 2006. In the 5A 200, US#3 returnee Austin sr Mychal Dungey is looking to repeat his 20.95 winner, but he’ll have his hands full after being nipped 21.15-21.16 by Parson at regionals in an instant-classic. Silver medalist Jacques Caldwell is back, along with 4th-place finisher Desmond Jackson. We could see 3 or more under 21-flat. In the 400, North Crowley sr Marcus Boyd is the only familiar name from last year’s 5A final (4th) and he captured the NSIC. His main challengers appear to be Robert Simmons and Danzell Fortson. Giddings sr Bill Lawhorn is attempting the 100-200-400 triple in 3A, with the 400 his strongest event based on his 47.65 season best.
The girls 5A 100 appears to be up for grabs, with Cy Springs jr Grecia Bolton the fastest finalist with an 11.76 regional winner, and defending champ Clear Brook jr Erica Alexander opting for the 200-400 double. In addition to Alexander, the 5A 200 has Naaman Forest sr Kyericka Cole, who has also dipped under 24 this season. Killeen sr Tiffany Townsend has had a stellar year, with 11.48 US#5 100 (11.26w) and 23.43 US#2 200 (23.09w) efforts, and the NSIC 60 and 200 crowns indoors. She’ll be challenged by Wheatley jr Dominique Duncan in the 4A 100 and 200. The 5A 400 should be an exciting rematch as Cy Fair sr Brittany Machacek's US#6 54.38 at regional nipped Alexander, US#4 with a prior 54.12, by just .05. And don’t count out the rest of the field!
Runner-up Cy Falls jr Blake Shaw is the only returning 5A 800 finalist, and he posted an impressive wire-to-wire 1:51.58 at regionals. But Skyline soph Howard Shepard was the surprise of last summer. After sitting out the varsity season, he burned up the Junior Olympic circuit, including nationals wins at USATF over Shaw, 1:52.25 to 1:53.61, and then AAU. This season, Shaw got the better of Shepard on the SMR anchor leg at Texas Relays in their only meeting. Along with fellow underclassmen Philip Pierott and Eric Gosset, both under 1:54 at regionals, this final promises to be competitive, and the next couple could be ones to remember. In the 5A 1600 and 3200, Southlake Carroll jr Colby Lowe is the class of the fields. This 2-time Foot Locker finalist has not lost a race (track or XC) in Texas since last year’s state 1600 bronze, after taking the 3200 earlier in the day. Michael Cook has been hot in the 1600 recently, and could lead the solid group of state rookies chasing silver. Alex Neff, 4th last year, will try to regain his early season 3200 form (9:03.33), coming back from a recent throat infection, in a wide-open race for the other medals. Missing from the fray is Duncan Phillips, the state 1600 and Boston Indoor mile champ, who would have been a major force in any of the 3 distances, but was felled by a foot injury.
The 5A 800 is tough to call, with Lake Highlands sr Angelina Williams owning the top time with her regional 2:13.20 and several others within striking distance. Silver medalist Westfield jr Brintney Green was a regional casualty. Cy Creek sr Allison Pye is the sole 5A 1600 qualifier under 5:00 this season, with defending 1600 (and 3200) champ Nichole Jones at Baylor after graduating early, and runner-up Richardson sr Jillian Rosen, a Foot Locker finalist, slowed by injuries this spring, but in the field. Pye and Kingwood jr Kristen Hanselka have both broken 10:50, and could match their 1-2 regional finish in the 5A 3200. McKinney North sr Samantha Means, the Texas Relays 3200 champ in 10:38.82, is the class of the 4A field. The 3A distances should be thrillers, with Argyle jr Kristie Krueger (4:58.60, 10:43.15) and Giddings sr Michelle Guzman (5:01.20, 10:47.74) owning similar season bests.
Carter sr Oscar Spurlock, the 2006 5A 110 hurdles winner and US#3 returnee, is a strong favorite as the only returning finalist, with silver medalist and current US#1, Copperas Cove jr Robert Griffin, moving down to 4A, where he’ll be a heavy favorite in the 110 and 300 hurdles. In the 5A 300 hurdles, Cedar Hill sr Josh Thomas is looking to improve on his 4th place finish, against six others who have dipped under 38 seconds. In 4A, Griffin’s 35.85 is the US#2 300 hurdles.
Humble sr Karyn LaCour hopes to defend her 5A title in the 100 hurdles, with runner-up Lufkin sr Demeeka Jones and DeSoto sr Gayla Cloud among her chief competitors. Lancaster sr Tenaya Jones and Lincoln sr Lydia Reddic will push each other in 4A. Horn sr Destinee Nixon posted a quick 42.43 for the 300 hurdles in her 5A regional, while Lancaster jr Ashley Starks, US#4 at 42.09, heads the 4A field. The landscape changed in the 5A girls hurdles when Skyline sr April Williams, the 2006 US#1 100 hurdler and current #3 in the 300H, scratched from the state meet.
Mansfield sr Grant Lindsey, the current US#2 high jumper at 7-3, has the credentials to take claim the 5A title. US#2 Clear Brook sr Maston Wallace has vaulted well all year, with wins at the Reno PV Summit, Nike Indoor Nationals (all-time indoor US#3 17-5) and Texas Relays, and he should top the 5A charts. Aledo sr Joseph Farley is very strong in 4A, with a 16-6 vault this season. Rowlett soph Marquise Goodwin is one of only two returning 5A long jump finalists and has reached 24-4w this year. Plainview jr Michael Egnew uncorked a 24-4.5 leap at his 4A regional. In the 2A long jump, Hempstead sr Terrence Tolliver, the state 3A winner and US#1 returnee, goes against Texas Relays champ Hearne sr Chris Carter, also a 49-6.5 triple jumper. Cedar Hill sr Tyron Stewart is the sole state veteran in the 5A triple jump, and his 51-8.5 region PR puts him in the driver’s seat.
Marshall sr Brittani Carter is the US#1 high jumper at 5-11, and her 5A competition includes Midland jr Victoria Lucas, who has cleared 5-10 at least 4 times this season. Athens sr Morgan Mayse, last year’s state 4A champ, renews her rivalry with Pilot Point sr Audrey Svane, the state 3A champ, as Mayse claimed the regional title at 5-9 over Svane’s 5-8. Mansfield soph Shade Weygandt returns to defend her 5A title pole vault crown, a US#3 13-4 at Texas Relays to her credit, with Tyler Lee sr Callie Griffin (13-0) among those who will be applying the heat. North Crowley jr Jamaica Collins is the top 5A long jump returnee, and hopes to improve on her bronze medal showing. A similar story in the 5A triple jump, as Klein Forest sr Ke’Undra Bishop looks to move up from 3rd place, but will be hard-pressed by Warren jr Kia Wansley (40-7.75) and Eastwood jr Jessica Ubanyionwu (40-4), who both posted long marks without wind readings. The 4A long jump features LaQuinta Ross and Whitney Gipson, both in the mid-19s this season, with Ross’ 19-8.25w good for Texas Relays gold.
Bronze medalist Tascosa sr Nick Jones has tossed the shot over 61-ft more than once this season, making him the favorite in 5A. Tyler Lee sr Tyler Fleet was 2nd in the 5A discus last year, and after winning the Texas Relays, was on track for gold. Then Cedar Hill soph Tyler Washington launched a 198-6 throw later in the season and now poses a serious threat.
DeSoto soph Skylar White (43-11) and Skyline jr Danielle Miller (43-10.5) lead the 5A shot put contenders. White is also at the top of the discus field, with a US#4 157-3 mark. Cisco sr Stormy Harrison leads the 2A shot put contenders, and the state, with a season best 45-9.25. In 3A, Yoe sr Charlissa Foster is the US#3 discus thrower at 160-0. Colorado City sr Paige Newby, the US#10 returnee, will be a force in the 2A discus.
Garland sped a US#3 40.92 4x100 relay at regionals, while Lewisville US#4 41.00, Klein Forest US#5 41.02 and others will be in the 5A mix in this traditionally deep event. Lewisville also dropped a 1:24.50 US#1 4x200 relay in the regional prelims, and with Klein Forest 1:24.55 US#2, Garland 1:24.92 US#3 and Judson 1:25.2 US#4 also in the 5A finals, this could be the best race of the meet. DeSoto is strong in the 5A 4x400, with a 3:11.67 U#2 clocking to its credit.
The 5A girls relays are loaded. A&M Consolidated won the 4x100 at its regional in US#3 46.17. Timberview boasts the US#1 4x200 at 1:37.04, with Arlington Bowie 1:37.57 US#2 and Skyline 1:38.09 US#5 providing pressure in what could be the deepest girls race of the evening. DeSoto and Skyline lead the charge in the 4x400 relay. In 4A, Lancaster is the US#3 in the 4x200 at 1:37.70, and in the 4x400 at 3:43.35.
South Region Index