Track involved in two relays this weekend

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Track involved in two relays this weekend

Junior William Godfrey and Freshman Zane Edwards leading the pack.

Junior William Godfrey and Freshman Zane Edwards leading the pack.

Junior William Godfrey and Freshman Zane Edwards leading the pack.

Junior William Godfrey and Freshman Zane Edwards leading the pack.

Drew Doig, Staff Reporter

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The distance runners will head to University of Texas at Myers Stadium in Austin this weekend to compete in the Texas Relays, weather permitting. Over 100 teams will be running at the Texas Relays.

“It is very exciting to get this opportunity to run at the Texas Relays, but we’re just going to treat it like any other meet,” junior Bradley Davis said. “Competition is going to be very strong so we know that we will have to do our best.”

The boys team will comprise juniors Ryan Brands and Davis, as well as underclassmen Will Muirhead, and Brett Pedersen. They are on schedule for the distance medley relay while Brands will also compete in the 1600 meters.

The girls will also have a distance medley relay team that consists of sophomore Kassidy Litchenburg, freshman Carsen McFadden, junior Grace Ridgeway, and sophomore Carson Hockersmith competing in the Texas Relays.

Ridgeway also qualified for the Pole Vault event and the 100 meter hurdles and junior Juliet Franz will run in the 100 meters.

The sprinters and other athletes involved in field events will compete at the Allen Eagle Relays on Friday.

“We’re going into the Allen Eagle Relays with a good plan for the district meet on April 11th and 12th,” track coach Tim Denton said. “Our coaches have done a great job rotating our guys into many different events throughout the season, and we’re going to continue that to make sure we have the best shot at a 15-5A District Championship next month.”

Last weekend the teams competed in the Dan Christie Relays.

“We ran well despite not getting to compete in all of the field events such as discus, long jump and triple jump,” girls track coach Logan Kelly said.

The girls team had a very good meet, finishing in second place behind the 5A girls state champions McKinney North. The relay teams also ran their fastest times of the year.

The boys teams also competed very well despite the stormy conditions. Sophomores Beau Iovinelli and Jake Chamberlin as well as juniors Landon McDermott and Chase Van Wagoner set the new school record at 42.83 in the 4×100 meter relay.

Runners are determined to put up some of their best times as the district meet nears.

“Our coaches have done a great job rotating our guys into many different events throughout the season and we’re going to continue that to make sure we have the best shot at the district championship next month,” Denton said.

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