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Thoughts from the Texas Relay

Last weekend Son of Davey, the Threepeat, my wife (MWTFOMH) and I attended the Texas Relays. I have talked in the past about the greatness of the event in regards to the purity of the sport, the view of Austin from the stands,and the views in the stands. If you have never attended the Relays and live in Austin I highly recommend doing so in the future. The talent level at the high school level is among the best in the country and the college and open events can be equally as strong. Add in the opportunity to see and meet UT Olympians such as Trey Hardee, Leo Manzano, Sanya Richards Ross, Carlette Guidry, and Marquise Goodwin it is a great way to spend a couple of Spring days in Austin. This year's high school field didn't have the individual stars like last year with Cam Burrell and Tony Brown, but the level of competition was very high and it continues to amaze the depth of track talent this state produces. In the Boys 4 x 200M relay all nine Texas teams running the large high school finals were ranked in the nations top 15 teams. It strikes home to me what a poor job Bubba Thornton did leveraging the facities and events at Mike Meyer Statdium in attracting Texas talent and I am concerned that the current staff isn't maker bigger inroads into the Texas high school ranks. Sorry folks, but going to Portland, Oregon to sign a sprinter when the #3 quartermiler in the Nation (also run in the 1:50's in the 800M and mid 21.0's in the 200) hasn't even heard from you. I guess UT is perfectly happy to surrender the wealth of Houston sprint talent to Pat Henry as well as Leroy Burrell's new program. What also was brought home is the respect this state garners nationally as two teams from Long Beach, one from Ft. Lauderdale, one from Illinois, a sprinter from Tacoma, and a jumper from Queens all came to compete against the Texas athletes. Collegiately the Texas women are as strong as they have been in quite some time. If they can stay health they do have a legitimate shot at the team title. Their races with A&M and UF in the relays were some of the best in the event. Texas' men are still strong in the throws and multi-event with some talent in the didstances,. The sprints however aren't on pace with their peers and while some will point to the youth of the relay teams that ran they are no younger than the UF relay teams that domninated the meet. It just wasn't close as the two strongest groups of sprinters were the teams from A&M and UF and it still is befuddling to me why Texas isn't stronger in the sprints with the talent in this state and the advantages of the schools academic appeal, facilities, and the two biggest high school meets in the state run at Mike Meyer.

Be excellent to each other.

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