2008 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays notes: Day three
Men's Long Jump -- NCAA Indoor Champion Reindell Cole of Cal State Northridge added a Texas Relays title to his resume for the 2008 season. His winning mark of 26-0 ¾ (7.94) with an assisting wind of 5.8 mps is the second best collegiate mark this outdoor season. It follows a 26-4 ¼ (8.03) set by UTEP's Mickael Hanany last weekend in El Paso.
Cole jumped 26-7 ¾ (8.12) to win the NCAA Indoor title last month in Arkansas.
High School Boy's 4 x 800 -- In defending their 2007 victory, Southlake Carroll bettered the Stadium record in winning the 4 x 800 relay with the nation's fastest high school time in 2008. The winning time of 7:46.86 bettered the runner-up, Georgetown, by nearly nine seconds and clipped the Stadium record by one and a half seconds.
High School Boy's Pole Vault -- Jack Whitt of Norman North produced the second best vault on the high school level for the 2008 outdoor season with his winning mark of 16-9 (5.10). It is second on the season list to a 17-0 vault from Nico Weller of Los Gatos, Calif.
High School Girl's Pole Vault -- Shane Weygandt of Mansfield tied the high school meet record and Myers Stadium record with a clearance of 13-4 (4.06) in the pole vault. In the process, she defeated current U.S. high school leader and defending Texas Relays champion Rachel Laurent of Vandebilt Catholic in Louisiana. Laurent, who has cleared a U.S. leading 14-0 this season, set the meet and stadium record last season.
Weygandt, who came into the meet with a best of 13-9 ½ this season, had three attempts at a new meet record of 13-7. Laurent was runner-up in the event, clearing 13-0.
Women's Discus -- D'Andra Carter added another Texas Relays title to the family collection, which now numbers 16. The Texas Tech junior set a personal best of 181-3 (55.26) on her final toss of the competition to dominate the event by nearly eight feet over her teammate Patience Knight, who was second with a mark of 173-5 (52.85). Carter's previous best was 179-5 (54.69) from 2006.
Carter's father, Michael, won three Texas Relays shot put titles while at SMU (1980, '81, '83). Her sister Michelle, who competed at Texas, won the women's Texas Relays shot title in 2007.
In the high school ranks at the Texas Relays, Michael won two shot put titles while at Dallas Jefferson (1978, '79) and a discus crown (1979). Meanwhile, Michelle claimed four consecutive shot put titles (2000-2003) at Red Oak and a pair of discus wins (2002, '03). D'Andra, who also competed at Red Oak, won two high school discus titles in 2004 and 2005.
High School Girls 3,200 -- Ashley Isham claimed the top Texas high school time in 2008 with a winning mark of 10:37.17, taking over the lead from a 10:38.05 run by Sarah Andrews of The Woodlands. Isham's time is also fourth best on the current national high school list.
The winning mark for Isham is the fastest Texas Relays time since 2002, when Allen's Valerie Lauver won her second title with a 10:36.91 clocking.
High School Boy's Sprint Medley -- Houston Cypress Falls became the first two-time champion in this event, which started in 1994 at the Texas Relays.
Cy Falls also takes over the national lead in the event for 2008 with its winning time of 3:27.23, surpassing the 3:28.25 set indoors by Free Academy of Newburgh, New York.
College Men's Sprint Medley -- South Plains won its fourth Texas Relays title in this event, a third win in the past four years.
Three schools currently hold the record for most victories in this event, with five apiece. They are Abilene Christian, Barton County and Odessa.
Men's Sprint Medley -- UTEP won this event for the third consecutive year.
Women's Steeplechase -- Abilene Christian produced its third consecutive winner in this event, a different individual each year.
Men's Steeplechase -- Patrick Mutai of UTEP won his second Texas Relays steeplechase. His previous one came in 2005. It is the sixth win for UTEP in this event since 1999.
Men's 4 x 1500 Relay -- Arkansas claimed its 10th consecutive victory in this event at the Texas Relays.