April 5, 2011
For track and field athletes in the high school, college and professional ranks the Texas Relays represent a unique atmosphere and experience. Athletes from around the country convene on Austin for the four-day event. Sell-out crowds pack Myers Stadium to support their favorite athletes and the sport of track and field.
Several current Longhorns spoke with TexasSports.com about their favorite aspects of the Texas Relays.
Freshman Shanay Briscoe (Houston, Texas)
I just like the atmosphere. I like seeing the whole stands full. I like seeing the different kinds of cars that come around. It’s pretty cool.
Freshman Christy Udoh (Houston, Texas)
Everyone comes out to support family members and friends.
Sophomore Chalonda Goodman (Newnan, Ga.)
Just in the crowd, there’s not one space open when you look up in the stands. And that just gets you more excited about what you’re going to do. It gets the adrenaline flowing and just gets you pumped up to give everybody a good show because they are all here to see you and you are the show.
Junior Julie Amthor (Bulverde, Texas)
My favorite thing is the energy that everybody brings. The fans and the track athletes. It’s just like everybody comes together to represent burnt orange. It brings a lot of energy to the athletes and it makes it really easy for us to run fast times because it seems like all of the fans are supporting us and all the athletes get really into it.
Junior Laleh Mojtabaeezamani (Keller, Texas)
My favorite thing is that it’s really cool going here and being the school that’s hosting this. In high school whenever I would come, I would see Texas people walk by and think it was so cool. But now I am a part of that and I am that team that high schoolers look up to. I just have a lot of pride in Texas during Texas Relays.
Freshman A'Lexus Brannon (Beaumont, Texas)
It’s just so many people that love the sport of track and field. I guess it makes you more passionate about doing what you do on the track. It’s a great feeling to come to Texas Relays and see so many people that just wish they could be out on the track because they support you so much. It’s a great fan base.
Sophomore Akua Sencherey (Jackson, Texas)
This is legendary. In high school, I only heard about it my Junior year but when I came and experienced it, I thought it was just so festive. It’s almost like a holiday. We should get off school for 3 days. It’s just a huge event and I kind of think of it as a showcase of amazing track and field talent in every event.