Ten Melissa track and field athletes traveled to Austin, March 31 — April 1, to compete in the esteemed Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays — an event now in its 90th year — and their results were quite admirable. This venerable annual meet attracts some of the most elite competition in Texas and from across the United States.
On the Lady Cardinals’ side, seniors Priscilla Adejokun, Gill Gray, Karrington Lewis and Bryanna Hernandez made the trip, as well as junior Natalie Courtney, sophomore Sally Clemmons and freshman Ashanti Johnson. Representing the Cardinals were seniors Elijah Mackey and Gunnar Murphy.
“This was the first time in school history that any boys have qualified for this prestigious invitational meet,” boys head coach Travis Roberson said.
“What a weekend,” added girls head coach Theodore Mackey III. “The Lady Cardinals showed up and showed out.”
In Saturday’s shot-put competition, Adejokun took the silver medal — and a spot on the awards podium — with a throw of 42 feet, 4.5 inches. In Friday’s 4x200-meter-relay prelims, the Lady Cards’ team of Courtney, Gray, Hernandez and Lewis set a new school record with time of 1 minute, 44.38 seconds – and then broke that record in Saturday’s finals with a time of 1 minute, 43.73 seconds, to take sixth place.
In Friday’s girls 100-meter dash prelims, Lewis finished 10th with a school-record time of 12.05 seconds and Hernandez placed 18th in what Coach Mackey called “one of her best times of the season” — 12.42 seconds. In the discus, Adejokun threw a Texas-Relays personal-best distance of 112 feet, 9 inches, for 24th place.
In the boys’ 1,600-meter race on Friday, Mackey ran his second-fastest time of the season — 4 minutes, 31.19 seconds — to claim third place in the 5A division, 27th overall. In Saturday’s shot-put event, against numerous Division I-commit athletes, Murphy excelled in warm-ups but struggled with his official throws.
“Coming into the competition he was ranked in the Top 5 (in Texas) with his season-best mark of 59 feet, three inches,” Roberson said. “… Gunnar had several throws in warmups that would have gotten him a Top 5 finish, but during the competition he had a difficult time not stepping on the toe board and all of his throws were called a foul by the judges.”