With fierce competition in the 4A relays the Lake Travis 4×100 and 4×400 girls relay teams sought out to compete against themselves and their own record-setting performances.
Setting two new school marks – both of which were set by the respective relays this season – each relay team performed as they hoped to, although they did fall short of reaching the medal stand at Mike A. Myers Stadium Friday for the UIL State Track & Field Championships.
The 4×400 relay team (or 1600 relay) placed fifth overall with a time of 3:57.16 as they beat their school-record time of 3:57.46 set previously at the regional meet this year.
The Lady Cavs 4×400 quartet of Claire Howington, Cody McCrary, Delaney Maberry and Abby Moss edged out district foe Rouse by more than a second, as the Lady Raiders came in at 3:58.75.
“We set two new school records, you can’t be dissatisfied with that no matter what place you get,” coach Randall Edwards said. “It was a premier meet and they did their best. We broke the 4×100 record five times this year. The state meet of Texas is one of the best in the nation. There’s only one other one that comes even close and that’s California.”
The 4×100 relay team of Maberry, Kia Neel, Abby Moss and Hannah Moss for Lake Travis ran a 48.63 to re-set its school record, which the relay team set earlier this season, also at the Region 4-4A meet where they came in with a time of 49.03.
McCrary will go on to run at the University of Texas, while Hannah Moss signed to run at SMU on Wednesday.
Edwards said going into the race that each relay team had its sights set on a new school record, and getting that goal made the strong season that much more special.
“I’m proud of the girls, they got after it,” Edwards said. “Some of the ladies that run track are phenomenal. I’ve worked the state meet about 20 years and you look over that period and girls are doing unbelievable things with the times they’re running.”
Looking back at the entire track season, both the boys and girls programs are headed in the right direction.
“It was kind of an enjoyable season really, the whole year we got out and competed hard, competed much better this year than last year,” Edwards said. “There was great improvement with the boys. And the state track meet was phenomenal.
“The whole team kind of liked each other, boys and girls, we cheered for one another, pulled for one another. To end it off at the state meet, it’s a big deal to get there, it’s hard to get there. That’s a good record.”