Tiger quartets break speed records

400, 800-meter relay records fall by the wayside


Ja’Qualyn Crawford, Cristian Lara, Davion Ford and David Franklin eclipsed the 1977 school record in the sprint relay. Ja’Qualyn Crawford, Cristian Lara, Davion Ford and David Franklin eclipsed the 1977 school record in the sprint relay. CALDWELL—They may have finished second, but their time was a first historically.

Clocking in at 41.8, the quartet of Ja’Qualyn Crawford, Cristian Lara, Davion Ford and David Franklin eclipsed one of the oldest timings in the Tiger record book, eclipsing the 41.9 set by Garry White, Don Wesley, Don Miller and Sammy Ray Branch at the 1977 state track meet which earned the relay team a gold medal and the propelled the Tigers to a state championship.

(The oldest school record belongs to Rupert McKee, who turned in a 49.5 in the 400-meter run in 1971.)

Giddings captured the race at the Happy Skrabanek Relays, edging Rockdale at the tape with a 41.85.

Just for good measure, Crawford, Lara, Ford and Dylan David sprinted to a first place time of 1:27.95 to smash the record of 1:29.07 set last year at the regional meet in Waco.

Rockdale is the defending Class 3A state champion in the sprint relay after posting a 42.35 at the state meet.

Crawford—a sophomore— and Lara—a senior— were members of that medal winning team and were also part of the 800-meter relay team that captured a silver medal and set a new school record.

Dustin Strelsky also broke his personal best times in the wheelchair division in the 100-meters (18.65) and 400-meters (1:07.45).

The senior is the twotime defending state champion in both events.

Crawford also grabbed up a first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.59, not far from Raymond Huff’s 1999 school record of 10.38.

He was also third in the long jump.

Ford was the 200 champion with a clocking of 22.45 and was also first in the triple jump with a leap of 43-1 1/4.

The Tigers finished fourth as a team with 90 points, behind host Caldwell’s winning total of 150.

The Tigers are peaking at the right time, the District 20-3A track meet is April 13-14 in Cameron, followed by the area meet April 20, also in Cameron.

Junior high

The junior high school pole vaulting records took a beating at the district meet in Lexington.

Seventh grader Kenna Jenkins set a new record at the district meet in the pole vault by soaring 7-feet, 9 inches, breaking the previous mark of 7-6 set by Leslie Starnes in 2000.

Eighth grader Brandi Caffey tied the school record of 8-9 (also set by Starnes in 2001) to take first at the district meet.

For the 8th grade boys, Devon Whitsel dominated the meet, taking first place in four events (high jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles) as the Tigers were second to Rogers 148-146.

IN WITH THE NEW

OLD—Garry White, Sammy Branch, Don Miller, Don Wesley, 42.1 in Austin (Memorial Stadium) in 1977, 400-meter relay. (Metric equivalent, 41.9 in 400 meters.)

NEW—Cristian Lara, Ja’Qualyn Crawford, Davion Ford, David Franklin, 41.8 in Caldwell at the Happy Skrabanek Relays.


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