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Texas Relays 2008
  • April 8th, 2008

Official Site: Click Here

Results: Click Here

Video: 4x400m

Photos: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4

Texas Relays in the states is your equivalent of our very own Singapore’s School Relays

The full event term is Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays after their greatest track coaches in NCAA history, Clyde Littlefield (1927-1933)

This is an annual track and field competition for High School, College, University, and Invitational divisions, second only behind Penn Relays in terms of athlete participation and spectators

The University of Texas will be the host and Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas is the venue

This year 81st edition was held earlier in the week on April 2-5, 2008

I reckon you check out the results page to find out the various heats and details. There’s too many to list down here

But the highlight of the event would probably be the invitational of professional athletes and teams to compete

For this year there were a couple of leading times in the relays and events, not just from the professional athletes but also the collegiate ones

Day 1

In the 800m, Texas-El Paso’s Aggrey Chirchir won the race in 1:50.54 while South Alabama’s Clarisse Moh surged ahead of her competitor with a 2:08.20 winning time

Trey Hardee lead on the first day for the men’s decathlon with 4212 points, the highlight would be his 47.76 seconds in the 400m. A great comeback for someone who has to rest the whole season last year due to injuries

For the women’s heptathlon, Julie Pickler lead the pack after four events. A former Washington State graduate won last the event in 2006. Amazingly her sister Diana was the winner in 2005 and 2007

The 3000m steeplechase saw Mississippi State’s Pad Judd winning it in 9:08.22

The exciting 1500m race saw Louisiana Tech’s Corey Denstel ran a tactical sounds race, finishing in a time of 3:52.12 while the women’s race saw Houston’s Oumama Hallal beating a quality field with her winning time of 4:36.76

The 5000m women race saw Abilene Christian’s Winrose Karunde ending a fine run with 17:04.30 time while Southeast Louisiana’s Henry Rop made it looks easy by outpacing his competitors winning in 14:13.39 for the 5000m men event

Day 2

Trey Hardee who was leading from Day One in the men’s decathlon managed to reach the Olympic decathlon qualifying standard.

He completed the whole event with 8371 points, winning the event with personal best in the discus (172 feet – 10 inches) and pole vault (17’2)

Julie Pickler was another whose points was leading in the women’s heptathlon from Day 1, won the event today with 5990 points

In the 4x800m relays, Texas won in front of their home ground, with a time of 7:17.63, a new best for the team

Day 3

Men discus saw Liberty’s Clendon Henderson winning it with a throw of 204’3 while the women category saw Texas Tech’s D’Andra Carter edging out her other competitor with a fine throw of 181’3

While in the women’s highjump saw Cal-Poly’s Sharon Day jumping with a height of 5’8. With that she won the event

TCU’s Festus Kigen clocked 3:50.30 to win 1500m event

The Day 1 winner of women’s 5000m Abilene Christian’s Winrose Karunde won her second medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in a time of 10:29.81

Texas El-Paso’s Patrick Mutai however had to fight hard for his 3000m men’s steeplechase win in a fast 8:52.62 time

Day 4

The last day of Texas Relays saw the Waco All-Stars running the 4x400m relays. The team with Jeremy Warriner and Darold Williamson, both Olympic gold medalist, set the track blaze with a time of world leading 3:00.65. Jeremy Warriner split was 43.4s

The shocker is of course Warriner recent abrupt split with his long-time coach and mentor Clyde Hart in January over contract dispute

Currently Jeremy Warriner is currently being coached by Baylor University assistant Michael Ford and commented his road leading to USA Olympic trials is “going great”

Other Olympic hopefuls for Beijing who was at the relays was also Tyson Gay. His team won the 4x100m with a time of 38.63s and he too ran in the 4x400m and Tyson ain’t no slouch with a split of 45.2s

LSU’s Richard Thompson won the invitational 100m time of 10.0 seconds, another world leading

Women’s USA Red team saw Sanya Richards, the 2006 world female track athlete of the year, anchoring her team in the 4x100m with a winning time of 42.25s.

Sanya also ran the 4x400m women relay with her team posting a world best time this year with 3:23.49


Posted by Uncle Sha.
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