Texas Relays 2016 Recap

The Texas Relays 2016 Recap

Katheryne West | Team 22

The 2016 Texas Relays was one for the record books. The size of the crowd and of the contestant pool far exceeded that of last year’s meet. The number of contestants numbered 7,500, about 1,000 more than last year, and the crowd reached a total of 40,085 fans, 20,000 of which attended on Saturday. The main factor that made these races stand out was the relationship the athletes and fans developed with Mother Nature on April 1st. The meet was halted on more than one occasion due to heavy rain and thunderstorms. The playing surfaces were heavily affected. The fans and contestants didn’t seem to find her prank very funny.

Photo by A. Statesman

 

Photo By: American Statesman

The athletes were able to persevere however, and many Texas Relays records were broken. The Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles was broken by former Longhorn Morgan Goodwin. The Men’s Long Jump record was toppled by Jarvis Gotch.

Photo by TheNewsStar.com

Photo By: TheNewsStar.com

Several USATF Olympic Trial Standards were also met at this year’s competition. Morgan Goodwin ran a 13.00 in the Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles in order to qualify. Auburn’s Jesse James hit the Women’s Pole Vault mark at 4.40 meters, and Texas’ Morolake Akinosun ran away with the 100 Meters with a final mark of 11.07.

Photo by Steven Spillman

Photo By: Steven Spillman

The men’s contests were heavily dominated by Texas A&M University, as they finished first in the 4X200 and 4X800 races. This is their 6th win at the Texas Relays in the last seven years.

Photo by TCU-Forth Worth Runnerspace.com

Photo By: TCU-Fort Worth Runnerspace.com

Despite the weather delays and less-than-perfect track conditions, these athletes showed determination and fortitude. Their success is a testament to their character and is a demonstration of how great their will to win truly is. It is the athletes that bring joy to events like this and the success of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays is owed to the amazing contestants and their loyal fans.

 

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