Over 150 boys and girls teams from the most prominent high school track & field programs in the state of Texas are set to compete in the 52nd Annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays on the campus of Jesuit Dallas. The two-day meet, which begins on Friday, March 18 with the running of the 3,200-meter run, brings together over 32 reigning UIL state champions, numerous All-Americans, and a number of nationally-ranked athletes for one of the most competitive mid-season meets in the country.
Saturday’s field events are scheduled to start at 8 a.m., with the running prelims beginning at 9:15 a.m. Saturday’s finals begin at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MileSplit.
Nearly every event is a showcase, with the state and nation’s top-ranked athletes blanketing the field. On the boys’ side, the marquee race could end up being the 4x400m relay, which currently boasts three of the top seven teams in the country. U.S. #1 Bryce Hoppel of Midland will need to fend off a strong pack of contenders that includes U.S. #3 Cade Bethmann of Arlington Martin in the 800m, while the distance races represent the deepest events on the schedule. Frisco Independence’s Carter Blunt, who set a Sheaner-Relays record last year in the 3,200m with a time of 8:57.01, will be pressed to repeat as seven of the top 10 performers in the state are entered in the race, including the 2015 UIL 6A cross country state champion, Daniel Golden (The Woodlands); in the 1,600m, Blunt is among seven of the state’s top nine to bid for a coveted Sheaner-Relays title, including Texas #1 Reed Brown of Southlake Carroll.
The discus includes four of the top seven marks in the country, including national #1 William Petersson of Frisco Centennial, and the pole vault boasts the nation’s top two marks, as authored by Peyon Weissman (Grapevine) and Brandon Spokes (The Woodlands), respectively. Led by Texas #1 Devin Duvernay (Sache), the 100m is set to feature eight of the top 10-ranked sprinters in the state.
The boys’ field also includes the state’s top-ranked performers in the 400m (Keshun Reed, Arlington Martin); 110m hurdles (Bryce Douglas, Allen); triple jump (Jalen Seal, Fort Worth Boswell); high jump (Ianou Adeyeye, Mansfield Lake Ridge); and shot put (Adrian Piperi, The Woodlands). In the case of Seals and Piperi, their qualifying marks are tops in the U.S. among high school athletes.
The girls’ contingency boasts nearly as much firepower, including the nation’s top four teams in the 4x100m relay. The 100m hurdles will include 2015 6A state champ and U.S. #1, Alexis Duncan (DeSoto) as well as 5A state champ, Tonea Marshall (Arlington Seguin) and current U.S. #4 Ivy Walker (Mansfield Summit), while a star-studded 100m prelim will contain 11 of the state’s 20-fastest competitors, including U.S. #1 Kaylor Harris of Mesquite Horn. Jannia Price of Killeen Ellison, who has authored the country’s top-ranked performance in the discus, headlines a field that features eight of the top 13 marks in the state.
In addition to the outstanding cast of student-athletes, the meet will highlight honorary referee, Roy “Robot” Martin, who set the national high school record in the 200m (20.13) in 1985. Martin, who graduated from Roosevelt High School, led SMU to the 1986 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, and earned a spot on the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic teams.
Visit the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays website for more information, including a complete meet schedule and up-to-date entry information.