Honoring The Elite Athletes

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: March 24, 2009

HOUSTON — The 58th annual TSU Relays showcased the best high school athletes in the state this past weekend and left the track smoking for what’s to come in the next few months.

Over 150 high schools, various colleges, and even some middle schools came out to burn the track during the two day event.

Fort Bend Marshall and Hightower came out ready to show the teams from up north that the speed in this year’s meet must go through them. Both teams had teams to place in various relays and individual events.

Hightower junior Franchelle Hill captured the 100 meters in a time of 12.11 after anchoring the Lady Hurricanes 400 meter relay team to a third place finish in 46.98.

Hill was a key facet in letting the crowd of over 6,000 see that the girls at Hightower can compete just as well as the boys.

“We have the talent and the determination to work hard to attain the same goal,” Hill said. “Its our turn to outshine the boys.”

“Whenever people talk about Hightower its always about the boys; however, this year we’re out to show that we have athletes that can compete on both sides.”

The Buffaloes of Fort Bend Marshall, who are coached by former TSU track star Benita Smith, showed that they are a force to reckon with in various events.

The team of Jazmine Armstrong, Jhorden Hunter, Dajonae Miles, and Shahira Ehiemua captured the 400 meter relay championship with a time of 46.67. That was just seven seconds faster than Dallas Skyline.

Ehiemu finished in second place in the 100 meters. The Lady Buffaloes also finished 3rd in the 800 meter relay and 1st in the 1600M Sprint Medley Relay. The sprint medley team consisted of LaQuita Alford, Victoria Mothershed, May Dozier, and Kalvinka Lockhart.

Other local girls standouts include: Christy Udoh-Westbury 2nd in 200m, Diamond Dixon-Westside 1st in 400m, Blessing Mayungbe-Lamar 2nd in 400m, Taylor Buckner-Episcopal 1st in 800m, Lauren Smith-Brazoswood 1st in 1600m.

Baytown Middle School, Billy Baines, and Crockett finished 1st-3rd in the middle school girls 400 meter relay.

In boys action the field was split with the following results: Errol Nolan-Rosenberg Lamar 2nd in 200m and 1st in 400m; Xavier Boyd-Klein 2nd in 400m; Dejuna Dixon-Westfield 2nd in 800m; David Smith-Eisenhower 1st in 3200m and 4th in 1600m; DeAundre Jones-North Shore 1st in Long Jump; A.J. Pouncy-Atascocita 2nd in Long Jump; DeAndrew White-North Shore 3rd in Long Jump; Zac Zellars-Baytown Lee 1st in Shot Put.

Westfield won the 400 meter relay in 41.61, followed by North Forest in 41.83. Hightower and North Shore finished 1st and 2nd in the 800 meter relay and Cinco Ranch finished 3rd in the 1600 meter relay. Holub Middle School captured the boys 400 meter relay trophy.