DeSoto’s Jalaysi’ya Smith wins the Class 6A state title in the girls 100-meter hurdles at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin on May 8, 2021. Smith ran a wind-aided 12.93 that is the No. 1 time in the nation. Today, The Dallas Morning News unveiled […]
Today, The Dallas Morning News unveiled its All-Area teams for boys and girls track and field. To see just how good those athletes are — and how incredible the talent in Texas is — take a look at this mythical national track meet that I conducted.
Fully automatic (FAT), season-best times and marks for athletes from all across America were used. Those are listed on MileSplit.com. Athletes who competed unattached were not included. The same 17 events that are used for the Texas state meet were used for this mythical national meet, with points scored just as they are in Texas — 10 (for first in an individual event), 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1, and doubled for the relays (20 points for first, etc.).
Texas ran away with the competition on both the boys and girls side. Texas boys scored 286 points — more than three times as many as second-place Florida (91) and more than six times as many points as third-place California (46).
The Texas boys would have won the meet with just their points from the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays, in which they scored 116 points. That was led by Cedar Hill, which had the No. 1 time in the nation in the 4x100 (40.49) and 4x200 (1:23.99).
The Texas girls were just as dominant, scoring 287 points. Florida was a very distant second with 78 points, and California was third with 32.5 points.
The Texas girls overwhelmed the competition in the three relays, scoring a combined 140 points in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. The DeSoto girls scored 40 points in the relays, with the No. 1 time in the 4x200 (1:36.93), the No. 3 time in the 4x100 (45.22) and the No. 4 time in the 4x400 (3:45.06).
Individually, North Carolina signee Brynn Brown scored a combined 16 points in the girls 1,600 and 3,200 with times of 4:41.29 in the 1,600 and 9:58.77. Both of those times were run at the state meet, where Brown won both events in 6A en route to being named The Dallas Morning News’ All-Area Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Texas Tech pledge Brya Brewer of Cedar Hill, the 6A state champion, ranks No. 1 in the United States in the girls triple jump with a season-best leap of 43 feet, 0 inches. USC signee Jalaysi’ya Smith of DeSoto has the nation’s No. 1 FAT time in the girls 100-meter hurdles, running a wind-aided 12.93 in winning the 6A state title.
Flower Mound Marcus sophomore Emma Sralla ranks second nationally in the girls discus with a throw of 170-8. Mansfield Legacy junior Christine Mallard ranks fourth in the U.S. in the 200 (23.22), while Plano East (4x100 relay) and Lancaster (4x200 relay) rank fifth in America.
For the boys, Mesquite Poteet junior Kendrick Smallwood ranks second in the 110 hurdles with the wind-aided time of 13.47 that he won the 5A state title with. Trophy Club Byron Nelson’s TJ Caldwell, who was the 6A state runner-up, ranks fifth nationally in the same event with a wind-aided 13.63. McKinney’s Omari Walker (100), Mesquite’s Cameron Boger (300 hurdles) and McKinney’s Sean Fry (triple jump) all rank sixth nationally.
Besides the relays, the Texas boys scored 27 points in the 100 and 20 points in the 110 hurdles. The Texas girls accounted for 24 points in the 200 and discus, 23 in the 100 hurdles and 20 points in the 100.
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