ARLINGTON, Texas — The Waxahachie High School’s 4x100- and 4x200-meter teams, as well as junior Kenedy Snell and senior Justin Haines earned a bid in the May 13 state championship track meet after helping the Flying Indians capture the title of regional runners-up during Saturday’s regional track meet at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The relay teams will be the first teams since 2010 to make state and the eighth and ninth teams under WHS head track and field coach Willie Rash.
“They might be the fastest team I’ve ever had,” Rash said. “That’s saying a lot when you look at the history and see Aldrick Robinson, Sam Gagliano and my son Kyle in there.”
Gagliano was a part of the 2009 team that went to state and placed in the top three, Robinson is a Waxahachie speedster turned Atlanta Falcon and Kyle Rash placed fourth in the 100-meter dash during the 2006 state championship meet with a 10.48.
The 4x100- and 4x200-meter teams of Snell, junior Jalen Reagor and seniors Dee Wilson and Keontrey Jackson qualified for state with times of 41.02 and 1:25.29, respectively.
Haines qualified with a jump of 14.6 feet, tying the WHS record set by Bill Patterson in 1999.
Snell was the second individual qualifier among the Flying Indians, placing first in the 100-meter dash with a 10.46 and claiming the title of Waxahachie’s third fastest man behind Robinson (10.41) and former ‘Hachie alum C.J. Fowler (10.40).
“He might beat them,” Rash said about Snell’s bout with destiny during the 100-meter dash at Austin’s state meet at 6 p.m. on May 13 at the University of Texas at Austin’ Mike A. Myers Stadium. “With the warm weather, runners usually perform better. He was only hundredths of a second away at regionals.”
See more about the track team’s trip to state in upcoming editions of the Daily Light.