The Life Waxahachie track-and-field team has developed into quite the speedy force in Class 4A. The Lady Mustangs put that talent on display at the recently held 2019 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.
The Lady Mustangs had eight student-athletes qualify to compete against the best Texas had to offer. The event is held annually as midseason time trial ahead of the most district meets.
Aushea Sanders competed in the open 100-meter dash and matched her season-best run of 12.68.
Kayla Jenkins competed in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing 15th in a time of 15.57, which was the third fastest among all 4A girls in the field.
The Life Waxahachie 4x200-meter relay started the competition on Friday by setting a school with a time of 1:41.25 — the second fastest in 4A this year. The team is comprised of Ashley Benton, Tonee Thompson, Jayda Jones and Dejah Fuller.
The Lady Mustangs qualified second for the finals. Later that evening the same four ladies ran the fastest qualifying time in the 4x400-meter relay. Their 3:58.00 finish was also the second fastest in 4A this year.
The quick times continued Saturday morning with the prelims of the 4x100-meter relay. The Lady Mustang relay team — Benton, Jones, Sanders, Mariah Williams — qualified sixth for the finals with a time of 48.69.
The 4x200-meter squad then captured the first-ever Texas Relays medal in program history, finishing second in the finals in a time of 1:41.43 — just a few steps behind Texarkana Liberty-Eylau and ahead of track powerhouses Kennedale and Dallas Carter.
The Lady Mustangs then improved on their prelim run in the 4x100-meter relay finals, finishing fifth with a time of 48.49. Kennedale blistered the track for a winning time of 46.86.
The final race of the evening featured some of the that 4A has to offer in 4x400-meter relay finals.
The race turned into a three-team thriller from the very beginning between defending 4A state 4x400-meter champion Liberty-Eylau, two-time 4A state champion Liberty-Eylau and the Life Waxahachie Lady Mustangs. After a back and forth race, Carter would edge in front at the finish with a time 3:56.36, followed by Liberty-Eylau 3:56.40 and, earning their second medal of the meet, Life Waxahachie (3:56.98). All three times represent the top three times in 4A this year.
The Lady Mustangs return to action Monday and Wednesday in the District 17-4A championships in Ferris.