Life Waxahachie nearly ran away with a clean sweep of the District 17-4A track meet had it not of been for the boys of Midlothian Heritage.
The Mustangs did, however, easily win the junior varsity boys' and girls' divisions, as well as the varsity girls' division in dominating fashion.
Heritage, which finished second in the varsity girls' and junior varsity boys' divisions and third in the junior varsity girls' meet, won the varsity boys' division with 196 points over Life Waxahachie (165).
Life Waxahachie tallied 241 points in the varsity girls' meet, besting Heritage (133) and Alvarado (118), and then tallied 209 and 246.5 points in the JV girls' and boys' divisions, respectively.
The district championship was the third consecutive for the varsity Lady Mustangs, who also won a 4A Region I championship last season, as well as an area title in each of the past two years.
In winning the District 17-4A title on Monday, April 8, the Lady Mustangs won 13-of-17 events, which included 5-of-the-6 field events and every race under 800 meters — including all three relays.
Life Waxahachie head track coach Lyle Linscomb stated he is very proud of all of the Mustang runners and knew this year could be special for the varsity girls' program.
"They have battled injuries throughout the year but have still managed to meet those expectations," Linscomb said. "The girls put the team above themselves. They buy in and run what we ask. Some of our fastest girls have put personal gain in individual events aside and ran all three relays most of the year. They came up with our battle cry of 'All In' and have lived it."
The Lady Mustangs were certainly led by their sprinters, having six top-six finishes in the 400-, 200- and 100-meter races.
Aushea Sanders won the 100-meter race with a time of 12.25 over teammate Mariah Williams (12.53). She then finished second in the 200-meter sprint (25.82) to teammate Jayda Jones (25.31) and just ahead of teammate Dejah Fuller (26.01).
Jones, Ashley Benton, Mariah Williams and Tonee Thompson also won the 4x100-meter relay by nearly two seconds over second place Ferris, 48.53 to 50.43.
Thompson, Williams, Fuller and Jones won the 4x200-meter relay over Alvarado, 1:45.65 to 1:49.79.
Life Waxahachie — Nilah Jordan, Benton, Thompson and Fuller — defeated Heritage by 13 full seconds to win the 4x400-meter relay, 4:13.44 to 4:26.79.
As for the Life Waxahachie boys, Linscomb said, "We weren't really sure what to expect. We knew we had talented kids, but they are really young. They have stepped up and surprised each step along the way throughout the season. They may have come up just short at district, but they did score the most points in the running finals and combined with JV won 5-of-the-6 relays. The future is very bright for our boys' team."
The 4A Region III area track-and-field meet is scheduled for Wednesday, weather permitting, at Midlothian Heritage High School.