2017 TSU Relays - Day 1 Recap
By. RoJo
March 17, 2017
Houston, TX
I believe it was the great ShoNuff that said, meet me at the designated place, at the designated time, and I will gladly designate his....for my Last Dragon fans you know what he said.  Well Houston is the designated place, March 18th, all-day is the designated time, and there will be some tail being designated out on the track.  It was a No-Holds Bar preliminary event today at the 66th annual running of the TSU Relays.  Everybody brought their A game today and tomorrow finals is guaranteed to be a barn burner.  Before we get in today's action, got's to give it up for the activities around the track.  I mean they had old school, new school tunes playing  all day.  Props to the DJ.  There were all types of vendors on hand to supply you with a lot interesting items.  The TSU Relays seems to be getting bigger and better each and every year.

The long jumpers only got 4 shots at jumping and Alvin's Kynnedy Flannels showed out on every jump.  In what was one of the best series of jumping this year, Flannels managed to to eclipse the 19 foot barrier on all 4 of her jumps, finishing the event with a leap 20-7.  She could have done a Carl Lewis, who by the way was in attendence on Friday, and just took one jump and went on her merry way.  Her 1st jump of 19-5 1/2 would have been enough to win the competition. 

Day 1 of the 2017 TSU Relays are in the books.  Day 2 looks to be better than Day 1.  If you want to see a fast track meet and you are in the Houston area, you need to take stop to the TSU campus and watch these young athletes in action. 

Other Notable Performance
*Thomas Davis - Galena Park - Long Jump - 23-11 3/4
* Frederic Williams - Desoto - Long Jump  23-8
*Koi Johnson - Dickinson - Long Jump - 19-00 1.2
* Javlyn Cameron - Katy Mayde Creek - 300 Hurdles     44.44
*Dominic Houston-Shepard - Fort Bend Marshall - 300 Hurdles    38.83
Where do we start?  Let's start with the fan favorite...the 100 meter dash.  Too bad the wind decided to show up today because it took some spark off the times, but not too much.  In the girls 100 meter prelims, it was Dallas Carter's Sha'Carri Richardson laying down the guantlet 1st, blowing away her field by over a second, running an 11.57.  Next place finisher finished in a time of 12.90.  Talking about running by yourself.  Oh but anything you can do, I can do better.  Next up, Uplift Hampton Prep's Daja "Flash" Gordon. Running 3 heats later, Gordon came across the finish line blazing, 11.44, her time. A loud "that's what I'm talking about" came out the mouth of Gordon as she left the field.  You know, I really should have trademarked that phrase...oh well.  There were sub-12's dropping from everywhere.  Houston Lamar's Milan Young dropped an 11.86.  Essance Sample...don't you just love that 1st name..from Cypress Springs dropped an 11.64.  Kynnedy Flannel of Alvin posted the 2nd fastest time of the day with an 11.54.  Top 8 times, all under 12 seconds.  That is going to make for a very fast final. 
In the boys 100, you had talent from both major cities, Houston and Dallas, but it was the tumbleweed blowing out of the west that made the loudest statement.  Witchita Falls Hirshi's Roman Turner turned on the afterburners and let the crowd at the TSU Relays know he is a force to be reckoned with.  Running in lane 8, Burner...I mean Turner, laid down a 10.43 in his heat.  He was pushed by Temple's Willari Watson, who finished 2nd in the heat with a time of 10.66.  Mansfield Legacy placed 2 of it's sprinters in tomorrow's final.  Junior Jais Smith and senior Trent McDonald finished with times of 10.71 and 10.52 respectively.  McDonald finished with the second fastest time of the day.  It took a 10.75 to get a chance to run again on Saturday.  Looks to be a hot one indeed.
Maybe one of the best events at tomorrow's TSU Relays will the high school boys and girls 400 meter dash.  On the girl side, the battle will be tight as you have one 55 second, six 56 second and 2 low 57 coming into tomorrow's final.  Leading the way is freshman Laila Owens from Fort Bend Bush.  Her time of 55.72 is currently 6th in the state.  3 out of the top 10 girls in the state will do battle in the final.  On the guys side, it's anybody's race.  .75 of a second separates 1st and 8th place.  Leading the way is Frederick Lewis of Pearland Dawson with a time of 48.18.  Rounding out the final qualifying spot is Sergio Rivera of Fort Bend Elkins.  This race looks to be a blanket finish where the video will decide the outcome..
In one of the finals performed on Friday, the 300 meter hurdles in the girls division came down to technique over the last hurdle.  Milan Young of Lamar and Whitney Ochiam of Cypress Springs battled the whole race.  Neck and neck they were coming off the final turn down the straight.  Young was able to attack the final hurdle and finally pull away from Ochiam, winning the event in a new state leading time 42.51.  Ochiam finished second in a time of 43.73.  That time currently ranks 5th in the state.  In the boys division, not so much a tight battle.  Current state leader' Eric Edwards of Langham Creek took out from the start and never looked back, easily winning the event in a time of 37.56.