2017 TSU Relays - Day 2 Recap
By. RoJo
March 18, 2017
Houston, TX
Manvel High Jumper Soars
at the
TSU Relays
In a competition that saw 3 competitors left with the bar at 6-10, it was Manvel's Michael Tolds breaking away from the competition.  Tolds had a close miss on his 1st attempt at 6-10, but skied it on his second attempt.  He made major clearance with plenty of room to spare.  The jump was a personal best and you could see the excitement as the young man exited the mat.  More like jumped of the mat.  The other two competitors, Mason Corbin of Katy Tompkins and Preston Swiggart of Houston Christian had great attempts at 6-10, but were unable to clear the bar.  So what does one do after they have PR'ed in the high jump, go far another PR, and that is exactly what Mr. Tolds did.  Raising the bar to 6-11, on his 1st attempt, Michael just clipped the bar on his way down.  He did one of his trademark prejump ritual..."when I go through my jump, I do a warm-up jump first to see if I can get my hips above the bar.  Once I see that my hips are over, I go an attack" Tolds stated.  And attack is what he did.  The senior attacked the bar on his second attempt...Up and Over, with about 3-4 inches to spare.  After he cleared it, he went over and gave his coach, Coach Crumedy a big hug.  That hug almost cost him his jump after the officials told Crumedy that he was in violation.  Buzz Kill...NOT, there was no stopping the buzz that this young man had generated.  When asked about how he felt about the jump..."AWESOME" said Tolds.
Cy Springs Pulls Off The Trifecta
The ladies of Cy Springs told the rest of the track world...Put Some Respek On Our Name...well not actually spoke it, but did say it in their actions claiming the top spot in all the sprint relays.  Not only did they win the events, they put up  some of the top state's time in each one of them.    They got their day started in the 4x200 relay. They were able to regain  the lead,  after an incredible run from Dallas Carter's Sha'Carri Richardson on second leg to place them in front temporarily.  Their winning time of 1:37.92 edged out Carter's time of 1:38.00.  In the 4x100,  Cy Springs was able to edge out  Aldine Davis for the win, their second relay gold medal  , winning in a time of 46.41.  In the final sprint relay, the 4x400 relays, on the final leg it was a three way battle for 1st. Hightower, Ridge Point and Cy Springs were grouped together coming off the final curve.   Cy Springs' Jordan Cormier kicked it to a 6th gear and proceeded to pull away just a tad from the group and hold on for dear life down the final stretch, bringing home the victory and their 3rd gold medal in a time of 3:47.34.
He's as smooth as silk...
One BAD Man!!!
AMAZING, is what one would say after seeing Langham Creek's Eric Edwards perform in the hurdle events.  Pick your race...300's, 110's, the boy is just bad.  And when I say bad, I definitely mean bad meaning good.  In the finals of the boys 110 hurdles, it was over from the sound of the gun.  Just easily running over the hurdles, pulling away from the competition.  His final time, an outstanding 13.67, easily the fastest time in the state this year and a personal best for Edwards.  "It was real good we had the wind to our backs to me that was a big advantage.  All I needed to do was to make sure I ran fast in between the hurdles and get my trail leg down as quickly as possible.  It just felt real smooth" stated the junior from Langham Creek. It was a tight battle for second place with both runners finishing in a time of 14.41 with the silver medal going to Klein Forest's Nolan Walker.
Another 3:11 and change for the 4x400
They did it again, they did it again, but this time they had company.  Desoto is no longer the only group to have dipped into the 3:11 range.  Those young men from Manvel took a dip into that pool today during the finals of the 4x400 relay.  It was like watching a chess match watching those two teams run today.  Manvel got out to the early lead on the 1st leg, but here comes Desoto.  Desoto takes the lead during the second leg, but up comes Manvel.  Manvel's 3rd leg makes a move to regain the lead.  It comes down to the anchor leg.  Desoto's anchor came out the 1st curve with a small lead.  The anchor from Manvel was closing in.  Down the final stretch Desoto kicked in the afterburners and manage to hold off Manvel for the win.  Their time, 3:11.69 with Manvel right behind them running a 3:11.98.  Talk about exciting finishes.  This chess match will resume in Austin in 2 weeks at the Texas Relays.
Only At The TSU Relays!!!
This had to have been the most entertaining track meet we have ever covered.  From the old school and new school jams being blasted through the loud speakers, to the very witty remarks of the meet announcer, Clyde Duncan, this was a very entertaining meet.  There's a difference in coming in last and coming in dead last and the crew at the TSU Relays made sure the crowd knew the difference.  Those who got the opportunity to come in dead last had the pleasure of hearing a variety of songs.  We had Beauty and the Beast theme music playing.  Probably the funniest one was in the college women 1500.  2 runners from Chicago State brought up the rear and they started playing Take Me To The King by Tamala Mann and while the young lady was running, the verse came on..."Truth is I'm tired"...HILARIOUS. Only at the TSU Relays. Then they played Atomic Dog by George Clinton, and sure enough, an old school Omega came out of the stands in the grassy field next to the track and started stepping.  A fellow Que-Dog joined him and they put on a short step show...Only at the TSU Relays.  During the college men 400, the winner came across the finish line in a time of 47.04 and pointed at the clock.  Coach Clyde put him on blast immediately, "don't point at the clock and you only ran a 47"  The crowd went crazy into ooh and laughter...Only at the TSU Relays.  Very entertaining track meet.