The moment the Harker Heights boys track and field team has been waiting for is finally here, and after all the talks, head coach John Dulaney believes his team is right where it needs to be.

But Dulaney knows it may take more than his team running well for everything to go the way it hopes at the District 8-5A meet today and Saturday at Midway High School in Hewitt.

“Everything’s going to have to work right over there,” Dulaney said. “The points are going to be tight.

“It’s going to be a very competitive district track meet.”

That said, Heights is running well heading into the district meet.

The Knights’ 1,600 relay team set a school record at the Texas Relays this past Saturday, running the race in 3 minutes, 18.22 seconds, good for sixth in Division II.

Heights beat the former school record by more than a second.

“Proud of those kids,” Dulaney said

UTEP signee Darius Mitchell, who was a part of the mile relay, also impressed at the Relays, finishing fourth in the Division II 100-meter dash with a time of 10.77.

But Dulaney isn’t just confident in his sprinters.

“I’ve got some pole vaulters that are doing better each week,” he said. “The whole distance crew, they’re very competitive and they should score at the district meet.”

Dulaney said his team spent this week just brushing up on the fundamentals like handoffs as a bad exchange cost the Knights 400-meter relay team at the Waco Invitational.

But the heavy lifting, so to speak, has already been done.

“It’s pretty much hay’s in the barn now,” Dulaney said.

And with the district meet finally here, Dulaney said he is confident his team will be able to do what it first set out to do at the beginning of the outdoor season.

“We’ve had a lot of talks this year about the expectations and to be competitive and compete hard on the track,” Dulaney said. “And I think they’re ready to go over there and do their best.”

Contact Jordan Mason at or 254-501-7562​

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