Before heading down to Austin to compete against the best in the state, the Shoemaker Lady Wolves relay team had a warmup in Waco. Given the results, Shoemaker looks ready for Myers Track and Soccer Stadium.
Shoemaker’s girls relay team won both the 400- (47.71 seconds) and 800-meter (1:43.55) relays and were the runner-up in the 1,600 (4:08.87) at the George Dixon Relays at Waco La Vega High School on Friday.
“We ran our best time at the meet, so if we can run a time similar to that, we give ourselves a chance to make the finals in all the relays,” Shoemaker head track coach Kevin Ellison said. “That’s our goal: to make it to the finals, compete with the best in the state and see where we fall.”
The boys relay team took second in the 800 (1:29.44) and 1,600 (3:29.27) relays while finishing third in the 400 (42.62).
The showing helped the Shoemaker girls win the meet with a total of 184 points, 18 ahead of runner-up A&M Consolidated.
“It was a very successful meet,” Ellison said. “The kids did well, they worked really hard and I’m really proud of them.”
Five different Lady Grey Wolves won individual gold medals.
“That’s what made this meet,” Ellison said. “We have good depth and our girls can do a lot of different things. When you have that depth, you can mix people in and out and the girls can be successful in the field events as well as running.”
Shoemaker’s boys placed second with 142 points, 28 behind A&M Consolidated.
Tyriete Dixon won the gold in the girls 100 with a time of 12.46 and ran in both the 400 and 800 relays.
Jaime Eckford was the top finisher in the 800 (2:24.87) and was a part of the 1,600 relay team.
Lanasha Reed, Yaritxza Rivera and Jasmine Rhodes led the way for the Lady Wolves in the field events. Reed won the gold in the shot put (37 feet, 4 inches), Rivera won the discus (117-7½) and Rhodes was the top finisher in the high jump (5-4).
Darius Milford medaled three times for the Shoemaker boys track team.
Milford took gold in the 300 hurdles (33.99), silver in the 110 hurdles (15.14) and was a part of the silver-winning 800 relay team (3:29.27).
Terrell Perry led the way for the Grey Wolves in the field events. Perry was the top finisher in the shot put (46-4) and runner-up in the discus (125-6).
Tre Haynes won the 100 (11.21) and Desmond Jefferson was the winner of the 400 (51.27).
“Both of those guys did a really good job at the meet and performed very well along with Darius Milford,” Ellison said. “They stepped up in some different roles and helped us in different areas in the field events and also on the track.”
Toma Rivera was the winner in the 110 hurdles (15.14).
The high school portion of the Texas Relays gets underway Friday and concludes on Saturday.