HEWITT — Quasan Hill admitted he was a little lost, but he knew what he had to do.
“There was a lot of pressure on me, but my coach just told me, ‘You’ve got to run,’” said Hill, who anchored the Shoemaker Grey Wolves’ 800-meter relay Friday at the District 7-5A and 8-5A Area track and field meet at Waco Midway’s Panther Stadium.
“I did my best, but it was my first time running the 4-by-2. I didn’t know where to go, I didn’t know anything, but I went out there and ran my best.”
Hill and the Grey Wolves won the 800-meter relay in 1 minute, 26.83 seconds, upsetting DeSoto’s relay team that was without its sprinting stallwort Tremayne Acy. Acy, who placed third in the 100-meters at the UIL state meet last year, pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury the final 15 meters of the 100 meters Friday and spent the rest of the night laid out on the trainer’s table.
So, the Eagles ran without him, like the Grey Wolves ran without their usual anchor leg Dwayne Williams, who suffered a foot injury and couldn’t go Friday.
“It’s a sad thing to come this far to suffer an injury — that’s just the game. One slip, one fall, game over. (Acy’s injury) didn’t affect us at all,” said sophomore DeOntre Haynes.
Haynes and Johnny Jefferson both qualified for the area meet in the 100 meters as well, but because the 100 and 800 relay are back-to-back events, the two Shoemaker sprinters scratched their appearances in the 100 to focus more of their energy on the relay.
“It was worth it to beat big teams like DeSoto, that was our main goal,” said Haynes who ran the opening leg. “Me and Johnny took an L in the 100 just to get out of it due to the fact that the 100 is back-to-back to the 4-by-2. But, we were willing to take it. For gold, we’re willing to take it.”
Taron Lloyd, who ran the second leg of the race, won the 200 (21.42) and Hill finished fourth (21.83). The Grey Wolves’ 400-meter relay finished second behind DeSoto in 41.27.
“He’s holding it down, way better than I thought he would. I thought he’d mess up the hand-offs and everything,” Lloyd joked of Hill’s performance in the 800 relay.
“He always talks about how he’s going to beat me everyday,” Lloyd added, “but I’m always like, ‘You’re going to have to show me.”