By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
AUSTIN - There was a mixup with John Horton's entry.
The Houston freshman was placed in the University B division of the triple jump Friday at the 85th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
But he didn't mind too much - even if he did finish second.
"I had the mentality of jumping with the A section, but they had a mishap with my PR (personal record). They didn't know it," Horton said. "They ended up throwing me in the B section. I knew the competition would be kind of similar to the A, but I would have rather been on the A."
At least it gave the former Copperas Cove state champion a better shot to win.
And when it was all over, he thought he had.
"A win is a win, but I am happier that I think I have got my place in regionals," Horton said.
After jumping 50 feet, 9½ inches on his first jump and just under that on his second, Horton passed on his first two jumps of the finals, waiting to see if anyone could beat his mark.
He had his eye on Louisiana-Monroe's Josh Howard.
"I was really just trying to watch him to see if I knew I had to continue jumping," Horton said.
And when Howard failed to beat him, Horton thought he had won.
But he never saw South Plains' Etron Moorer. And after sitting out on two jumps and scratching on his final attempt, the former Bulldawg had to settle for second place.
"I really won it on my first jump," Horton said. "I wanted a PR today, but I didn't get it. I ran off the board and stayed flat and ... just followed through the jump and used my arms."
Ellison's Hardy back to normal in Austin
Prezel Hardy Jr. has had his ups and downs at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
As a junior at Ellison, he set a wind-aided national record in the 100-meter dash at the 5A track and field championships. As a senior, he had the worst setback of his career, pulling up with a hamstring injury at the Texas Relays. The injury lingered and Hardy did not get to defend his state title.
Two years later, Hardy is poised to do damage again.
This time, though, it will be on the track for Texas A&M.
Hardy had the top qualifying time (10.18) in the 100 at the Texas Relays on Friday, ahead of teammate of also former Ellison standout Michael Bryan. Bryan won his heat in 10.41 seconds and was the ninth and final qualifier for Saturday's finals. Junior Ameer Webb clocked 10.37 in finishing third to Florida's Jeff Demps (10.29) and LSU's Aaron Ernest (10.30).
A record, but no victory for Lady Wolves
LeKesha Jelks was excited when she heard what the Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves track team was going to do. After all, they had never done anything like this before.
"I thought it was pretty cool," Jelks said. "I said 'Sprint medley? Who all runs the sprint medley?' And I thought, 'Oh, this should be fun.'"
But when they did, they made a lasting impression.
Shoemaker broke the national record in the sprint relay at the Texas Relays. However, three other teams did, too, leaving the Lady Wolves in fourth place with a time of 4:03.15.
"Just to be able to come in and break a record and come in fourth is great for us," said Jelks, who ran the last 800 meters of the race. "Fighting (Katie Williard of The Woodlands) in the last 200 was pretty hard. I tried to keep pace, but I got tired and she passed me."