Reporting Bill Jones
AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) - What a weekend it was for the DeSoto Eagles.
Matching the feat accomplished the previous night by Class 4A Lancaster, the DeSoto boys and girls teams both won Class 5A state team titles at the University Interscholastic League state track meet Saturday night in Austin.
It’s the Eagles’ first boys track state title, a moment that caps Head Coach Mark Brady’s 31-year career at the school. DeSoto clinched the team championship by taking 1st place in the 400 meter relay.
DeSoto’s girls won their second straight state title, holding off a stiff challenge from Garland which won two relays. Mansfield Timberview and Plano East also finished within 10 points of the 1st place Lady Eagles.
The top individual performance was turned in by Plano East’s Jennifer Madu, who has signed with Texas A&M. Madu won gold medals in the 100 meters (11.53), 200 meters (24.03), long jump (19-8 3/4), and triple jump (42-4 1/4).
South Grand Prairie’s Abraham Hall blistered the field in the 100 meters (10.19) and 200 meters (20.58). Both times were just off state records and the best in the nation this year. Hall will continue his career at West Point.
Mansfield Timberview’s Aldrich Bailey, a Texas A&M signee, fell just short of bettering his own national record (45.19) in the 400 meters, winning the event with a time of 45.92 seconds.
Mansfield Legacy’s Shelbi Vaughn capped a sensational high school career by winning both the discus and shot put state titles. Headed to Texas A&M on a volleyball scholarship, Vaughn obliterated the state record in the discus by more than 24 feet with a heave of 187 feet, 10 inches.
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