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Edna boys track team wins Class 2A team title

MIKE FORMAN

By MIKE FORMAN
May 11, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.
Updated May 12, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.

The Edna boys track team finished first in the boys 2A team portion of the UIL track and field state championships on Friday, at Mike A. Meyers Track and Field Stadium in Austin.

AUSTIN - Edna coach Ben Callies had no idea what he was going to do when he got back home, but he knew exactly what he wasn't going to do.

"I probably won't sleep tonight when I get home," Callies said. "I'll be up all night long. I'm proud of the way the guys competed today and it will be a good thing to take home for the town of Edna."

Edna returned from Mike A. Myers Stadium with the first boys team championship in school history.

The Cowboys won the UIL Track and Field State Championship Class 2A title with 48 points, a comfortable margin over East Bernard, which finished second with 36 points.

"Overall we're pretty excited about the way things finished today," Callies said. "We had a little talk yesterday about some things and I told them this was going to be a fun part of the time of year. Myself, I was kind of stressed out and I wasn't having fun. We just needed to come out and do our job and everything would come out fine."

Darius Callies, Anthony Stevens, Tyler Kucera and Devin Parks teamed up to win the 400-meter relay, and Callius finished first in the 400 dash.

DeRodrick Jones, Stevens, Dennis Johnson and Kucera finished third in the 800 relay, and Parks was fourth in the 100 dash and fifth in the 200 dash.

"That was my goal to come here and get first," Darius Callies said. "I had to do what I had to do to help the team out."

The Cowboys celebrated their championship by taking a victory lap around the stadium.

"It feels great," Stevens said. "It feels awesome to know that I made history in Edna. We had a lot of competition. Usually it's a little easier than it was today and everybody gave us a really hard push. I think that's what gave us the push to break records like we did."

Ty Slanina gave East Bernard the push it needed to win the 1,600 relay by coming from behind on the anchor leg. Trevor Long, Daniel Garza, Victor Pettit and Slanina came into the race seeded eighth, but edged Thorndale by .20 seconds to win.

"We ran a 3:31 in the prelims at regional, the next night we dropped it down to a 3:27, and we just popped off a 3:22," Slanina said. "We won a state championship. You can't get any better than that."

Slanina also won his second consecutive gold medal in the long jump, but left no doubt about which medal he will treasure more.

"Winning an individual event is amazing," he said "but winning a team event, you can't get any better."

Karnes City sophomore Donnell Lyons won the Class 2A 200 dash after having his freshman season cut short by an injury.

"I had a bad start, but I was thinking just win," Lyons said. "I practiced all last year and I tore both of my hip flexors and couldn't come to regional or state. This year I came to state and won. That's what I wanted all my life and I got it."

Refugio's Megan Shaw wanted to win a gold medal, but she was happy with two silvers in the Class 2A shot put and discus.

"I'm a little disappointed because I didn't get first," she said. "But I still got two medals and I improved a lot from last year. I'm very proud and very happy."

The Victoria East girls 800 relay team of Kamri Hardeman, Tyera Lewis, Ramaya Dean, and Danielle Franklin become the first Victoria School district team to run at the state meet since 1998 when they finished ninth in the event.

Edna took a victory lap after receiving their team trophy to savor their accomplishment.

"We don't even have to communicate anymore," Stevens said. "That's just what kind of brotherhood we have."

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