By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



Palestine girls’ track coach Jamie Driskell is seeing chemistry from his 400-meter relay team which could translate into a trip to Austin and the state track meet.

The Palestine sprint relay team, along with several other Ladycat athletes, will compete in the Class 3A-Region III track and field meet at Humble High School on Friday and Saturday. The top two finishers in each event qualifies for the University Interscholastic League’s state meet.

“Our sprint relay girls have developed good chemistry and are running well,” Driskell said.

Driskell said the key to the sprint relay will be the handoffs.

“We have been spending lots of time on the handoffs because that is what it comes down to,” Driskell said. “Handoffs can be the split-second difference.”

The Palestine sprint relay team won the District 21-3A title with a time of 42.9 seconds, winning by more than three seconds.

Running the sprint relay for Palestine will be a pair of seniors and a pair of freshman.

The two seniors are Jessica Faggett, who is the first leg, and Crystal Rogers, the third leg. Freshmen Krystal Davis is the second leg and Tiesha Farris is the anchor.

Along with the sprint relay, Palestine also qualified its two other relay teams — the 800 and 1600.

The 800 relay team will be a combination of the four on the sprint relay team along with senior LaTrese Jones.

“They have all worked hard and have been running tough,” Driskell said. “They have competed better than most people give them credit for.”

Driskell calls his 1600 relay team a revolving door as he has several runners to choose from, including Faggett, Ermeshia Davis, Jones, Jocelyn Nays and Shaquita Cook.

“Our goal at regionals is to make it to the finals on the second day,” Driskell said. “If we can do that, then you never know what is going to happen in the finals.”

Krystal Davis and Farris also will run in individual events at the regional meet.

Krystal Davis will run in the 100 and possibly the 200, but Driskell said he may move her to the 800 relay team instead.

Farris will run in the 200, which she won at district, and Driskell said she has one of the top five times heading into regionals.

Driskell said nerves should not be a problem for his two freshman sprinters.

“Early in the season nerves got them a little bit but they have stepped up and handled the pressure,” Driskell said. “A lot of the credit goes to our seniors who have helped them.”

Palestine has three distance runners who will compete at regionals. Hannah Steffan and April Shedd both will run in the 800 and 1600 while Chelsea Scoggin will run in the 3200.

“Our distance girls have a shot if they can run their best times,” Driskell said. “They have worked very hard and do whatever is asked.”

In the field events, Brittany Adams and Tajan Snowden will compete in the shot put and Whitney Patton will compete in the pole vault.

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Scott Tyler may be contacted via e-mail at styler@palestineherald.com

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