John Tyler track sizzles

John Tyler relay team holds best time in nation, training to make time even better

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The 4 by 100 meter relay team of Kitan Crawford, Dyvione Patterson, Keandre Ray and Caleb McMiller posted the fastest time in the nation recently, and now they want to improve on that sizzling time of 40-point-66.

This is the key to running a swift 4 by 400m relay, the exchanging of the baton. Have to control your speed for the successful hand off

Kitan Crawford/JT Track--"You know you can’t have a bad handoff, cause you know that’s seconds off, if you have a bad or a good hand off. It’s great to have good handoffs,” said Kitan Crawford.

The John Tyler lions relay team hopes to lower the time of 40-point 66 that leads the nation, and they think they know what it’ll take.

“Really on time, try to get down a little bit we feel like 40 not gonna win state to us ” said Dyvione Patteron.

“We found out last year state of Texas gonna take 39 to win state. Uh, last year we went 40-point-37, last year we finished 7th in 6A. So as I told these guys coming back--I have two who was on the relay last year, and then two that were alternates, and coming back I told them it was gonna take 39 for us to win state," said Coach Torey Elder.

When they had that blistering time in the metro plex, it just made them want to better it even more. Dyvione Patteron/JT Track-/JT Track-

When they had that blistering time in the metroplex, it just made them want to better it even more.

“We’re trying to get even faster. Getting faster every week, taking it one meet at a time and in this meet we plan on even running faster, ”said Keandre Ray.

“I mean we have the speed, we have it, we just need the hand-offs to be perfect spot on," said Caleb McMiller.

A meet this weekend, then later next week, the Texas relays. Look for them to burn rubber in Austin.

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