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Mineola relay team wins Texas Relays

Dalton Harris, Preston Williams, Kartney Hampton and Brent Wells Dalton Harris, Preston Williams, Kartney Hampton and Brent Wells
MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - Practicing in an empty stadium is calming, when compared to the atmosphere of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.  In front of a huge crowd, the Texas Relays can be overwhelming for young runners.

"It's scary and freaky," said Mineola senior Brent Wells.  "There was no other way to describe it."

That couldn't stop the Yellowjackets 1600 meter relay team (Dalton Harris, Preston Williams, Kartney Hampton and Brent Wells) from running to history on Saturday.

"Honestly we didn't really quite know," said freshman Dalton Harris.  "We just knew we wanted to break both of our school records."

Running the second leg of the 1600 meter relay, senior Preston Williams only had one thing in mind, catch the pack.

"I looked up and noticed I was in seventh place and all the sudden it got kind of real," said Williams.  "I decided I needed to pick it up and starting catching guy by guy. Before you knew it we were in second place. I got it to my teammate as quick as I could.

Williams handed off to sophomore Kartney Hampton, who bolted for the lead.

"If we don't have the lead, that's my job to get the lead," said Hampton.  "I'm going to get first place. That's my duty."

Senior Brent Wells would hold on to the top spot as the Yellowjackets took first place with a school record time of 3:25.31.

"The first feeling for me was a big relief," said Wells.  "Knowing I didn't let the guy pass me. Other then that, it was a great feeling overall. It was a blessing in winning."

"Knowing we're the smallest school there, the only 3A with all these huge 4A's that have been there before and done it," said Williams.  "Being are first time there was an amazing feeling."

The winning time is the best in the state this season for Class 3A.  The Yellowjackets hope their top time can lead to a state championship.

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