Dallas-area athletes won 36 state titles in track. Here are 5 performances that stood out

dallas-area athletes won 36 state titles Thursday through Saturday at the UIL state track meet in Austin — 22 on the girls side and 14 by the boys.

North Crowley’s Indya Mayberry (100, 200), Prosper Rock Hill’s Skylynn Townsend (long jump, triple jump), Frisco Panther Creek’s Falyn Lott (long jump, 300 hurdles), arlington Lamar’s Evan Martinez (shot put, discus) and Rock Hill’s Owen Horsley (wheelchair 100, 400) won two individual state titles apiece, while the Duncanville girls (4x100, 4x200) and Lancaster girls (4x100, 4x200, 4x400) won multiple state titles in the relays.

Perhaps the most amazing feat was that D-FW athletes won at least one state title in all 17 scoring events that were held at the state meet, along with claiming gold in three wheelchair races. The Dallas area’s best event was the long jump — with four state titles — followed by the 200, 4x200 relay, 300 hurdles and 4x400 relay with three state championships apiece.

What were the most impressive performances? That was difficult to decide, with so many records broken, but here are five that rose to the top.

No high school 4x200-meter relay team in U.S. history had ever broken 1:23 before Saturday. Duncanville’s school record in the event was 1:23.42, run two weeks earlier at the Class 6A Region II meet.

And Saturday, Duncanville’s team of Brayden Williams, Caden Durham, Ayson Theus and Dakorien Moore had already combined to compete in three other events before they got to the 4x200. Moore had competed in the long jump in the morning, all four of them had run on the 4x100 relay that was the state runner-up and ran the third-fastest time in national history (39.47) at the beginning of the evening, and just one event earlier, Durham had finished third in the 100 meters in 10.46 and Williams had placed sixth in 10.61.

So none of them had fresh legs for the 4x200. Durham said his legs “were cramping the whole race” in the 4x200, and Williams said that his legs were cramping when he got into the blocks to run the leadoff leg on the 4x200.

Despite all of that, they stunned the packed house at Mike A. Myers Stadium by winning the Class 6A state title and breaking the national record with a breathtaking time of 1:22.25. They obliterated the previous national record of 1:23.25 that was run by The Woodlands at the state meet in 2018.

Duncanville’s relay team included three runners — Durham, Moore and Theus — who were standouts on the school’s football team that won a second consecutive Class 6A Division I state title on Dec. 16. Their legs had been through a lot of pounding this school year, playing 15 football games and then jumping right into track season, but they found the strength to become one of two schools in national history to break 1:23 in the 4x200 and also run under 40 seconds in the 4x100.

Katy Tompkins also did that Saturday, finishing behind Duncanville in both events at state by taking second in the 4x200 in 1:22.72 and placing fourth in the 4x100 in 39.85.

The 4x200 relay isn’t an event that is run at the NCAA Championships, but Track & Field News keeps a list of the best collegiate times ever run in the 4x200. Duncanville’s time at state was just two seconds off the record of 1:20.20 run by TCU in 1986 and by Tennessee in 2002.

To read more about Duncanville’s national record, go here.

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North Crowley senior Indya Mayberry had never run high school track before this season, only competing in summer track. She battled hip and groin injuries that kept her out for part of this season.

But Saturday she won state titles in the Class 6A girls 100 and 200 meters and shattered records in both. Her wind-legal time of 22.82 in the 200 was the fastest time in the nation for 2024 and broke the state record of 22.84 that was run by Killeen’s Tiffany Townsend in 2007. Townsend went on to earn 17 All-America honors at Baylor and broke school records in the 100 and 200.

Mayberry wasn’t far off the best time ever run in high school by Abby Steiner, which was 22.73 and ranks 12th in national history, according to Track & Field News. Steiner went on to break the collegiate record in the event by running 21.80 for Kentucky in 2022, and her 21.77 at that year’s U.S. Outdoor Championships is tied for 10th-fastest in American history.

Mayberry won the state title in the 100 in 11.21 while running into a minus-1.3 headwind. That broke the state-meet record in the UIL’s largest classification of 11.28 that was run by Olympian Marshevet Hooker for San Antonio Southwest in 2002, and it tied Townsend for the second-best time in state history. Victoria Jordan holds the state record, running 11.16 for Fort Worth Dunbar in 2008.

Related:North Crowley’s Indya Mayberry stays composed at state, blazes past 6A 100m dash record

Cooper Lutkenhaus is a freshman. He is already just one second away from the state record in the boys 800 meters. And he now holds the national high school record for freshmen.

Lutkenhaus won the Class 5A state title by running 1:49.84 on Friday, posting what is now the third-fastest time in the nation for 2024 after Michigan signee Brendan Herger from Northville (Mich.) ran a nation-leading 1:49.44 on the same day. After being in fifth place through the first 400 meters, Lutkenhaus unleashed an unbelievable kick over the final 200 meters, taking off with such incredible speed that it looked like he was running an open 100 meters while bolting immediately to the front on his way to a 54.43 final lap and nearly a four-second victory.

Lutkenhaus just missed the state-meet record for the UIL’s second-largest classification (now 5A), which was 1:49.41 by Dickinson’s Derrick Small in 1995. The state record that Lutkenhaus will have three more years to chase is 1:48.21 by Jonathan Johnson from Abilene in 2001. Johnson went on to win the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2004 with a time of 1:44.77, and he competed in the Athens Olympics the same year.

Related:As Kailey Littlefield ends amazing career in 800, Cooper Lutkenhaus is just starting his

James Lott still holds the third-best high jump mark in state history, clearing 7 feet, 4.75 inches for Refugio in 1983. Only eight high school athletes in national history have gone higher.

On Thursday, his son and daughter became state champions for Frisco Panther Creek.

Senior Falyn Lott won Class 4A state titles in the girls long jump (19-0.25) and 300 hurdles (41.76) and broke the 4A state-meet record of 42.69 in the 300 hurdles in her final state meet. The USC signee was also the state runner-up in the high jump (5-6) and 100 hurdles (14.03), and her 300 hurdles time from state ranks 11th in the nation. Lott ranks No. 2 in the nation in the long jump with a season-best and wind-legal jump of 20-10.5.

Jalen Lott, who transferred to Panther Creek from Lovejoy after the fall football season, won the 4A state title in the boys long jump with a mark of 22-9.25. The sophomore is a four-star recruit in football and is rated by 247Sports as the 12th-best athlete in the nation and the 18th-best player in Texas in the Class of 2026. He lists 34 college offers, including Texas — where his dad played football — and national champion Michigan.

Related:UIL 4A state track: Frisco Panther Creek’s Falyn Lott breaks 300 hurdles record

Saniyah Miller won three Class 5A state titles Friday, winning the 200 meters in 23.52 — the 15th-best time in the nation — and helping Lancaster win the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Those three championships helped the Lancaster girls win their 14th team state title — five more than any other school in UIL history.

Miller teamed up with Addison Stricklin, Kristian Nichols and Milan Lathan to win the 4x100 in 46.08, and she ran with Datavia Hunter, Lathan and Sarai James to win the 4x400 in 3:45.38. Lathan ran on all three of Lancaster’s state championship relay teams, joining Aniyah Bennett, Hunter and Stricklin to win the 4x200 in 1:36.86, the 13th-best time nationally.

Miller is only a sophomore, and she went undefeated in postseason races in the 200.

Related:Lancaster girls showcase relay dominance at state, capture first 5A team title since 2021

Local winners from the UIL track and field state meet Thursday through Saturday in Austin.

Nicole Humphries, Flower Mound: 6A 800

Indya Mayberry, North Crowley: 6A 100, 200

De’Kayla Simpson, Duncanville: 6A 400

Duncanville relays: 6A 4x100, 4x200

Skylynn Townsend, Prosper Rock Hill: 6A long jump, triple jump

Jacelyn Neighbors, Royse City: 6A pole vault

Kaylah Braxton, Frisco Heritage: 5A 100 hurdles

Angel Brefo, Midlothian Heritage: 5A 400

Kailyn Head, Denton Ryan: 5A 300 hurdles

Saniyah Miller, Lancaster: 5A 200

Lancaster relays: 5A 4x100, 4x200, 4x400

Ryhan Balous, McKinney North: 5A long jump

Falyn Lott, Frisco Panther Creek: 4A long jump, 300 hurdles

Hannah Forde, Frisco Panther Creek: 4A triple jump

Addison Hite, Pilot Point: 3A 3,200

Ritvika Kondakrindi, Hebron: wheelchair 100

Caden Leonard, Southlake Carroll: 6A 1,600

Duncanville relay: 6A 4x200

Zion Robinson, mansfield: 6A high jump

Evan Martinez, Arlington Lamar: 6A shot put, discus

Cooper Lutkenhaus, Justin Northwest: 5A 800

Cameron Bates, Mansfield Timberview: 5A 300 hurdles

McKinney North relay: 5A 4x400

Kameron Franklin, Red Oak: 5A high jump

Tyler Brown, Aubrey: 4A 200

Aubrey relay: 4A 4x400

Jalen Lott, Frisco Panther Creek: 4A long jump

Owen Horsley, Prosper Rock Hill: wheelchair 100, 400

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