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March 23, 2014

HORNETS TRACK AND FIELD — Huntsville girls fare well at TSU Relays


The Lady Hornets stepped up to the challenge in Houston over the weekend, placing 24th at the Texas Southern Relays. 
Huntsville girls track and field head coach Kathy Lehman said she was proud to see the young group, which had only one senior and two juniors run the relays, respond positively to being on a bigger stage. 
“Honestly, this last week of practice was tough,” Lehman said. “We’re at the point in the season where the work gets harder and more intense. I worked them hard this past week and they stepped up. It was awesome to see.”
Sydney Beverly and Marissa Dixon took first and second place, respectively, in the pole vault Saturday. 
Dixon also tied for 10th in the high jump after clearing 4 feet, 10 inches. 
The combination of Moesha Straughter, Taryn Archie, Rickeyshia Barnes and Blake Thomason finished fourth in the 4-by-400-meter medley with a time of 4:28.30.
Olivia Jenkins placed 21st in the long jump.
Senior Kysa Davis was 18th in the discus. 
Sophomore Kori Beckham was 33rd in the 300-meter hurdles for Huntsville. 
The Lady Hornets were only two-hundredths of a second away from advancing to the sprint relay finals.
Lehman wanted to see Huntsville’s girls bounce back from the Pearland meet earlier in the season, when they posted some of their worst times of the year. 
Stepping things up a notch in practice appears to have worked for Huntsville over the weekend. 
“This is a young group,” Lehman said. “We don’t have many seniors and the majority of our girls are sophomores. We’re still learning and I was proud of the way they competed at TSU.” 
The Huntsville girls will join the boys to host a meet on Friday.

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