Ryan boys relays sweep area meet, 800 relay gains ground in nation’s top region

Ryan boys track and field head coach Janson Head insists that Class 5A Region I is the fastest region in the nation.

With only two weeks remaining until the state meet, there’s plenty of evidence to supplement that statement.

Ryan’s boys strolled home with a win at the District 5-5A and 6-5A area meet Friday night at Coppell. Ryan finished with 113 points, far ahead of Flower Mound Marcus’ 95 points.

Ryan’s relays ran some of their best times this season, but they’ll have to shave off a few more seconds.

The 400 relay featuring Maurice Gordon, Jordan Murray, Paul Hunter and Cameron Williams set the school record with a time of 41.60 seconds. The previous record, 41.90, was set in 2011.

All year, the 800 relay has been one of the fastest high school relays in the nation. The 800 relay ran a season best 1:26.29.

That time is the 12th fastest in the nation. Unfortunately for the Raiders, it’s only the fourth fastest time in 5A Region I. DeSoto set the new region low with a mark of 1:25.50 at its area meet. Duncanviille still has its time of 1:26.05, and Temple is just ahead of Ryan at 1:26.25.

Five of the 15 fastest 800 relays in the nation hail from 5A Region I, according to DyeStat. The second fastest region is east Texas’ 4A Region II, which has four of the top 10 times.

Ryan’s 1600 relay also picked up a win at the area meet with a time of 3:19.03. We’ll have full results in tomorrow’s copy of the newspaper.

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