Running through records

13 Farmers place third or higher to qualify for Area meet


Emily Honey

Senior Te’Anna Harlin commits to TCU to run track.

Setting a new school record and approaching a few others, seven athletes placed as district champions last Thursday at the District 6-6A meet at Flower Mound High School. Now, the teams prepare to compete at the Area meet on April 20-21 at Coppell High School. 

Seniors Bre’Anna and Te’Anna Harlin helped the varsity girls team claim various event championships; Te’Anna took home the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.61 seconds while Bre’Anna won the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.75 seconds. The sisters were also part of the varsity relay team (Te’Anna Harlin, Bre’Anna Harlin, juniors Sydnee Wilson and Paislie “Ryan” Allen), which placed first in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays. A 4×100 time under 47 seconds tied the school record for the event. 

“We have to keep each other motivated,” Te’Anna said about how the relay team maintains its success. “We [have] to have a connection [and] chemistry to do well.”

Te’Anna added a first place triple jump finish with a distance of 38 feet and 2.25 inches, breaking her own school record from last year. Still, Harlin remains most confident in her 100 meter talents.

“I think I can beat it,” Te’Anna said about potentially replicating an 11.42 second time from her junior year. “I’m just good at it.”

Earlier in the semester, the sisters committed to TCU. Senior Trinity Trotter was the third Division 1 commit for track this year, committing to UNT

“I wanted to go somewhere kind of far, but not too far,” Te’Anna said about her commitment. “[TCU] felt really home-y, the people were welcoming. The coaches were consistent in talking to me and my sister, and we really liked that.”

On the boys side, senior Rendell Carter won the boys varsity shot put event with his fifth consecutive shot over 50 feet (55’ 7.25”). Carter set a new school record for the event on March 23 with a 59 foot shot at the Max Goldsmith Relays. That distance currently sits at 11th in the state of Texas for the event. 

“It’s OK, but it’s not the best throw, so I can improve it,” Carter said. “Shot put [is an event] we can win every time.” 

His teammate on the football team, senior Xavier Lewis, competed and won the varsity boys 200 meter dash with a time of 22.16 seconds. He was edged out by 21 milliseconds by Coppell sophomore Matthew Maldima (10.57 seconds), placing second for the 100 meter dash. 

Overall, 13 members of the varsity teams qualified for the Area meet, where the top 4 athletes in every event will advance to the Regional meet the week after. Four more Farmers qualified for the JV teams, including sophomores Rhyan Sewell and Sean Oliver, who placed first and second respectively in the shot put. As teams, the girls varsity placed third with a team score of 80. The girls JV placed seventh, and both boys teams sixth. 

“It felt normal, it just felt like another meet,” Te’Anna said about the stakes of a late season meet like district. “We were just determined and happy to be there.”