Manvel's repeat bid for state track title comes up short

MANVEL — Manvel had 50 points and DeSoto had 38 points with one more event remaining at the 2016 state track meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The Mavs were looking to repeat as Class 6A champions after winning the crown last year.

The only problem was that Manvel didn't have a foursome in the 4x400 relay event and DeSoto did which gave them the potential to pick up some big points.

Manvel had two other relay teams at the meet which helped them get their 50 points.

The team of Daniel Ford, Reggie Hemphill, Caleb Jolivette and Jaren Colbert ran a 1:24.48 to win the 800-meter relay which earned them 20 points.

D'Eriq King, Ford, Jolivette and Colbert finished second in the 400-meter relay at 40.53 to DeSoto's 40.34 which gave them 16 points while DeSoto picked up 20 in that event.

Had Manvel had a qualifier in the 1600-meter relay, the Mavs could have very well brought home another title.

It was the one relay team they didn't send to state after finishing sixth at regionals.

"The expectation is to win," said Manvel track coach Kendrick Crumedy. "That's the foundation we built on. But they did everything in their power to win. With the 4x4, it's a landslide."

When the final event was over, DeSoto finished second in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:14.22 for 16 points while Arlington Bowie took gold in 3:14.03 for 20 points.

However, the 16 points that DeSoto earned pushed them past Manvel 54 to 50 giving them the 2016 state championship and leaving the Mavs as the state runner-up.

Crumedy has a lot of talent returning for the 2017 track season. For now, this team will be remembered for setting the bar.

"They're going to be the first-ever team to win a state championship in Manvel High School history, for boys, and be the state runner-up the following year," Crumedy said. "They built this program. They started when we were called the doormat of track and field."

A few other Manvel tracksters helped with the point total including Howard Fields who scored six points with his third place finish in the 400-meters with a time of 47.35 to finish behind the second place runner who posted 47.32.

Jolivette took the bronze medal in the 100-meters with a time of 10.57 for six points.

High jumper Michael Tolds placed fifth for two points with a height of 6-06.

For the Manvel girls, they only had one state qualifier and that was Bellodgia Danielle Roberson who finished third in the discus with a heave of 130-09.