Sandies relay shocks record and Land’s 400m dominance continues in Amarillo Meet of Champions day two

Published: Mar. 26, 2022 at 11:04 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Day two of the Amarillo Meet of Champions at Dick Bivins Stadium added two more high school varsity times to the record books, Amarillo High boys 800 meter relay and Panhandle’s Macklynn Land in the 400 meters.

Land’s dominance continues in the 400 meters. The UIL 2A two-time State Champion ran a season-best 55.25, marking her second time ever to run sub-56. The senior Texas Tech commit broke the meet record that was set by Canyon’s Sommer Wilder at 56.19 back in 2014.

”The last two meets we’ve had Canyon’s mile relay to really just help push us and stuff,” said Land. “I think just having the mentality that oh they’re in front of you go get them and just run fast.”

The second and final record broken on day two was by the Amarillo High boys in the 4x200 meter relay. Jameson Garcia was the last leg of the four-man team finishing in 1:26.7. Other members of the team include Xa Landry, Tyrese Molden and JQ Ervin.

“The adrenaline starts pumping and the fastest we’ve all ran,” said Garcia.

The previous record in the 800 meter relay was set by Caprock in 2015. The team made up of T. Ledbetter, J. Atkinson, B. Saryoung and V. Sheriff finished in 1:27.31.

”During practice we work hard,” said Ervin, Amarillo High’s third leg. “You know, we listen to the coaches and get our handoffs right and I feel like that’s really what helped us get this win.”

“We got a long way to go and hopefully a State medal too,” said Molden, Amarillo High’s second leg.

The varsity boys and girls team winners were swept by Amarillo High.

Final results in all events can be found here.

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