The Texas UIL state meet wrapped up this past weekend and featured no shortage of impressive performances. In fact, it might have been one of the greatest meets ever for sprints, thanks in large part to some amazing times in the 4x200m relay.
In a banner year for the 4x200m relay, Texas dropped the four fastest times in the country at the UIL state meet alone. Over the course of the entire season, Texas has compiled nine of the top 10 times.
The Port Arthur Memorial guys now own the second-fastest all-time mark of 1:23.52, trailing only national-record holder Fort Worth Wyatt, which ran 1:23.31. The Woodlands (1:23.81) and Converse Judson (1:23.97) also made the all-time list at Nos. 5 and 8, respectively.
The only other years with more than one time in the top 10 all-time are 2015 and 1998. Both times in 1998 were from Fort Worth Wyatt. In 2015, it was Port Arthur Memorial and the Fort Bend Marshall that recorded the top 10 all-time marks.
The only team in the top 10 not from the state of Texas is the American Heritage squad that ran a 1:24.75 to win the Pepsi Florida Relays at the end of March.
In total, 17 of the top 100 all-time 4x200m relay times in the MileSplit database came from this year* and 19 in the past decade.
Top 500: 2017
Top 50: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Decade | All-Time
*Sometimes may not be added to do insufficient results.*