By Greg Ford
Numbers-wise, things look good for Devin Duvernay as well as Sachse’s 400-meter relay.
The former, a junior, enters Saturday’s state 100-meter race with the top time (10.48) out of the nine regional qualifiers, while the 400 team, which Duvernay anchors, has the second-best time (40.89) behind Arlington Martin (40.81).
Still, all the Sachse competitors understand that medals are earned on the track, and they appear ready to do just that this weekend at the University of Texas’ Mike Myers Stadium.
“It’s exciting. I can’t wait for it,” Duvernay said. “It’s what I worked for.”
He added, “Since I didn’t make it last year, I’ve come back hungrier and want it more.”
A little while before running the 100, Duvernay will be responsible for finishing out the final 100 meters in the relays. Prior to that, the likes of Nick Alexander, Christopher Hill and Malcolm Woods will carry the baton.
The 400 relays for Class 6A will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, with the 100 races scheduled to take place at 7:05 p.m.
“Right now, I’m really trying to get healthy, so I can get ready for next week,” Woods said. “By the time our meet starts, I’ll be ready to go.”
Alexander and Hill share that view.
“I marked it (state) on my calendar. That was my goal,” Hill said.
Alexander added, “Based on last year, we knew we had the capability of going. We just had to put it together this year.”
Staying healthy and solid team chemistry were two reasons for success, Alexander noted, but added that in the days leading to state, the Mustangs will focus on handoffs. In the past, many teams have been disqualified or lost out on a medal chance because of dropped handoffs.
“You’ve got to make it like it’s one person out there,” Hill said.