Lancaster track wins relay gold (in a typical way), but doesn’t earn its 14th title

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The Lancaster women’s athletic team always descends on Austin with a simple hope: to come home with the team championship trophy on the bus.

They have won a record 13 UIL team titles under head coach and athletic director Beverly Humphrey. Last year they tied with Fort Bend Marshall on 46 points to share the glory.

This year, it wasn’t meant to be. As usual, Lancaster fulfills the requirements of all three relay teams and that’s usually the key to the trophy, because the relay scores double points. But they also only qualified one individual player, and he didn’t score. The more balanced firepower of Marshall (75 points) and DFW rivals Mansfield Timberview (61) leaves Lancaster in third (52).

But Lancaster still uphold their reputation as masters of the track, taking home two more relay titles. Lancaster won the 4×200 meters relay in 1 minute, 37.36 seconds just beat Marshall placing them eighth on the national list. Lancaster did it again in 4×400, giving Marshall another event loss clocking 3:46.63 (Lancaster ran 3:45.64 earlier this season, placing them in 10th place nationally).

Timberview got their own relay win, taking 4×100 at 45.97, which not only won them their gold medal but also put them number six on the national roster. Lancaster placed third at 46.52.

Humphrey said he left UIL knowing it was not up to their usual standards but Lancaster’s standards are much higher than most other schools.

“Losing is part of winning,” said Humphrey. “If you win gracefully, you lose gracefully.

“We know that we don’t qualify for enough points here to have a real chance of winning. So the goal is to come and compete and do the best we can in the events we qualify for. And we will take 36 relay championships [across Lancaster’s history] along with it. Go home happy. We will take this and we will be proud of it.

“Twenty years [Lancaster girls have] being in the top three, you can’t keep complaining about that.”

Going to the final event, the Lancaster boys do have a slim hope of winning the team championship but again, Fort Bend Marshall stands in the way.

Marshall leads the team on points, but Lancaster lurks in third. If the Lancaster stick runners can score seven more points than Marshall, they’ll jump ahead of them.

However, they got the opposite result from what they wanted Marshall took the win at 3:14.60, while Lancaster came home fifth at 3:21.82.

The final team points tally is Marshall 64 in first with Lancaster in second with 42.

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