Early Outdoor Season Update

Thanks to the inclement weather, we have off of school today, so it’s a good time to look at the early outdoor season in Texas.  So far, quite a few impressive marks – considering it’s mid-February.

Meia Gordon of Cypress Creek leads the throws with a 150 disc and 47-10 shot.  Texas City’s Asa Garcia has a 40-06.50 triple jump to her credit.  Taylor Bennett of Klein Collins has raced to a 55.64 400, while Allysha Davis of San Antonio Reagan has an 11.78 100.  Converse Judson’s Kiana Horton has an impressive early-season 200 time at 24.14, and Julie Heymach of Houston Lamar has a fantastic 1600 time of 4:51.47.

Desoto girls lead the 4×1 at 46.8, while Cypress Springs and Fort Bend Hightower lead the 4×2 and 4×4 respectively at 1:39.56 and 3:48.69.  Ellyana Long of the Woodlands leads the high jump at 5-9.50 while Justice Henderson of Pasadena Dobie leads the long jump at 18-10.75.  Zoe McKinley of Grapevine leads the outdoor pole vault at 12-0.

The 100 hurdles are led by Desoto’s Alexis Duncan at 13.97, and the 300s by LaCarol Baynes of Cypress Lakes – 42.83.

Equally impressive early-season results have come in on the Boy’s side with Brett Winnegan of Pearland Dawson leading the way:  25-01.50 long jump.  Cy-Fair’s Austin Deculus has a 183-1 disc to his credit, and Adrian Piperi of The Woodlands leads the shot at 61-8.  Paulo Benavides of El Paso Franklin leads the outdoor pole vault at 17-6.50.  [He’s the national indoor record holder and will have a great battle with China Spring’s Brandon Bray for much of the season.]  Brandon Rivera of Edinburg Vela has the best high jump thus far at 6-8, and Coppell’s Marcus Mitchell has the early triple jump lead at 48-05.

Fort Bend Marshall owns the 4×1 and 4×2 (41.37 / 1:27.14) while Duncanville is tops in the 4×4 at 3:16.55.  In the hurdles, Amere Lattin of Fort Bend Marshall rules the 110s at 14.29 while Dewitt Thomas of Kingwood has the 300s at 37.84h.

The individual running events fall into line this way:

100 – Andrew Hudson of Schertz Steele – 10.44h

200 – Obi Igbokwe of The Woodlands – 21.10

400 – Myles Marshall of Kingwood – 47.64h

800 – Michael Johnson of San Elizario – 1:55.47

1600 – Pedro Nasta of The John Cooper School – 4:21.39

3200 – Nathan Gift of Katy Cinco Ranch – 9:29.00

A multitude of great performances at the collegiate level are highlighted by Stephen F. Austin’s sweep of the Southland Indoor titles.  In the SWAC, the Texas Southern Men capture first while the TSU finish in 2nd place.  The Indoor Nationals are coming up in Fayetteville, and we’ll be there with live reports, pictures, tweets, and video.

So – while the weather may finally be frightful, it’s good to know that early-season returns are excellent; should make for a fantastic outdoor season!


Sponsors of the 10th Annual Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas

The Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas – Texas’ leading educational track & field clinic – owes a great deal of thanks to not only the coaches who attend each year, but also to the Sponsors who give of their time and energy for the 2-day event. This year’s lineup is outstanding, with track & field-related companies from various avenues.
Athletic Edge Chiropractic
Blue Moose Tees
BoomerJack Wings [proud sponsor of the Hall of Fame and Coaches of the Year awards.]
Coaches Choice
D&L Trophies
Fan Cloth
Flash Timing
GTM Sportswear
M-F Athletic
Promats Athletics
Texas Regional Paralympic Sports
Traction by Connor
VS Athletics
World’s Fastest Humans

Coaches – there’s still plenty of time to register for this year’s clinic! Go to http://www.ttfca.com and find a registration form and itinerary on the home page as well as the clinic page. Visit all of the wonderful companies listed above, and take care of what you need for the 2014 track & field season. Earn 15 CPE hours of professional credit. Come meet old friends and make plenty of new ones.

Pro Mats Athletics will be at the T&F Coaches Clinic of Texas

Promats® Athletics is a custom manufacturer of gym wall padding, field wall padding, backstop padding, stadium padding and athletic mat products located in North Carolina. For over 25 years, Promats® has designed, manufactured, and installed protective padding products for thousands of gyms, schools, recreational facilities, major stadiums and arenas throughout the the world.

Promats® offers custom wall padding, digital graphics, pole and column padding, protective field wall padding, dasher board padding, wind screening, tumbling mats, aerobics mats, gymnastics mats, wrestling mats, high jump and pole vault landing pits, weight room flooring, and protective padding of all kinds.

Company Mission Statement:

Promats’® mission is to continue to enhance its position as the nation’s leading supplier in the athletic padding industry. Our focus is to serve the risk management and athletic equipment needs of professional athletic teams and facilities, schools at all levels, and recreational / athletic facilities in general. We recognize that the successful accomplishment of our company objectives and goals can only take place by understanding and balancing the needs of our key stakeholders.

We believe that our central objective is to understand and direct company resources to meet the needs of our customers. Superior quality products, outstanding customer service and customization to meet the specific needs of each customer, will form the foundation on which we compete in the marketplace.
We believe in the concept of self managed employees and realize that our company will grow and prosper only if our employees contribute their ideas, concerns, creativity, and energies to continually improve our products, processes, and customer service. We will provide an atmosphere in which the employee is treated with both trust and respect. Our employees will be encouraged to pursue personal and corporate goals through additional training, education and experience.
We are dedicated to financial growth and economic value for our stockholders by providing competitive returns on investment. Our intent is to operate the company in a profitable and efficient manner necessary to provide the financial means for the company to meet its financial goals and the objectives of all investors.
We understand that we are a small part of a larger environment which includes local, regional, national, and world issues. Our corporate goals and objectives will be consistent with community, social, and environmental concerns.
We believe our suppliers to be our partners in the ultimate goal to provide value to our customers and will work to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship.
(information from company website)


Blue Moose Tees will be at the Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas

Blue Moose Tees, the newest member of the B&E Industries family, was created to serve our client’s school spirit apparel and product needs. Schools have told us for years about needing a simple, dependable and low cost solution to acquire their spirit wear. We have filled that void in the marketplace with Blue Moose Tees. For almost 20 years, B&E through its divisions, Sports Promotion Network, Spirit Stop, Primetime Advertising and Athletic Sports Group, have produced spirit items for over 9,000 high schools annually across the United States making B&E one of the oldest and largest high school spirit item providers printing more than 5 million spirit and apparel products in 2007 alone!

Blue Moose Tees may be a new brand, but its not three guys in a garage printing shirts or a web site selling for a third party.

The Moose lives in an 80,000 sq. ft. state of the art production facility with customer service representatives, art staff, print staff and inventory brought together under one roof to serve your spirit wear needs.

At B&E, Blue Moose Tees’ parent Company, our 300 employees take great pride in guaranteeing our customer’s satisfaction. Blue Moose offers a large selection of apparel, best in class graphic design and world class customer service at unbeatable prices. The Moose is Loose! How can we serve your spirit apparel needs?
(information from Blue Moose Tees website)

Contact Blue Moose
8:00AM to 4:30PM CST


GTM Sportswear will be at the Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas

At GTM Sportswear, we understand coaching and what it takes to be a team…


As a coach, you are part of a deep-rooted tradition, sharing your passion for the sport and creating lasting memories for young athletes. You spend countless hours prepping your team for the moments that count. As a role model, you lead your team through challenges and celebrate with them after victory. At GTM Sportswear, we share your passion for your sport. We’ve been working with teams for nearly 25 years.


We work hard to ensure you get the dependable apparel your team needs, when they need it and at just the right price.


At GTM, our mission is to “Make it Personal” for our customers. Let our experienced sales team work with you one-on-one to create the custom team look you want for any sport or any season.

It’s your team and in the pursuit of success, no detail can be overlooked. It’s never been easier with GTM.

About GTM

GTM Sportswear is a national provider of custom-embellished uniforms, warm-ups and practice apparel for college, school and club sports teams. Headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas, GTM employs nearly 900 team members, including a nationwide sales team, inside support team and an in-house production facility. Known for exceptional customer service, great quality apparel and fast turnaround, GTM has outfitted over 1.1 million teams since 1989.
{information from GTM’s website}
For more information about GTM, go to http://www.gtmsportswear.com
For more information about the Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas, go to http://www.ttfca.com


M-F Athletic will be at the Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas – January 10-11, 2014

About M-F Athletic /
Everything Track & Field

Bill Falk established M-F Athletic Co. in 1960 when he developed the M-F Heel Protector (Plastic Heel Cup), a device that covers the athlete’s heel area and is worn like a cup inside shoes.

It is still used very effectively to absorb blows to the heel.

He started a Track & Field catalog in 1968. As years passed, the M-F Track & Field catalog became the leader in its field. Today, M-F’s logo, “Everything Track & Field,” stands for the largest selection of equipment and the best service in the industry.

The company stocks a huge inventory of all major brands and offers same day service on Track & Field equipment. Customers are invited to call the 1-888-556-7464 phone to talk about track and to receive up-to-the-minute information about equipment, rules and techniques.

Bill’s son, Eric Falk, runs the every day operation of the company while Mark Strawderman, a 3x All-American in the Pole Vault, heads the Track & Field division.

To Contact M-F Athletic, call 888-556-7464 or visit its website at http://www.everythingtrackandfield.com {information taken from M-F Athletic website}

For more information on the Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas, visit the homepage of the TTFCA website at http://www.ttfca.com


2014 TTFCA 5th Annual Hall of Fame Class

At this year’s Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas (January 10-11, 2014), the 5th Annual TTFCA Hall of Fame class will be inducted. The new 7-member class includes:
Chester Bradley
A graduate of Dallas Highland Park and the University of Texas, Chester Bradley has been involved in track & field for most of his life. Privileged to have run for Clyde Littlefield at UT, Bradley has returned to his alma mater as a Texas Relays official for the past 57 years and has also worked the UIL State Championships for the past 20.
His track and field officiating resume includes: the 1984 and 1996 Olympic Games, the 1993 World University Games, the 1992 Goodwill Games, the 1974 USA vs. USSR Junior Meet, the 1980 USA vs. USSR Indoor Meet, 11 NCAA D-I Outdoor Championships, 4 NCAA D-II Outdoor Championships, 5 NCAA D-I & D-II Indoor Championships, 4 NAIA Outdoor Championships, 10 USATF Outdoor and 6 USATF Indoor Championships, 6 US Olympic Trials, 7 USATF Junior National Outdoor Championships, and a variety of high school, college and all-comers meets around the state.
Bradley, serves as a member of the National Officials Committee of USA Track & Field, and in 2007, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Track & Field Officials USATF Hall of Fame.

Leroy Burrell
In the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, Burrell, Carl Lewis, Mike Marsh, and Dennis Mitchell set a world record in the 4×1 with a gold-winning time of 37.40. While at the University of Houston, Burrell broke the freshman long jump record held by Lewis when he “leaped 26’ 9” at a dual meet against UCLA in 1986.” In 1989, he “won the NCAA Indoor Long Jump Championships with a leap of 26’ 5.50” and set the “NCAA outdoor meet record with a personal best jump of 27’ 5.50.” At the USA Outdoor Championships, he won the 100 in 9.94, then the fastest time ever by a collegian.
In 1990, Burrell received the Jumbo Elliott Award as the nation’s top collegiate track and field athlete after winning the 100 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships and the 100/200 at the SWC Outdoor Championships. In 1990 and 1991, he was ranked as the world’s top sprinter – he won 19 of 22 100-meter races.
Entering his 15th year at the helm of the University of Houston track & field program, Burrell has been named the Conference USA Coach of the Year “a combined 16 times after guiding his men’s team to 10-C USA indoor and outdoor championships and the women’s team to nine titles.”

Jon Drummond
Dubbed the Clown Prince of Track & Field, Drummond guided the 2012 US Olympic Relays teams to spectacular success. The men’s 4×100 relay team equaled the existing world while the women’s team won and crushed the world record, knocking more than a half a second off the record that had stood for more than a quarter of a century.
An Olympic Gold (Sydney, 2000) and Silver Medalist (Atlanta, 1996) and 3-time World Champion, Drummond is now the head coach at Arlington Grace Prep Academy as well as the founder of “Speed Technique Agility Reaction Training, LLC (START), and since its inception in 2004, Jon has successfully reared athletes to high school state championship titles, elite athletes to World Championship titles and US Olympic teams in track and field, football prospects to NFL teams, and members of the US Olympic Speed Skating Team as they prepared for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.”

Carlette Guidry
One of the all-time great athletes in University of Texas sports history, Guidry-White, a Houston native, earned All-America honors 23 times during her collegiate career from 1987 through 1991. She was a 12-time NCAA Champion and a 17-time Southwest Conference Champion in sprints and relays for the Longhorns. As a senior, she earned the Honda Award as National Track & Field Athlete of the Year and received the Babe Zaharias Award as the nation’s top female athlete. She was named the Southwest Conference’s Female Track Athlete of the 1980’s. She was also honored among the Indoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Student-Athletes in Honor Of the 25th Anniversary of NCAA Women’s Championships.
Guidry participated in both the 1992 (Barcelona) and 1996 (Atlanta) Summer Olympics, winning gold medals as a member of the US 400-meter relay team. In 2000, she was inducted into the Inaugural Class of the prestigious UT Women’s Athletic Hall of Honor, and in 2011, she was recognized at Texas Relays.

Fred Newhouse
A graduate of Gaililee High School in Hallsville and current resident of Houston, Newhouse was a three-time All-American and NAIA Champion at Prairie View A&M University.
In the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Newhouse captured silver and gold medals – 44.40 in the 400 and as part of the 4×400 respectively. In 2000, Newhouse was appointed Team Leader for the United States Men’s Track & Field team that competed in the Sydney Olympic Games. In addition to his work as Director of Public Affairs for Valero Energy’s regional refining operations, Newhouse also helped to found the Northwest Flyers Track Club in Houston.
Newhouse has served on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic Committee and USATF. For the past 11 years, he has also added referee to his resume, working NCAA D-I Indoor and Outdoor Championships, USATF Outdoor Championships, Texas Relays, and the UIL State Championships.

Sammy Walker
According to the Sammy Walker’s BBQ homepage, “A born Texan, Sammy Walker lives large in everything he does. His athletic feats include a history as an Olympian and title as one of the strongest men in the world in the 1970’s. An All-American athlete during his tenure at Southern Methodist University, Sammy was also a record-holding shot-putter in high school. His professional life as an athlete over the course of a decade was derailed when the Olympics were boycotted in 1980.”
Walker’s achievements include:
• 1966-68 High School Shot Put Titles
• Set National and World High School Shot Put Record at 72-03.25 in 1968
• Broke High School Shot Put Record at Golden West at 61-01.50 in 1968 with a 16lb shot
• 1968 – First High School Athlete depicted on the cover of Track & Field News
• 1976 – 9th in Olympic Weightlifting at Montreal Olympics
• 1977 – National Champion in Weightlifting
• 1976-79 – Ranked in the Top 10 in the World in both Shot and Weightlifting
• 1980 – Fourth and final Olympic Trials, 3rd as a shotputter
• 2002 – Coaching T.A.A.F Summer Track

Randy Yarbrough
Randy Yarbrough, who along with his identical twin brother Rick, attended the University of Texas on track scholarships from 1969-1973, lettering in 1971, 72 and 73. Both ran on the 4×1 school record-setting relay team at the 1973 Kansas Relays.
A graduate of the McCombs School of Business in 1973, Yarbrough started his own consulting business in 2002 and remains active in problem solving and assisting clients in the regulatory environment of the alcoholic beverage industry.
Yarbrough joined the University of Texas Track & Field Officials Association on the advice of his college coach Cleburne Price, who told Randy to pay back to the sport which had helped him obtain his degree. Randy has done so: he served as the President of the Association from 1993 to 1996, and he became the Director of Officials in 2004 with the retirement of Ben Lewis.

For more information, visit http://www.ttfca.com

Standardizing Meet Results – Poll Question Results

“Would you support standardizing the entry of meet results for Texas high schools (in similar manner to colleges), utilizing a service such as Direct Athletics or Athletic.net if cost is not a significant factor?”
With 340 votes tallied, 83% (283) voted in favor of standardizing the entry system, while 17% (57) stated an entry system “does not benefit our sport.”
This poll was conducted prior to the announcement that UIL had signed a 3-year deal with MaxPreps to standardize the entry of results for all sports – team and individual – starting in the Fall.
Although the definitive word has not come down how this process will work, considering the technology, it’s about time.

Poll Question Results

“Do you think the new NCAA proposals allowing coaches to send unlimited texts and social media messages, as well as make unlimited phone calls and send unlimited print materials to a recruit is a good idea or bad idea?”
275 responses:
102 = good idea (37%)
108 = bad idea (39%)
65 = it will not change recruiting (24%)

Here’s the new TTFCA Poll Question:
“Would you support standardizing the entry of meet results for Texas high schools (in similar manner to colleges), utilizing a service such as Direct Athletics or Athletic.net, etc. if cost is not a significant issue?”

Meet Results for the 2013 Texas High School Outdoor Season

While a few meets are in the books from this past weekend, when you send your meet results to ttfca@hotmail.com – if at all possible – please send the information as accurately as humanly possible and in a format easily convertible. Hy-tek if you have or MSWord or an RTF file or even an Excel Spreadsheet – these formats allow for the easiest conversion to tabulate for Top Performance lists.
When possible, please include any of the following information in your email:
*FAT or Handheld timing
*Weather Conditions
*Any records broken
*Any coaching accomplishments

We want our results to be as comprehensive as possible.

Thank you for your time and help