Boys’ and girls’ track and field set new personal, school records


Benny He

Hooper-Price pushes off the starting bloc at the beginning of his race.

Nina Varma and Keval Shah

Over spring break, both boys’ and girls’ track and field dominated their meet at Texas Southern University, breaking several school records and setting new personal times.

The TSU relays is an annual meet that features some of the top high school and collegiate track and field programs in the country. While the Mavericks faced elite competition which included both public and private high schools across multiple districts, they were able to meet and excel many personal bests.

Senior Genson Hooper-Price broke his own 400-meter record and won the event with a 47.24 time. Junior Douglas Parsley also ran his season best at 1:58.94, scoring second place overall in the 800 meters.

Senior Lethan Hampton, Parsley, junior Aloye Oshotse and Hooper-Price competed in a 4×400 team. The group finished seventh out of 14 with a time of 3:21.43. Their time not only stood out amongst the state but ranked as the second fastest time in all of SJS history.

“TSU relays gives us the chance to really test ourselves against the best in the state and get some fast times before SPC,” Parsley said.

In the field events, August Windham won the CL Hanna Dickinson Relays pole vault with a personal best of 14’6″ earlier in the week.

In addition to the TSU relays, the Mavericks also competed at the Rice Victor Lopez Classic Meet, on March 21-23. The meet produced many season bests such as the girls’ “4×400 team, comprised of junior Mira Thakur, senior Ciela Stark, freshman Hannah Garrou and senior Shelby Desroches, which ran a combined 4:09.16.” Girl’s captain Elizabeth McNeely also ran a season best in the 100-meter hurdles.

“The results that were produced show us what we can achieve if we put in hard work,” McNeely said. “From this, we become more hungry to run faster times and throw farther distances than we could have ever imagined.”

On the boys’ team, Hooper-Price ran a school record 21.25 in the 200-meter dash final in which he won silver. Parsley also ran a school record in the 800, 1:56.08.

“It felt amazing,” Parsley said. “I finally was able to achieve a goal that I had been dreaming of doing for the past year. Once I crossed the finish line, it felt like a huge burden had been lifted off my shoulders, and I was able to relax and enjoy the moment.”