The Permian 4×200 meter relay team has broken the school record in the race multiple times, and also holds the No. 12 fastest time in the nation.
The relay is composed of sophomores Amyra Allen and Maria Jimenez, junior Tyranique Harris and senior Keiausha Williams.
The girls also ran the 4×2 together last season and broke the school record for the first time that year. Since then, they’ve rebroken their own record multiple times, running their fastest time at the district meet a week and a half ago.
That time clocked in 1:38.64, according to Permian’s head track coach Hilberto Ochoa. It placed the team as the twelfth fastest high school 4×2 team in the country.
“It’s amazing. It really is. It just shows how much we’ve put in,” Harris said.
But the team has bigger goals than breaking records and making national rankings: they want to make it to the state meet.
“Getting a relay team, just a relay team to the state championships is huge. It’s hard to do, especially from West Texas out in this area,” Ochoa said.
The team will have to place in the top four teams in the Area meet, then place in the top two in the Regional meet to advance to the state championship meet.
“That’s the goal. To get to state. And I think we will make it there,” Williams said.
Ochoa said there are some technical aspects of the race the team needs to improve on in order to advance that far. He said the team still needs some work on hand-offs, in particular.
Harris also said the team needed to improve on its hand-offs. But she said the team’s chemistry will give them the willpower to run faster.
“I know they want it just as bad as I do.And I know if they want it just as bad as I do, we can make it,” Harris said.
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