DeSoto Girls Track Sets National Record

Photo by VYPE Media's Bradley Collier.


Anything’s possible at a track meet, especially when the top athletes in Texas are competing at the annual UIL state event. DeSoto girls track made the most of its 2019 trip to Austin by setting a national record in the 4X100 meter relay.

JaEra Griffin, Jayla Hollis, Taylor Armstrong and Rosaline Effiong combined for a 44.24 second time, which surpassed their previous 44.44 second record at regionals. Long Beach Polytechnic’s 2004 time of 44.50 seconds was the national mark until this season.

“It feels amazing,” Armstrong said of the achievement. “I knew I had to run as fast as I can to give [Effiong] an opportunity to get the stick in.”

Armstrong, who was joined by Effiong in the interview, knew all four of the Eagles’ runners contributed a quarter of the team win, but she also recognized Hollis’ experience in the hurdle of the same distance helped them prevail.

“It feels good cause all the hard work has paid off,” said Armstrong.

Video highlight by Josh Koch.

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