Traneisha Allen has a good idea of how to put together successful high school relay units
Traneisha Allen has a good idea of how to put together successful high school relay units.
The Aldine Davis High School head girls’ track and field coach ran relays at Worthing High School under highly-regarded coach Porter Robinson. Allen went on to compete collegiately at Prairie View A&M University.
Last year Allen had the Davis girls on the cusp of earning both regional and state meet berths in the program’s first year of varsity competition. In 2016 Aldine Davis is again serving notice that the girls’ varsity track program is a force to be reckoned with not only now but in the foreseeable future.
At the Dave Bethany Relays Davis posted some of the best times in the Houston area in all three relays, including 4x100 (46.98), 4x200 (1:37.30) and the 4x400 (3:53.00). Under windy conditions at the ultra competitive Texas Southern Relays, Davis ranked among the top schools in the 4x100 (48.17) and 4x200 (1:42.41) while slipping to seventh place in the mile relay (4:07.46).
“Region III-6A is extremely tough to get out of,” Allen said. “We’re in the hottest division of the hottest region hands down. When we get out of our district meet we run directly into the Cy-Fair school district for the area meet. After the area meet we run into Cy-Fair, Alief and Fort Bend at the regional meet.
“There is no let-up. It’s extremely hot. If you make it out of Region III, you’re literally running yourself out of the region,” Allen said. “We have no room for error at the area meet, the regional meet or the state meet.”
Allen lost two seniors to graduation a year ago. Two key returning members include junior sprinters Shauntezz Marie Austin (100, 200, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400) and Kenaysia Dixon (200, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400). “Both of them bring back a lot of speed and they’re getting stronger,” Allen said.
“I’ve kind of put them through a wringer this year and as a result both of them are more mature and more focused,” Allen said. “They’ve taken that step to become the leaders on the team.”
Other key members of the Davis relay foursomes include sophomore Mikayla McLaughlin (100, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400), Evette Griffin (200, 4x200, 4x400), Mya Lloyd (4x100, 4x400) and Tesha Lane (400, 4x400).
“McLaughlin won the 200-meter dash for our junior varsity at the district meet last year so she’s definitely a standout up-and-comer,” Allen said. “She’s got a great work ethic and never complains. She’s taken over the role of one of the seniors that we lost and just rolling with it.”
Allen said she’s looking for certain traits in student-athletes when assembling her relays.
“First and foremost I’m looking for kids with leadership skills and obviously blessed with speed,” Allen said. “They have to be able to deal with the pressure of competing against other good teams. They have to be willing to put the work in to get better.
“Right now everybody is healthy and continuing to P.R. which is great,” Allen said. “We’re working on the technicalities as we approach the district meet.”