Munday has eyes on mile relay recordZach Duncan
Roddrick Taylor (front) and Trey Stinnett are two of Munday’s mile relay legs looking to break the Class A record Saturday. Stinnett’s uncle, Anthony, ran on the 1988 Munday team that set the record. Terry Messer/ Special to the Times Record News
Munday takes the mile relay very seriously.
Coach Ronny Lowrance calls it the foundation of his thriving track program. It has been that way since Lowrance was a student at the school.
The Moguls have captured six state track championships in their vaunted history. In each of those title runs, Munday won a gold medal in the mile relay.
Munday’s first championship came in 1985, with Todd Thompson closing the race out as the anchor leg. Thompson later became an All-American at Baylor, running with Michael Johnson on a mile relay that won an NCAA title.
The Collier twins helped deliver three Class A championship teams from 1988-1991. The Oklahoma-bound football players ran legs on the mile relay on all three occasions.
Twenty-five years ago, Terry and Perry Collier, Trey Thompson and Anthony Stinnett set a Class A record in the mile relay of 3:18.14 that still stands to this day.
If this superb senior class at Munday has its way, that record will fall Saturday afternoon.
After the Moguls sliced off a couple more seconds at regionals two weeks ago and ran a 3:20.93, Dee Paul thought he, Roddrick Taylor, Trey Stinnett and Garrett Weaver took the next step in trying to rewrite history.
“It’s personal. When we get with them, they always say we aren’t going to break it and we say we are,” Paul said. “I think we just sent out a message.”
Munday’s athletes give off the impression that they’re tired of hearing about how the 1988 quartet still holds the record. Thompson is the only one living in town, but bragging rights are maintained across the country through social media.
If the past two Class A boys mile relays are any indication, Munday is likely to be involved in some kind of dramatic ending at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
In 2011, the Moguls and Collinsville were tied for first heading into the event’s final race. The Pirates had a lead with one lap remaining, but a botched handoff gave Munday an opening it seized to win.
Munday already had its sixth state title wrapped up last year, but there was still drama as Shiner held a sizable lead after a fast first leg. However, Paul ran down the anchor, erasing the 25-meter deficit before the final straightaway.
Lowrance noted that Munday’s recent regional showing in Abilene came without the Moguls being pushed and with Taylor running the opening leg for the first time.
“Our first and third legs, that’s where the time has got to come off,” Lowrance said of Taylor and Weaver. “I’d like to have the race for the team title wrapped up by then so we can just run for the record.”
Saturday’s mile relay probably won’t determine the Class A winner like it did two years ago. Munday should have its third consecutive state championship clinched before that.
And if the Moguls win but can’t crack the record, there’s nothing to be disappointed about.
But for a group who has already rewritten the record books, won a state football championship at Cowboys Stadium and played for another, eclipsing the school’s most hallowed record would be the fitting way for these Moguls to go out.