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AUSTIN - There is a new dynasty brewing on Buffalo Run.
For years, it was the boys track & field team that was winning title after title. From 2015 to 2019, the Buffs won four crowns in five seasons.
In 2021, it was the girls turn to win their first-ever State Championship, but could they replicate the success over again in 2022 just like the boys have been able to do in year's past?
On Saturday, as the Fort Bend Marshall 4X400-meter relay team crossed the finish line inside Mike A. Meyers Stadium, their 3rd place finish put the finishing touches on back-to-back Class 5A State Championships for the program.
Fort Bend Marshall finished with 75 points and beat out Mansfield Timberview for the overall team title. For Fort Bend Marshall High School as a whole, this is the sixth overall title - including boys and girls - in the past eight years.
The Lady Buffs got the scoring started earlier in the day in the field events with a bronze medal finish by Genesis Griffin in the long jump. She reached 19-feet-4.75-inches.
Then, it was time to run.
Fort Bend Marshall senior Tairah Johnson defended her 2021 State Championship in the 100-meter hurdles winning the race with a time of 13.62. Teammate Desirae Roberts finished fourth with a time of 14.20.
#UILTrack 📽: @FBMarshallTrack senior Tairah Johnson defends her state crown in the 100 meter hurdles. Crosses at 13.62 and makes her Back 2 Back State Champ 🥇 @TTFCA @FBISDAthletics @FortBendISD @MarshallBuffs @MHS_Buffs @KPRC2 @KPRC2RandyMc @HTownHSS @MaxPreps #vypecampus pic.twitter.com/6KPlJ3cTIK— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) May 13, 2022
When the relays came, the Lady Buffs gathered up big points.
In the 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relays, Fort Bend Marshall finished second overall in each race, giving them a whopping 32 points from those silver-medal finishes. In the 4x100, it was Johnson, Cesley Williams, Brittney Green and Janai Williams running a time of 46.26. In the 4x200, it was Green, Johnson, Tyeler Moore and Williams posting a mark of 1:38.05 to take silver.
The Lady Buffs got one point from Cesley in the 400-meter race, where she finished sixth overall (56.66).
#UILState Track: @FBMarshallTrack girls take 2nd in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 46.26 | #vypecampus @FBISDAthletics @FortBendISD @MarshallBuffs @MHS_Buffs @TTFCA @KPRC2 @KPRC2RandyMc @HTownHSS pic.twitter.com/umPjoCRXqm— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) May 13, 2022
HOUSTON – To learn about the winning tradition at Second Baptist School, just take a stroll around the gym on the west Houston campus.
Draped along the wall above the court are white and blue banners honoring every state championship team in program history. On Friday, Second Baptist School added banner number 31 to the décor.
In the middle of Second Baptist School’s annual Flight Night event, the 2021 TAPPS Division II State Champion softball team was honored. In a ceremony between basketball games, the players and coaches stood on the court and watched the unveiling of the newest banner.
The banner honored the team that went 14-5-1 a year ago defeating TMI, John Paul II, Lutheran South Academy, Fort Bend Christian Academy and Grapevine Faith on the way to the program’s first-ever state title.
Director of Athletics Mike Walker shared, “Flight Night is always a special night in the life of our school, but this year's Flight Night was extra special as we hung the thirty-first banner in school history and the first ever for our softball program. This team played with heart, enthusiasm and belief in one another that was incredible. It was great to have the team back together and to recognize them in this way”
Along with the banner, the team was presented with their championship rings, which were created by Uptown Diamond.
Nestled in a felt box, the impressive state ring had SB in blue on the top with State Champions around it. Engraved on one side was Eagles with a softball and two bats crossed and the year 2021 below it. On the other side was the player’s last name with the Second Baptist School Eagle logo. The final touches included First Ever engraved on the bottom of the band.
“It was a special moment for our varsity head coaches to hand out rings, one by one, to our deserving 2021 softball team. I’m sure it’s a moment the team will never forget,” added Mike Walker.
Members of the 2021 team included:
Head Coach: Brandy MardisAssistant Coach: Kelli CagerFirst Base Coach: Jeff Schroeder
No.2 Emma Garcia ‘22No. 3 Ella Ryan ‘23No. 5 Riley Warnicka ‘24No. 7 Julia Savageau ‘22No. 9 Reagan Redick ‘23No. 10 Emily Rogers ‘23No. 11 Caroline Aycock 24No. 12 Leyla Ertan ‘21No. 14 Catherine Clark ‘24No. 15 Rachel Riley ‘21No. 21 Kate Marshall ‘23No. 22 Danielle Diccecco ‘23No. 23 Mackenzie Schmidt ‘24No. 25 Rebecca Sloan ‘22