STEPHENVILLE—The 2017 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will take place on Wednesday, March 29 through Saturday, April 1 at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Tarleton has 4 athletes selected to compete at the 90th annual meet. "All four have earned the right to compete, "said head coach Pat Ponder. "I know they will represent Tarleton State in a first class manner."
The 90th running of the meet will be the largest in its history with more than 7,700 athletes accepted into the meet. Nearly 800 high school teams will journey to Austin for the meet and just under 200 college teams will face off in what is expected to be another one of the top meets in the country this year.
Last year's meet ranked as the 13th best multi-day meet in the world according to statistical analysis by The meet has again drawn a strong contingent from the state of Texas but has also brought in athletes from around the globe. A total of 17 countries are represented in the entries and 37 states within the U.S.
Last year's meet saw a total of 7,519 athletes from 32 states and 20 countries compete. This year the total number of athletes, reaches 7,740 to make 2017 the largest Texas Relays in history.
Tarleton Athletes:
Women (2)
400-meter hurdles – Kara Bickham, Arianna Stegall
Men (2)
High Jump – Rascellis Williams
Shot Put – Zachary Pratt
The Relays get underway at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the beginning of the two-day multi-events.
Thursday's action will highlight several of the distance disciplines, including the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and the steeplechase events across both the High School and University/College divisions.
The Friday evening session will showcase some of the non-traditional outdoor relay events with the sprint medley and distance medley for the High School and University/College levels. Several other premier High School events will be featured on Friday night, including the 1,600 meters, 4x400-meter relay and 300m hurdles.

Saturday will kick off at 8:15 a.m. with the High School 3,200-meter races. The Saturday portion of the High School 4x100-meter relay events will lead into an exciting, action-packed day. The Men's Elite Pole Vault competition is set for 1:45 p.m. and will feature multiple Olympians, including the Canadian and NCAA record holder Shawn Barber.