|After redo, Shead takes second in 100
The Palestine Herald
By SCOTT TYLER
Cayuga’s Traylon Shead got a ‘do over’ and he took full advantage of it.
In a controversial decision to rerun the Class A-Region III 100-meter dash at Palestine’s Wildcat Stadium Saturday afternoon, Shead finished second and qualified for the state track meet in Austin.
“It is a good feeling to make it to state,” Shead said.
The state track meet will be held at Meyers Stadium on the University of Texas campus on June 5 and 6.
The controversy Saturday for the 100 started when track officials decided to run the race while Palestine was being hit with a severe thunderstorm.
Through the pelting rain and high winds, the race started and Shead slipped out of his blocks and ended up finishing fourth.
According to Cayuga head coach Tommy Allison, track rules state that if a player slips in the blocks, the race is suppose to be stopped and restarted.
Immediately after the race, track officials suspended the meet for the rain and lightning. During the delay, track officials met to talk about possibly redoing the 100.
After placing a phone call to the University Interscholastic League offices, it was decided to rerun the girls and boys 100.
“All I was thinking about was slipping out of the blocks,” Shead said. “I am glad they decided to make us run again.”
In the redo, Shead got out of the blocks quickly and it became a three-man race down the stretch with Tenaha’s Marlon McClure winning the race and Shead taking second.
“Traylon had a great start out of the blocks and when that happens, he usually has a great race,” Allison said.
Shead also ran in the 200 Saturday, finishing fourth in the finals.
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