Marshall boys king of the track

For the third time in four years the Fort Bend Marshall High School boys’ track and field team has claimed a Class 5A state championship.

Marshall’s mile-relay foursome of Devon Achane, Dominick Houston-Shepard, Korey King and Henry Thomas combined to win the gold medal (3:16.47) and earn the 20 points necessary to overhaul Mansfield Legacy (68 to 56) in the team standings.

The Buffalos also won silver medals in the 4X100 (40.35) and 4X200 (1:24.29) relays. Houston-Shepard placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (37.81) and third in the 110-meter hurdles (13.60). Sophomore Bryson Stubblefield came in fifth in the boys’ 5A 100-meter dash.

“I love it. This is for us and our community,” said Marshall coach Lloyd Banks.

“This is amazing. Most teams don’t even win one state title and we’ve been blessed to win three,” Thomas said.

Other meet highlights included Demond Demas of North Forest High School winning the Class 4A state long jump competition with a personal record of 23 feet, 8.50 inches.

“I have a great coaching staff and family to support me,” Demas said.

Kenneth Bodwin of Stafford High School won the 4A boys’ high jump with a leap of six feet, six inches. Navasota’s Ronnie Jackson also cleared 6-6 but took one more attempt and settled for the silver medal.

Nastassja Campbell of New Caney set a Class 5A state meet record in the girls’ pole vault with a gold-medal winning effort of 13 feet, 9 inches.