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2013-03-21 / Sports

Lexington Track Meet this Thurs. and Fri.

by Mike Organ

Lexington will host its annual track meet this week. The inaugural meet was held in 1976 when Lexington had only one of a few all weather tracks. The first couple of meets were called the Eaglympics, since ’76 was an Olympic year. The first track meet had 39 teams competing. The meet was Lexington’s first meet, and it ran extremely long.

There have been several future stars that competed on the Lexington track. The top performer was probably Eric Dickerson of Sealy, who ran a 9.5 100-yard dash. Willis Mackey, of Luling, competed here before going on to Texas and the University of Washington. In the 100-yard dash won by Dickerson, the seventh place runner posted a 9.9. Lexington’s Earl Cooper ran several races here, in addition to throwing the shot put over 55’. That same track meet had 39 entrants in the state meet that year, which included Lexington’s sprint relay, Cooper in the 400, and Rodney Wren in the 800.

With all this history, you need to come out and watch the athletes, because you never know just who will become a major star.

The high school meet will start at 3:30 Thursday, and the Junior High meet will start on Friday at the same time.

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