Jordan Byrd didn’t get everything he wanted at the Class 4A-6A boys state high school state track meet Saturday, but he sure came close.
Byrd, the junior speedster from Manzano High School, put on dazzling performances in winning the 6A 100- and 200-meter sprints. He also helped the Monarchs win the 800-meter relay and finish second in the 400 relay.
The only thing missing? A state record.
Thanks at least in part to a gusty headwind, Byrd fell narrowly short of the Class 6A marks in his individual races. In winning his third consecutive 100 championship, he finished in 10.58 seconds, just off Highland’s Bobby Newcombe’s 10.50 from 1997. Byrd then blazed to a time of 21.31 in the 200, narrowly missing Alejandro Goldston’s 21.19 time set last year for Volcano Vista.
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