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The Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays are an annual track and field competition held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. The University of Texas serves as host for the event, held on either the first or second weekend of April. In 1977, electronic timing was introduced at the Relays, and Olympic gold medalist and Texas Longhorns football player John Wesley Jones recorded a time of 9.85 seconds in the 100 meter dash. This would have set a world record, but it was determined that the timer malfunctioned, and the time was unofficial. The Texas Relays are currently the second largest track meet in the United States, behind only the Penn Relays. Today, approximately 50,000 spectators and 5,000 athletes attend the events.

The Eddie Payne-Carter Shootout, named after the former longtime Carter track coach attracts a lot of track stars from around the state. Once held at the Sprague Field Complex, preliminaries and field events are now held at the Jesse Owens Athletic Complex. Teams competing in the Eddie Payne-Carter Shootout in this era include Carter, Skyline, Mansfield Timberview, DeSoto, Mesquite Horn, Richardson, Lincoln, Arlington Sam Houston, Arlington Seguin, Samuell, South Oak Cliff, Bryan Adams, Conrad, Molina and Forth Worth schools O.D. Wyatt, Dunbar and Trimble Tech just to name a few.

According to the University Interscholastic League, Dallas Carter has won four State Championships in track and field. The first championship was won during the 1983-1984 5-A Track & Field season. Joe Taulton was the student athlete who scored a 23' 9.75" in the boys Pole Vault. Kim Walker was the student athlete who scored a 24.20 in the girls 200 Meter Dash. The Dallas Carter girls team overall scored a 38 giving them a tie score with Alief Elsik making them the 1983-1984 State Champions.

The second championship was won during the 1987-1988 5-A Track & Field season. The girls scored a 46.50 in the 400 Meter Relay. They also scored a 01:38.00 in the 800 Meter Relay. Shantell Grant scored a 19' 1 in the Long Jump. Dallas Carter girls overall scored 76 making them the 1987-1988 State Champions.

The third championship was won during the 1992-1993, 5-A Track & Field season. The girls scored a 01:36.70 in the 800 Meter Relay. Dallas Carter girls overall scored 76 making them the 1992-1993 State Champions.

The fourth championship was won during the 1994-1995, 5-A Track & Field season. The girls scored a 03:46.13 in the 1600 Meter Relay.  They also scored a 45.74 in the 400 Meter Relay. Dallas Carter girls overall scored 84 making them the 1994-1995 State Champions.

Dallas Carter Track History