The Lewisville High School boys’ mile-relay team qualified for the UIL state track-and-field meet’s marquee event but finished eighth out of nine entrants to drop the curtain on one of the most successful Farmers athletic school years in recent history.

The LHS 4×400 team was actually the last to cross the finish line at the three-day event on Saturday night as ninth-place Alief Taylor was disqualified due to a lane violation. Earlier in the day, mile relay anchor Jadon Johnson finished fifth in the 400-meter dash.

The relay team, consisting of Johnson, Cedrick Dockery, Kwame Mickels and Nekobe Pomaney, finished in 3:20.46, more than two seconds slower than seventh-place finisher Northside Brandeis. DeSoto, who defeated LHS at the Region I-6A meet, was edged by Richmond George Ranch for the state championship in the event, traditionally the last race at the state meet.

Johnson ran the 400 in a time of 47.44, which was .01 seconds slower than fourth-place finisher Matthew Boling of Houston Strake Jesuit. George Ranch’s Champion Allison won the 400, clocking a time of 45.87.

With the track and field season complete, the only athletic endeavor left on the LHS calendar is next week’s spring football game. Johnson and the relay team’s finish in Austin capped a successful school year for Farmer athletes.

The boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ soccer, softball and baseball teams all made the postseason playoffs, with the soccer team advancing to the region semifinals. Individually, Kara Eisenmann qualified for her fourth trip to the state swimming championships.

Even the cheerleading squad took time away from cheering on Farmer teams to capture the UIL large coed spirit state title.

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