Local high school graduate sets NCAA record

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Less than a year removed from high school stardom, a Henry County athlete has made a major mark on the collegiate sports scene in record-breaking fashion.

Devin Dixon, bottom right, and his Texas A&M teammates celebrate their NCAA record run in the 4x400-meter relay. Special photo

Eagle’s Landing High School graduate Devin Dixon was a member of the men’s 4x400-meter relay team at Texas A&M which set an NCAA record in that event Jan. 28 at a meet at the University of Arkansas. Their time of 3:02.52 is the fourth-fastest time in history and the fastest ever in the month of January, according to Texas A&M officials. The world record is 3:02.13, set by the U.S. national team in 2014.

Individual splits were 44.96 for Fred Kerley, 46.01 for Richard Rose, 46.25 for Dixon and 45.30 for Mylik Kerley. The leadoff leg by Fred Kerley was the fastest ever recorded indoors, officials said, and it motivated his teammates to go even faster than usual.

“It’s just crazy,” Dixon said after the race. “I didn’t expect to have much energy left after running an 800 earlier. After seeing Fred run a 44 I knew I had to give it my all, everything I have. I couldn’t let him down.”

Dixon made a name for himself in high school via the 800-meter run. He won the GHSA state championship in that event three years in a row while setting a state record. He also won the 400-meter title last season.

Eagle’s Landing has finished in the top 10 at the state track meet the past six years straight and nine of the past 10 seasons.

As of Jan. 30, Texas A&M was ranked fifth in the nation for the current NCAA indoor track and field season. Six of the top nine teams are from the Southeastern Conference, beginning with top-ranked Florida and followed by LSU (third), Arkansas (fourth), Georgia (sixth) and Alabama (ninth).