Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 27, 2013

Doug Jordan Relays to bring stellar field to Rusk

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK — In addition to attracting the top track and field squads from Cherokee County, this year's Doug Jordan Relays has also garnered participation from several of the area's more noteworthy Class 3A and 2A teams.

The Doug Jordan Relays, the counties premier track and field competition, will get under with at 3:30 p.m. Thursday when the field events open up at Eagle Stadium on the Rusk High School campus.

In addition to the host Eagle/Lady Eagle units, boys and girls teams from Jacksonville and Bullard will battle head-to-head for the first time this year and for county bragging rights as well.

Added to that mix will be contingents from Carthage, Mexia and Tatum, three schools who year-in, year-out are very competitive in track and field.

Also expected are Madisonville and Elkhart.

The Jacksonville boys will enter the meet fresh off a third place finish at the the Palestine Dogwood Relays last week. Rusk came in fifth in that meet.

Jacksonville and Rusk finished second and fifth, respectively, in the varsity girls division of the Dogwood Relays.

Alto will be a noticeable defection this year. The Yellowjackets opted to take part in the Garrison Relays, which also is scheduled for Thursday, instead.