Corey Dauphine is Port Arthur Memorial's newest "Golden Boy."
Dauphine showed his speed to the rest of the state in winning the Class 5A 200 Meters with a blistering time of 20.76. Second place was not even close with Andrew Hudson from Cibolo Steele finishing at 21.09.
It was no surprise to anyone in the Titans camp that Dauphine brought home the gold. His teammate Kameron Martin predicted the win two hours before the 200 started.
"I know he will get first," Martin said. "I won't be surprised if he sets a record." The Class 5A record in the 200 is 20.24 set by Roy Martin in 1985 for Dallas Roosevelt. Martin also set the national record in 1985 at 20.13.
Saturday belonged to Dauphine. He had earlier raced in the 4x100 relay and the young Titans placed fourth. The 200 gave Dauphine, who is committed to Texas Tech, a chance to reach the medal stand.
"This feels good knowing all the hard work has paid off," Dauphine said. "It hasn't really sank in yet. I really just am a humble guy. I won't smile too much in front of people."
It seemed Dauphine did not get off to the best start. His coach, Darrell Granger, saw something else.
"The guy who started out quicker actually false started in lane seven," Granger said. "When Corey saw that, he knew he had to pick it up and by the time he made the turn and was running standing up, I knew it was over."
Dauphine said he noticed a runner beside him going faster than he expected and it pushed him to go faster.
"I saw him out the corner of my eye and I knew I had to push even more," Dauphine said.
There is one scary part of Dauphine Granger said the rest of the state better be aware of. Dauphine is only a junior.
"Corey doesn't even realize how fast Corey is," Granger said."He has never been fully pushed on the track. The day he is fully push and has serious competition and he flies, look out. I am so happy for him right now."
Daupine had the second-fastest qualifying time heading into state with a time of 21.14.
It was second behind Harker Heights Darius Mitchell who came in with a time of 20.91. Mitchell finished fourth at 21.29, behind third place Jacarias Martin of Katy Morton Ranch who finished at 21.18.
Dauphine said after the 4x100 he was ready for what would be the final sporting event for any competitor at Memorial High School.
"We didn't do too good in the 4x100," Dauphine said. "I want to go strong. It will be the last race of the year and I want to win it all."
The Titans 4x100 relay team was fourth with a time of 40.89. Memorial stuck with the young team of Jacorie Jones, Martin, Quantae Conners and Dauphine in the race.
"Those are young guys with two sophomores and two juniors," Granger said."They will be hard to beat next year."
Martin said he fully expects gold next year.
"Things are going to get real next year," Martin said. "We not only want medals next year, we want the team title."
First place in the 4x100 went to Klein Oaks at 40.47 with second at 40.69 by Killeen. Katy Morton Ranch was third at 40.79.
Tayylor Labrie finished sixth for the Titans, not bad considering this was the first year he participated in track since the seventh grade.
Labrie jumped 22-08.75 Saturday afternoon in a blistering Austin heat.
It was obvious in his face Labrie was disappointed with his jumps but his coach, VerrillYoung, hugged the Memorial senior and showed his appreciation.
Conroe Oak Ridge's Trumaine Jefferson won the event with a mighty leap of 24-01.25.
"It feels great to come out and compete here at state," Labrie said. "It especially feels good knowing its my first year doing track in years.
“I accomplished my goals and it certainly feels better than going home at regionals. Coach Young did an amazing job with me this year. I couldn't ask for a better coach."
Corey Dauphine is Port Arthur Memorial's newest "Golden Boy."
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The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
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