The Munday Moguls know there's a target on their backs.
"We like that pressure. We know we're going to get pushed," junior Dee Paul said. "We love to compete. We don't care whose it's against."
Munday won the 2011 Class A Boys' State Championship by 51 one-hundredths of a second. The Moguls' 4x400m relay team edged out Collinsville to claim to title 60-56. Both teams entered the 17th and final event of the meet tied at 40 points.
Last year, that was the lone Mogul relay team at state. This year, the relays will lead the way, with teams in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m races.
Junior Garrett Weaver and senior D.J. Castorena, both members of last year's lone relay team, will run in all three.
"I'm real excited. I want to leave already," Weaver said.
Paul will run anchor for the 4x100m and 4x400m teams. The junior will be busy, also defending his gold medal in the 300m hurdles and competing in the long jump.
"It's kind of a reunion for us, Munday Moguls had a history in Austin," he said. "Our goals are to win, just like they were last year.
Along with running the first leg in all three relays, Weaver will join Paul in the long jump competition. Junior Roddrick Taylor will run the third leg of the 4x200m, while senior Jake Meyers will run the second leg of the 4x400m. Junior Trey Stinnett, a newcomer to the state meet, will run the second leg in the 4x100m and run anchor in the 4x200m.
"It's kind of a tunnel vision. All you see is your teammate right ahead of you," Stinnett said about running the 4x100m. "It's a weird feeling, but I kind of like it. It feels like I'm in power."
Stinnett will also compete in the triple jump, hoping to duplicate Paul's gold medal performance from last year.
Dee Paul's older brother Blanford will compete in a pair of field events, the shot put and discus. Teammates L.J. Collier (discus) and Tyrone Neskorik (shot put) will join Paul is those pair of events. Ryder Cude rounds out the Mogul field athletes, competing in the pole vault.
Overall, Munday will compete in four of 11 running events and five of six field events. That's the same amount of events as the 2011 team, but Munday will have multiple competitors in three field events this year.
"Most of our kids were down there last year," head coach Ronny Lowrance said. "The ones that have been there are really helping them (the first timers) out."
Lowrance has been explaining the logistics of the state meet to his newcomers, what to expect, when to be where, where to be when, etc.
"It's going to be really loud," Stinnett said that's what teammates are telling him.
"It's (the experience) going to be a big help," Weaver said. "We're not going to be as nervous as last year."
Munday will compete in the first (pole vault on Friday at 9:00 a.m.) and last event of the state meet (4x400m relay on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.).