Monte Stratton, winner of 24 conference titles at TCU and Texas-Arlington, coaches Olympian Doc Patton, and is an acknowledged master of coaching the sprint relays. Sprint relay practice should be done at the start of practice when the runners are fresh and in the same type of fatigue level that they will be in at the meet. Technique work should be done when the body is fresh. The first and most important part of the relay is determining who your best curve and straightaway runners are, and putting them in the appropriate places on your relays.
Coach Patton states that all his runners are moved as far back in the acceleration zone as possible…”No games regarding who runs long and short.” The heel placed flat on the track in front of the acceleration triangle so that the judge is clear that the runner is legally ahead of the mark. The runner rolls forward and when the “go” mark is reached, the runner accelerates into full speed, preparing to receive the hand-off.