Two weeks into the cinder season, the tea leaves are beginning to form their patterns, and now the city squads head to either Palvmiew, McAllen or Harlingen for another weekend of work.
As expected, the EHS girls have been solid out of the gate, and appeared at No. 3 in the first release of the Valley Mythicals. The team was paced by Melody Marroquin, who ran second in the quarter and won the 200 at the Stark Relays, and Vianney Sanchez, who was second in the 1600 and 3200. In the Brownsville’s Sams Relays last weekend, Adriana Cruz took second in the quarter.
At the Sams, the Vela girls were the standouts with a third-place team finish for its highest meet showing in program history. Gaby Solis and Renee Garcia came 2-3 in the 110-meter hurdles while Emily Zamora and Aissa Quintana finished third in the shot put and pole vault, respectively. All three relays finished fourth down in Brownsville for the Lady Sabes. At their first meet, the Winter Relays in Pharr two weeks back, the Lady Sabes won the sprint medley relay and the sprint relay team was third; Zamora, the best field event performer from a year ago, was third in the shot put.
The best boys start was by North, as Coach Raul Salas has a strong group of athletes this season. The Coogs sat out the practice meet in late January by design, as Salas wanted another week of repetition and conditioning before unveiling the latest edition. North will have a major pointman in the throws, Gaston Cortina, a state qualifier last season who looks primed to repeat this time around. The distance trio of Aldo Nava, Tristan Pena, and Joshua Doria are off and running with solid finishes in their first meet.
At the Sams, Pena and Doria ran 1-2 in the 1600 while Cortina and football teammate Sebastian Bulos picked up ample points in the throws to pace a fifth-place team finish.
As for Econ, the Jags have gotten good production already from Gus Vazquez, who was first in the triple jump and second in the long jump in the team’s first competition, at Sharyland. Bony Rios ran third in the 300-meter hurdles to aid the effort. Last weekend at Pharr, Rios was second in the short-distance hurdles while Vazquez won the triple and placed No. 2 in the long. Edgar Vazquez contributed a winning race in the 300-meter hurdles.
For the Lady Jags, Monique Rodriguez has been an early star, and at the Indian Nations Relays at Donna last weekend she was second in the triple jump and fourth in the high. The team’s 800-meter relay crew came third.
The Vela boys were at the Winter Relays prior to last week’s appearance at the Sams Relays in Brownsville, and had a number of credible performances, including by Adrian Cruz (second in the triple); Jordan Caballero (third in the 110-meter hurdles); and Spenser Larson (third in the high jump). At the Sams, Ryland Olguin was No. 1 in the pole vault.