The workhorses pulled the load at the area track meet, enabling the EHS girls to finish a solid third, two points ahead of city rival Vela, which nonetheless clinched its best showing as a team in school history.

The meet at Weslaco saw a pair of EHS seniors, Natalie Martinez and Marissa Arce, qualify for this week’s regional meet in San Antonio in three events. Both will run in the 4x2 and 4x4 relays, and Martinez (high jump winner) and Arce (second in the 300 hurdles) will try their luck against the strong field at the next stage.

Two other Lady Bobcats, Melody Marroquin and Vianney Sanchez were double qualifiers while North’s Beth Ramos in the distances will go forward, as will Vela’s Sophia Ramirez in the 200 and sprint relay. The Lady SaberCats of Coach Diana Romero secured 14 slots in the regional competition as junior Ramirez paced the youthful 4x1 relay onto the next step with a fourth-place finish.

Another Marroquin, Kyle of Econ, qualified for two regional events, the 400 and 110 hurdles, while teammate Pete Segura (high and long jumps) will also be busy in SA. North’s distance crew did well at Weslaco, with Tristan Pena and Aldo Nava set for the 1600 and 3200 at regionals, while North’s Gaston Cortina (shot and discus) will see how he can do against the strong field at the next round.

The Vela boys continued their improvement, making the grade in the 4x2, as young Eddie Guzman filled in for injured older brother Brandon, helping the Saber Cat unit on to the regional.

The city boys won five golds at Weslaco as alongside Marroquin in the quarter, Pena of North (1600), Cortina (shot), Gus Vazquez of Econ (triple jump) and Marc Ayala of EHS (discus) all placed first.

There were also five winners among the girls at area: Dylann Guerra of Vela gutted out the gold in the 800, teammate Renee Garcia took the 110 hurdles, and Martinez of EHS won a close high-jump final. Ramos of North breezed to titles in the 1600 and 3200, and should be among the few favorites to master the regional competition.

HORSEHIDE

In baseball, North clobbered EHS, 9-1 Friday and is now 11-1, tied with P-SJ-A for first with two games left. The Coogs have Memorial Tuesday and then the showdown with the Bears three days later. EHS dropped to 3-9. Against the ’Cats, sophomore Argelio Guajardo went 4 for 4 with a homer to back another super mound outing from veteran hurler Carlo Servin.

Vela subdued Pharr North after trailing early Friday, and is now 9-3, with matches versus P-SJ-A and Econ remaining. The Jags sit at 6-6 after blowing out Southwest Friday and have dates against Pharr North and Vela left. If the Jags can defeat the Raiders (5-7) they can achieve their first postseason berth since 2003.