The track and field season got off to a good start last week with the annual practice meet at Richard R. Flores Stadium, an event attended by five of the eight city contingents.
Stocky Jeremy Nino of Vela appeared to be in top form in the distance races, and he leads a SaberCat team characterized by Coach Hernan Figueroa as having good depth and versatility from running to field events. The girls of Coach Iris Garza have solid numbers as well, though many are relatively unseasoned underclass girls. With the departure of last year’s leader Sophia Ramirez to college track, Garza is looking for new candidates. Experienced Junior Danya Selber paced the field in the 150 at the practice meet, and could be ready to assume the task.
The Lady Jags of Coach Brenda Lozano are in the process of replacing a leader as well, as the dynamic Monique Rodriguez has graduated. The team’s relay units looked excellent last week, as Briana Mitchell and the gang blew the field away in the 4x200.
In the wake of some lean times, the North boys brought a ton of kids to the practice meet, and distance guru Homer Martinez will spend the early going working with a promising bunch of newcomers.
As always, Coach Alicia Ramirez of EHS is counting on multiple points from a small but talented group of girls, with trusted sprinter Val de Leon back for another go; Angelica Noyola made a strong showing in distances, and hopes to continue the program’s prowess in the long runs. Most of the city track athletes will be in action next week at the Winter Relays at P-SJ-A.
THE REMATCH IS HERE
Tuesday is zero hour for the Lady Bobcats as their quest for a district title will basically be on the line at home against Weslaco.
EHS (8-1, 26-8) lost the first test versus the Pantherettes but has run off a series of blowout wins since, by an average of 33 ppg, allowing a measly 28.6 ppg to five unsuccessful opponents. The Lady ‘Cats prepped for the all-important showdown with undefeated Weslaco by sinking eight 3-pointers in a rout of Econ Friday, a game in which they churned to a 27-2 lead after a period.
Weslaco comes in having won nine league games by an average margin of 29.3 ppg and its defense is every bit as stout at EHS’s, letting up just 32.3 ppg.
The teams have split their matchups in 2018-19, and the rubber match should tell the standings tale, though EHS still has a rematch with Vela in the offing.