Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 16 May 2014 08:39
Palmview High’s Felipe Valencia set a new gold standard at the UIL State Track and Field Meet in Austin last week. For the second year in a row, Valencia earned a gold medal in the state 5A shot put competition.
As the defending gold medal winner in the event, Valencia is now the only two-time track and field state champion in La Joya Independent School District history. Prior to his winning the gold last year, it had been 45 years since then La Joya High junior Noe Hernandez brought the gold home in the 880-yard dash.
“Winning back-to-back state championships and making history at La Joya means a lot me,” said Valencia. “It means even more because all my family was there to support me.”