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District champs – again. That accurately describes Sharyland High School’s performance at last weekend’s District 30-5A track and field championships in La Joya. Yes, the Rattlers won – again. Both teams, boys and girls.
Tom Lee’s boys beat out Palmview while Sandy Guerrero’s girls took down Nikki Rowe to give Sharyland their second consecutive district championship.
Meanwhile, the defending 32-4A girls champs Veterans Memorial came less than a point shy of a second straight championship, losing to Mercedes 157-156.333. Veterans Head Coach Kathy Howell described the defeat as a “heart breaker.”
Despite the loss, plenty of athletes were able to emerge as district champions. The same for all the Big Six schools of both sexes.
Girls 30-5A District Meet
The Sharyland team was led by champion Valerie Rodriguez in the 800 meters and 400 meter dash. In addition, Caitlin Mills, Elise Smith, Alyssa Jimenez and Monica Rodriguez helped make up the relay team that won the 800 meters. Courtney Teplicek won the high jump.
The Palmview girls performed well in the relays also, winning the 400 and placing second in the 800. The 400 team consisted of Jessica Ramirez, Amanda Gonzalez, Jassell Solis and Leslie Luna. The runners up in the 800 were made up of Ramirez and Gonzalez in addition to Ianelli Ramirez and Kimberly Ochoa. Abigail Hernandez tied Shary’s Teplicek for the high jump and Priscilla Trevino won the triple jump. Jessica Ramirez also won the 200 dash while teammate and long distance runner Kathia Esquivel took home the 1600 meter run title.
La Joya’s Elva Hinojosa won the 100 meter dash while teammate Silva Karina took second in the 800 run. The Lady Coyotes 400 meter relay team also took second to Palmview, while the 1600 relay team was the highlight of the meet for the Coyotes as they won the relay behind the athletes of Samantha Jackson, Silva, Elizabeth Castillo and Hinojosa.
The Mission girls had no first place champion runners, but they did have some regional qualifiers. Gaby Martinez, Cassandra Clemons, Vanessa Rodriguez and the four members of the 800 relay team will all be in San Antonio in a week. The relay team consisted of Clemons, Rodriguez, Brittny Madden and Karla Muniz.
Boys District 30-5A Meet
For the boys of District 30, the Rattlers had plenty of success as they outscored the Lobos 214.5-123.5.
First place finishers for the champion Rattlers included Augustus Denhem in the pole vault and Estefan Castillo, Kenneth Normand, JC Valadez and James Cole in the 800 relay, Ricky Rosales in the 110 hurdles, Justin Saenz in the 400 dash and Valadez again in the 200 dash.
Second place Palmview benefited from having Mar Gonzalez in the high jump and triple jump, Felipe Valencia in the shot put, Carlos Cano in the 300 meters and Alex Leal, Jorge Alvarez, Gonzalez and Cano in the 1600 take first place.
For Mission, Jesse Martinez won the 800 run. Teammate Edgar Garza placed second in the pole vault.
As for Kathy Howell’ heartbreaking loss in 32-4A, the girls still produced some good results.
Keilah Garcia in the discus throw, Alyssa Guerra in the long jump, Kristina Cantu in the 800 run and Alyssa Guerra in the 100 dash all took first place.
The Juarez-Lincoln girls were led once again by Emily Perez, who won both the 3200 and the 1600 run. Jennifer Moran also chipped in the point total by winning the 400 dash.
On the boys end, no first place finishers were awarded but there were some who qualified for regionals.
The Patriots’ Martin Garcia qualified by finishing second in the high jump as did teammate Mark Ochoa in the pole vault.
Juarez-Lincoln will have Edward Gomez, Mitchel Lara, Cosme Zuniga and Joel Garcia move on after finishing in the top three of the shot put, 800 run, 200 dash and the 3200 run, respectively. In addition, Zuniga and teammates Martin Diaz, Eros Villarreal and Hugo Mares took second in the 800 relay.
The Region IV championships for 5A are taking place this weekend in Kingsville. For 4A, the championships will be next week in San Antonio.
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