The day was cold and dreary but the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies boys did not let that dampen their spirits as they won the championship at the McAllen ISD Invitational track and field meet held at McAllen Memorial High School Saturday. Upon completion of the six field and 12 running events the Huskies dominated the competition by a 2-to-1 margin over the second place Palmview Lobos 148-74.
While it is still early in the District 30-6A track and field season, the Huskies’ three wins in four meets has them on track to a possible district championship.
“This was our fourth meet this year,” explained Juarez-Lincoln head boys track coach Horacio Garza. “We came in fourth at the Winter Relays, we finished first at the San Benito Bobby Morrow Relays and also at the Adidas Javelina Invitational in Kingsville a couple of weeks ago. So this was the third meet that we’ve done very well in.”
“We’re excited about the progress of our team,” added Garza. “We’re happy about where we’re at and we’re going to try building on our successes so far and try to work towards that district championship.”
Among the first place finishers for the Huskies were Carlos Barrera (triple-jump), Anthony Mora (200m dash), the 4 x 200 meter relay team made up of Marcelo Matamoros, Robert Gonzalez, Anthony Mora and Angel Garcia and the 4 x 800 meter relay team made up of Mitchel Lara, Martin Baez, Carlos Hernandez and Mauricio Hernandez. Second place finishers included Marcelo Matamoros (200m dash), Yariel Matute (400m dash), Michel Lara (800m run), the 4 x 100m relay team made up of Marcelo Matamoros, Robert Gonzalez, Adonis Barillas and Yariel Matute and the 4 x 400m relay team made up of Robert Gonzalez, Anthony Mora, Carlos Serna and Mitchel Lara.
While the bad weather did keep some teams away Saturday Garza knew that with the quality of competition that did show up it would take a complete team effort to bring home yet another championship trophy.
“For the most part the boys competed very well even though it was a kind of an ugly day,” Garza said. “They came out and competed and really got after it. We had first place finishes in a couple of relays and in a couple of individual events but the entire group really pulled together and made up their mind that they were going to try to go win the meet. By the end of the day it turned-out pretty good for us.”
While the Huskies win was a team effort, two of Juarez-Lincoln’s relay teams and one individual athlete have set the standard for the team’s success so far this season.
“Our relay groups are doing an exceptional job by finishing first or second in a lot of the relays we’re running,” shared Garza. “However, there is one of our boys that has a Valley best in his event and that is Carlos Barrera in the triple-jump. He’s been to three track meets and he’s won the triple-jump in all three. He also competes in the long jump and in both the hurdle events so he’s trying a little bit of everything and he’s doing well in everything but his best event is the triple jump.”
Besides Juarez-Lincoln’s first place and Palmview’s second place finishes Saturday, the Veterans Memorial boys placed fifth while the Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks placed second, the Palmview Lady Lobos placed fifth and the Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies placed sixth at the girls’ meet, which was held at Nikki Rowe High School.