It was a good news/bad news scenario for the two Palmview High School track and field teams at the 29-6A/30-6A area championships meet held at McAllen’s Veterans Memorial Stadium last week. After finishing second to the McAllen Memorial Mustangs at the District 30-6A championship meet the week before, the Palmview boys took the Area meet championship, compiling 113 team points; 17 more than the second place Mustangs’ total of 96. That’s the good news.
As for the bad news, the Lady Lobos, fresh off of their District 30-6A championship the week before, could do no better than a third place finish at the same area meet with their 97 points total as the Memorial Lady Mustangs’ 105 points and the Del Rio Lady Rams’ 102 points earned them the area championship and a second place finish respectively.
So how did the Lobos manage to better the field against a higher level of competition at the area meet when they could do no better than a distant second at the district meet just one week previous? It wasn’t the result of an increased number of first place finishes in individual events, that’s for sure. At the district meet the Lobos had three first place finishes while at the area meet they only had two. It was a matter of more second place finishes for the Lobos, as they had eight at area opposed to six at district, and less first and second place finishes for the Mustangs, four and one respectively at area after having had five first place and four second place finishes at the district meet.
With the top four finishers in each event qualifying for the regional meet being held at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio today and tomorrow, here is a list of the Big 7 School’s boys and girls regional qualifiers and their placings at area.
Palmview Lobos (1st), Victor Boganegra (800m run, 1st), Eliseo Rodriguez (1600m run, 2nd), Tristen Myende (110m hurdles, 2nd), 400m relay team (3rd), 800m relay team (2nd), 1600m relay team (2nd), Eliseo Rodriguez (3200m run, 2nd), Ricky Espinoza (Discus, 1st and Shot put, 2nd), Arturo Gutierrez (Discus, 2nd) and Damian Quintanilla (triple jump, 2nd).
Juarez-Lincoln Huskies (3rd), Angel Garcia (200m dash, 2nd), Carlos Serna (300m hurdles, 2nd), 800m relay team (1st), 1600m relay team (1st) and Andrew Rodriguez (high jump, 3rd).
La Joya Coyotes (9th), Martin Salinas (400m dash, 2nd) and Ricardo Mendoza (800m run, 2nd and 1600m run, 4th).
Mission Eagles (12th), Alex Cordova (400m dash, 3rd), Jorge Perez (800m run, 3rd) and Marc Garcia (300m hurdles, 3rd).
Palmview Lady Lobos (3rd), Mirna Tamez (100m dash, 3rd), Mia Hinojosa (200m dash, 2nd), Bailey Villalon (800m run, 1st), Briana Robles (1600m run, 1st and 3200m run, 1st), 400m relay team (3rd), 800m relay team (1st), Naila Flores (3200m run, 3rd), Priscilla Flores (3200m run, 4th) and Brenda Martinez (triple jump, 4th).
Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies (6th), Yareli Tamez (1600m run, 4th), 400m relay team (4th), 800m relay team (4th), Karen Guerra (discus, 1st), Diana Bustos (discus, 3rd) and Ana Calderon (high jump, 4th).
La Joya Lady Coyotes, Julissa Montoya (400m dash, 3rd).