Kiana Kebbi medaled in all five of her events and captured three of Pearsall’s five gold medals as the Lady Mavs were crowned district champions at the District 30-4A meet in Uvalde last Wednesday and Thurday, April 7 and 8.
Three of Pearsall’s four track teams won district titles at the event as the girls, junior varsity girls and JV boys all won their respective titles. The varsity Mavericks were third at the event.
Kebbi was defeated for the first time this season in the 100m and 200m dash events, albeit by razor-thin margins. She lost the 100m by .01 and the 200m by .37 of a second.
“She is good,” PHS Head Coach Arlene Silva said of Kebbi following the event. “She welcomes the tough competition.”
The Pearsall coach was enthusiastic about taking home the district championship, noting that it was a welcome achievement considering everything her athletes have had to battle through during a pandemic.
“It was really gratifying,” she said. “Our season got cut after three weeks last year due to the pandemic. For these kids to come full circle and persevere through it all and be able to achieve what they did speaks volumes. They deserve all the credit.”
Pearsall tallied 204 points to beat out second place Uvalde, who had 138 points.
Girls’ results are as follows: 100m dash, second, Kiana Kebbi, 12.07; 200m dash, second, Kiana Kebbi, 25.57, fifth, Ebony Garza, 28.00; 400m dash, first, Kiana Kebbi, 1:01.87, fourth, Jenevy Gonzalez, 1:08.34; 800m run, third, Saynika Weaver, 2:43.32, fourth, Esmeralda Gonzalez, 2:44.78; 1,600m run, second, Esmeralda Gonzalez, 6:10.59, fourth, Emma Hernandez, 6:24.96, fifth, Natalie Vega, 6:37.94; 3,200m run, second, Tayla Elizondo, 13:56.57, third, Emma Hernandez, 14:18.32, fourth, Natalie Vega, 14:48.84; 100m hurdles, first, Alba Dominguez, 16.28, fourth, Karicia Garcia, 17.08; 300m hurdles, fourth, Karicia Garcia, 51.47; 400m relay, second, Sarah Brad, Giselle Castillo, Anisty Martinez, Ebony Garza, 53.37; 800m relay, second, Saynika Weaver, Giselle Castillo, Anisty Martinez, Ebony Garza, 1:53.72; 1,600m relay, fourth, Saynika Weaver, Nevaeh Ramon, Esmeralda Gonzalez, Jenevy Gonzalez, 4:37.17; long jump, first, Kiana Kebbi, 15’5″, third, Anisty Martinez, 15’1/4″, fifth, Alba Dominguez, 14’4-3/4″; shot put, third, Hallie Dugosh, 32’1″; triple jump, first, Kiana Kebbi, 33’4″, second, Alba Dominguez, 31’7-3/4″, fifth, Karicia Garcia, 30’6-1/4″; high jump, first, Jezzie Leal, Pearsall 5’; pole vault, second, Sieya Martinez, 7’6″, third, Esmeralda Gonzalez, 7’6″, fourth, Sarah Brady, 7’.
Carrizo Springs won the boys’ title with 190 points. Hondo was second at 137 points and the Mavs were third with 115 points.
Jasiah Vaquera won both the long jump and triple jump events and was second in the high jump and will advance to regionals in each event. Brandon Rivas also took gold in the discus and was second in the shot put. Two of Pearsall’s three relay teams will also advance to regional competition as the sprint relay and mile relay teams were both third.
Boys’ results are as follows: 400m dash, second, Seth Salinas, 53.10, fourth, Tristian Ellis, 55.28; 800m run, third, Zaine Leal, 2:15.40, sixth, Tristian Ellis, 2:22.81; 1,600m run, fifth, Zaine Leal, 5:13.26; 300m hurdles, fifth, Ethan Waldrum, 43.55; 400m relay, third, Josiah Peralta, Isay Hernandez, Jasiah Vaquera, Joey Ramirez, 45.09; 800m relay, fourth, Josiah Peralta, Joey Ramirez, Mark Ovalle, Jasiah Vaquera, 1:35.84; 1,600m relay, third, Seth Salinas, Frank Ellis, Mark Ovalle, Josiah Peralta, 3:42.50; long jump, first, Jasiah Vaquera, 19’9-1/2″; shot put, second, Brandon Rivas, 44’5″, third, Gavino Gutierrez, 41’7-½”; discus, first, Brandon Rivas, 122’; triple jump, first, Jasiah Vaquera, 44’10-3/4″, second, Joey Ramirez, 41’10-3/4″; high jump, second, Jasiah Vaquera, 6’2″.
The top three individuals in each event advance to the area meet and fourth place finishers will advance as alternates.
The area meet was slated for Wednesday, April 14 at Warhorse Stadium in Devine. Results were unavailable at presstime.