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Pearsall’s Kiana Kebbi and Cotulla’s Aaliyah Charo both earned bronze medals in their respective events during competition at the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Austin last Thursday evening, May 6.
Both runners were regional champions at their respective Region IV events at Kingsville and Converse Judson with Kebbi winning the 400m dash and Charo sprinting to a first place finish in the 100m dash.
Kebbi rallied down the final 100m of her race as she moved up from sixth place to pass three opponents to finish third overall with a time of 57.25. Godley’s Taylor McFarland won the event with a time of 55.81. Waco Connally’s Tayalissa Sanders was second at 56.53.
“What an ending to a great season overall for the Pearsall Lady Mav Track program,” PHS Head Coach Arlene Silva said. “Kiana is a very special young lady. As coaches, it is awesome to see the end result of an athlete’s hard work and preparation. She deserves all the credit.
“Kiana will leave PHS with a bronze state medal and two school records in the 100m and 400m. Just amazing. A special thanks to all of our track coaches who went above and and beyond for our athletes, Julian Hernandez John Hernandez James Moore and Jose Martinez. It has been a remarkable and memorable track season.”
Cotulla’s Charo likewise rebounded to finish third in her event. Her coach noted she had a slow start off the gun but battled back to finish third with a time of 12.18.
She was joined at the meet by her sister Aaliyah, who finished sixth in the 800m run with a time of 2:24.89.
“Raeann came from behind on a slow start and earned the bronze medal in the 100m with a time of 12.18,” CHS Head Coach Susan Garcia said. “This was a bittersweet trip to state to say the least, battling the pandemic and the two sisters making it together was awesome. They are each other’s number one supporters. Aaliyah will begin her new running journey at the University of Northern Alabama and Raeann will be working even harder to make a return trip to Austin.”
Newton’s Jayla Franklin won the 100m dash with a blistering time of 11.80. Palestine Westwood’s Jaysa Coney was second at 12.15, a mere three hundredths of a second ahead of Charo.