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CLASS 4A REGION IV TRACK & FIELD
Jezzie Leal, Esmeralda Gonzales, Jose Ramirez and Weston Hurst paced Pearsall in action at the Class 4A Region IV track and field championships in Kingsville last week.
Pearsall will not send an athlete to the UIL Track and Field State Championships in Austin in two weeks, although several athletes were on the cusp of earning qualifying bids.
“We were glad to be out competing in Kingsville against some of the best competition Class 4A has to offer,” PHS Head Track Coach Julian Hernandez said. “Multiple athletes hit season bests and personal bests.
“Overall, we were proud of how well they competed and how well we did as a team this season.”
Leal finished fourth in the high jump while Gonzales was sixth in the pole vault for the Lady Mavs. Caroline Peterson of Pieper High School and Boerne’s Kendall Lemm both cleared a height of 5’6″ in the event to take the top two spots while Port Isabel’s Madison Ramos hit 5’5″ to finish third. Leal hit 5’2″. Leal had a season high jump of 5’4″ at district and won seven gold medals this year and one silver although she tied for first at that meet as well but earned silver via tiebreaker.
Gonzales tied her season best mark of 9′ in the pole vault and finished sixth among a strong field of vaulters. Four athletes topped the ten foot mark as Canyon Lake’s Alencia Lentz won the event with a vault of 13’4″. La Vernia’s Ashlynn Recknagel was second at 12′ while Wimberley’s Elise Brown finished third at 11’9″. Cuero’s Abbey Dreier was fourth at 10’9″. Gonzales actually tied for fifth in the event with two other vaulters.
Jose Ramirez was eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 41’8″ in what was another stacked field. Six athletes cracked 44′ in the event. Wimberley’s Gabriel Wray took first with a jump of 46’6″.
Hurst was tied for seventh in the pole vault but ended up eighth with a height of 11’6″. Pleasanton’s Preston Pilgrim won the regional title with a vault of 14’6″. Four others tied for second at 13′.
Pearsall results are as follows: prelims – 100m dash, 11th, Nathaniel Rodriguez, 11.37; 300m hurdles, 15th, Elijah Luna, 45.74, 16th, Jovonnie Robledo, 45.92; 100m dash, 15th, Giselle Castillo, 13.54; 200m dash, 14th, Anisty Martinez, 28.38”; 100m hurdles, 12th, Jezzie Leal, 17.95; 800m relay, 14th, Pearsall, 1:57.08; 1,600m relay, 15th, Pearsall, 4:42.61.
Those placing in the finals are as follows: 800m run, 13th, Gilbert Marquez, 2:07.86; high jump, 15th, Jovonnie Robledo, 5’6”; long jump, ninth, Jose Ramirez, 21’4”; triple jump, eighth, Jose Ramirez, 41’8”; pole vault, eighth, Weston Hurst, 11’6”, 13th, Jesus Leal, 10’6”; discus, 12th, Gavino Gutierrez, 123’5”; shot put, eighth, Gavino Gutierrez, 48’10”, tenth, Joseph De La Rosa, 47’6”; 800m dash, 16th, Holly De Leon, 2:50.87; 1,600m run, 16th, Esmeralda Gonzalez, 6:48.14; high jump, fourth, Jezzie Leal, 5’2”; pole vault, sixth, Esmeralda Gonzalez, 9′.