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TRACK & FIELD
With defending district champions on the boys’ and girls’ side, Pearsall track and field teams hit the fields last week against stiff competition at the Queen City Relays in Del Rio on Friday, February 17.
The Mavericks were third overall as a number of athletes garnered medals at the event while the short-handed Lady Mavs struggled as a team but saw athletes also claim medals in action at the event.
“We think our athletes competed very well against some great competition,” PHS Boys Head Coach Julian Hernandez said. “We have high expectations for this year and we want to continue to see our times decrease and to stay healthy as a team.”
“As we officially kicked off our track season, I was proud of the girls on the way they went into Del Rio and competed against great competition in some chilly weather,” PHS Girls Head Coach Ricky Medrano said. “Without a full team due to other athletes in soccer and softball, we have a great indication where we stand individually and know our weaknesses where we need improvement.
“We are looking to make some adjustments from this past Saturday to put together some strong relay teams to strive to hit a qualifying time for the Texas Relays.”
Joey Ramirez led the Mavs as he took first in the triple jump and second in the long jump while Joseph De la Rosa won the shot put and Gabriel Gutierrez was second. Weston Hurst also took second in the pole vault while Curtis Saenz was second in the 100m dash.
Elijah Luna was second in the 300m hurdles and the sprint relay team was also second.
Varsity boys’ results are as follows: 100m dash, second, Curtis Saenz, 11.41, sixth, Nathaniel Rodriguez, 12.04; 200m dash, ninth, Eduardo Martinez, 25.35; 400m dash, seventh, Ayden Rodriguez; 56.94; 800m run, seventh, Gilbert Marquez, 2:16.97; 3,200m run, sixth, Jonathan Viesca, 11:14.60; 110m hurdles, fourth, Jovonnie Robledo, 18.89, sixth, Elijah Luna, 19.18; 300m hurdles, second, Elijah Luna, 45.26; 400m relay, second, Pearsall, 43.85; 800m relay, third, Pearsall, 1:35.66; high jump, fourth, Jovonnie Robledo, 5’4″; long jump, second, Jose Ramirez, 22’1″; triple jump, first, Jose Ramirez, 41’8-1/2″, fourth, Jovonnie Robledo, 38′ 1-1/2″, seventh, Tristan Ellis, 36′ 1-1/2″; pole vault, second, Weston Hurst, 12′; shot put, first, Joseph De La Rosa, 46’4″, second, Gabriel Gutierrez, 45′.
Senior Jezzie Leal was the Lady Mavs’ top performer, claiming a gold medal in the high jump with a jump of 4’10″. She also secured a bronze medal in the 300m hurdles with a time of 53.68 to give the Lady Mavs 18 points to their team total.
Makayla Smart was sixth in the 3,200m run while Natalie Ortegon was fourth in the triple jump. Pearsall’s 400m relay team also finished fifth with a time of 56.57.
Both teams will be in action on Saturday, February 25 at the Uvalde Relays.