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Saenz shines at Uvalde, nearly breaks school sprint mark


Senior nabs pair of gold medals and a silver as Pearsall finishes fourth at Honey Bowl.

Curtis Saenz won a pair of gold medals and a silver to lead Pearsall to a fourth place finish overall at the Uvalde Relays on Saturday at UCISD’s Honey Bowl Stadium.
The Mavericks were only a point and a half out of third place at the event, which was dominated by Class 6A schools Laredo United and Eagle Pass.
“We were impressed with how our athletes responded to the competition on Saturday,” PHS Head Track Coach Julian Hernandez said. “We had several athletes try out and compete well in different field events than they had before, which will help us moving forward.
“Although we had some shaky handoffs, our relays on both girls’ and boys’ sides are coming together. The expectations for our track and field teams overall, are high and so far we are pleased with the effort and the competitiveness that our athletes have shown in the first two meets.”
A school record holder in the 200m dash, Saenz narrowly missed out breaking the school mark in the 100m dash. Saenz clocked in at 10.94 in the event at Uvalde. Tyler Del Toro holds the school record in the event with a time of 10.92.
Complete Pearsall boys’ results are as follows: 100m dash, first, Curtis Saenz, 10.94, fourth, Nathaniel Rodriguez, 11.28, sixth, Leon Martinez, 11.34; 200m dash, second, Curtis Saenz, 23.02; 400m relay, first, Leon Martinez, Eduardo Martinez, Curtis Saenz, Nathaniel Rodriguez, 42.65; 800m relay, sixth, Abel Elizondo, Ponceano Cavazos, Alvaro Abrego, Dillon Wolfe, 1:35.28; long jump, third, Leon Martinez, 20’ 2-1/4″, sixth, Alvaro Abrego, 18’5″; triple jump, fourth, Alvaro Abrego, 39’7″; high jump, second, Leon Martinez, 5’8″, fifth, Jesus Leal, 5’4″; pole vault, fourth, Steven Herrera, fifth, Jesus Leal, sixth, Shawn Rivera.

Leon Martinez took second in the high jump with a leap of 5’8″.
Photo courtesy: James Volz, Uvalde Leader-News

Pearsall’s Lady Mavs finished ninth at the event. Anisty Martinez was the team’s highest placing individual as she took second in the long jump.
“The girls’ side looked strong for our second meet of the season, which was a competitive one,” PHS girls’ coach Ricky Medrano said. “We went out there and competed really well against some of the tougher (Class) 6A schools in South Texas. We have already been seeing big improvements from last season and have a lot to look forward to as the season goes on.
“With a tough schedule this season, we believe it is helping our athletes improve and compete at a higher level. We just want to help prepare our athletes for the district meet where we want to perform at our best to qualify for Area and going forward.”
Complete Pearsall girls’ results are as follows: 100m dash, seventh, Sariah Longoria, 13.59; 100m hurdles, seventh, Iliana Camacho, 18.91; 800m relay, fifth, Sariah Longoria, Gezlynn Wolfe, Samara Ruiz, Natalie Ortegon, 1:55.65; long jump, sixth, Anisty Martinez, 14’5-1/4″; shot put, fifth, Kristen Morales, 31’1″.
In junior varsity action, both the JV boys and JV girls’ teams finish eighth at the event. JV boys’ results are as follows: 200m dash, eighth, Samuel Martinez, 25.50; 300m hurdles, 12th, Steven Herrera, 49.27; 400m relay, fourth, Samuel Martinez, Dwayne Marshall, Jose Rocha, Sebastian Melendez, 46.59; 800m relay, fifth, Sebastian Melendez, Samuel Martinez, Jose Rocha, Dwayne Marshall, 1:38.72.
JV girls’ results are as follows: 100m dash, eighth, Marissa Castro, 14.06; 200m dash, eighth, Zailey Hurst, 29.72; 300m hurdles, second, Zailey Hurst, 55.38.
Pearsall’s track teams will be in action this week at the Jack Randall Relays at Floresville’s Eschenburg Field.

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