Regional qualifiers for track and field
A total of seven track athletes advanced to regionals. In running events, runners Brian Gonzalez, Sol Saenz and Josh Murillo advanced, while Kristina Coria, Manny Rodriguez and Tury Ciriza advanced in field events.
Gonzalez advanced in the 400-meter, Saenz advanced in the 3200-meter, and Murillo advanced in the 1600-meter. In the field events, Rodriguez advanced in the long jump and triple jump. Ciriza and Coria advanced in pole vault.
Coria, who placed first, was excited and determined to be on top.
“I had worked hard all season and pushed myself to my limits to be at the top of the district. Making it to regionals was one of my goals, but I don’t want my season to end there.”
Ciriza who also placed first agreed with Coria.
“Kristina and I pushed each other all season long in practice and in the meets. We pushed ourselves so that we can excel in our event, it showed as we both placed first.”
Gonzalez who has moved on to regionals for the third straight year cannot wait to compete.
“I’m excited to run at regionals. I’ve been at this stage before, so I don’t get as much nerves anymore. I just want to be the best at what I do. I feel like I’ve worked hard all year long to strive to get to my goal. My goal is to be the fastest 400-meter runner in 5A in the state of Texas.”
Head Coach Rene Silva is confident in his runners, jumpers, and pole vaulters.
“We have a good group of athletes who advanced to regionals. They are a tough group to beat. They always put in the work to be ahead of the competition. We have some seniors, and we don’t want their seasons to end here. I’m confident that they will advance.”
The track team leaves later this week to Lubbock for regionals. The meet is set for April 29 and 30.
By Samuel Workman