By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
Armando Fierro is a young man literally on the run. A junior at Port Isabel High, Fierro got the bronze medal for his third place finish in the 3200-meter run at the UIL State Track and Field Meet in Austin last week. It was the final organized competition of the school year, but Fierro has not stopped running.
Even as these words are typed into the computer Fierro may be out pounding the pavement. He takes his running seriously and plans to stay in training throughout the summer. He is aiming for the AAU Junior Olympics in Louisiana, and the first high school cross country meet will take place in late August.
At the high school athletic offices this past Tuesday, Fierro talked about the kind of race he ran in Austin last Friday. In the long-distance events pacing is important. “It’s a really big race so I have to run a smart race,” he said. “I tried to run 70’s, 70-72 seconds per lap.” The track at Mike Myers Stadium is 400 meters in length. It’s necessary, then, to make eight circuits, or laps, around the track to complete a 3200 meter race.
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