By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
Port Isabel had one gold medalist in the person of LB Bennett, who won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, four inches. Bennett also scored a fifth place finish in the high jump after topping the bar at a height of five feet, four inches.
Other high finishes by the Tarpon track and field men included a second place finish by Jacob Losoya in the 200-meter dash in which he was unofficially timed in 23.55 seconds; a third place finish in the 3200-meter run by Saul Ochoa with a time of 10 minutes 33 seconds; and a third place finish with a time of 41.7 seconds by Jason Schrank in the 300-meter hurdles. Ochoa was also sixth in the 1600-meter run (5:02.00), and JJ Gonzalez came home fourth in the 300 hurdles in 42.3 seconds.
La Feria took first place in the final team standings, followed by San Benito, and Rio Hondo.
“La Feria looked strong,” head boys track and field coach Jake Hofstetter told the PRESS. “They appear to be the team to beat at the district meet next month.”
In the shot put the Tarpons’ Jimmy Hernandez took the bronze medal for third place with a throw of 42 feet, six inches. Finishing sixth in that event was Juan Aguilera with a toss of 39 feet, four inches.
Schrank also came on strong in the 110 hurdles with a fourth place finish as he broke the tape with a time of 17.0 seconds.
“Our times are there,” Hofstetter said. “We’re slowly getting it together.”
The highest finish by a Port Isabel relay team was turned by the 4×100-meter sprint relay team of LB Bennett, Jacob Losoya, JJ Gonzalez, and Andrew Holland. They took 3rd place in that event with a time of 44.7 seconds. Also coming in 3rd was the team of Bennett, Losoya, Holland, and Ryan Vasquez in the 4×200-meter relay in the time of 1:34.5.
In the other relay event, the 4×400-meter race, the foursome of Bennett, Schrank, Vasquez, and Marco Colorado came around in fifth place with an unofficial time of 3:43.00.
The Port Isabel High boys and girls teams are off this weekend and will next see action in the Meet of Champs. The preliminaries will be held on Friday, March 22 in Raymondville, and the finals will take place in Weslaco on Saturday, March 23.
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