By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel High School girls’ track and field team did rather well at last weekend’s Meet of Champions in Weslaco. The Lady Tarpons finished first in the team standings for competing schools in Class 3A and below, and Daniella Murchison took the gold medal in the shot put with a new personal-best toss of 41 feet 4 ¼ in.
“Daniella has really grown, compared to last year,” head girls’ track coach, Sylvia Torres said Monday. “She’s more confident, more mature.”
P.I.’s Kelcie Swink was fifth in the shot put with a best throw of 34 ft., 10 ¾ in.
Murchison also competes in discus and her best distance of 111 ft., 10 in. was good for sixth place in that event.
Lady Tarpon athletes also did pretty well in the jumping events. Xerenna Maldonado was 4th in the high jump with a leap of 5 ft. 2 in. and Gabriyella Torres was 7th at a height of 5 ft. 0 in. Torres also took 6th in the long jump with a best leap of 16 ft. ½ in. Alex Martinez was 14th in the latter event with her best jump of 14 ft. 5 ½ in.
Port Isabel was 12th overall in the team standings at the end of the day against mostly 5A competition. Other Valley 3A teams on hand included Zapata, Hidalgo, La Feria, Lyford, and Grulla.
“The kids competed well,” Torres said Monday. “I don’t think they were nervous. They just competed well against the 5A’s.”
Taylor Torres and Alex Martinez led the team in the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes. Torres had the 10th-best time in the 100 at 13.46 seconds, and Martinez was 11th in the 400 with a time1:03.49. Wynona Garza came in 13th in the 100-meters in 13.80 seconds and Alyssa Samaniego and Xerenna Maldonado were 13th (29.22) and 14th (29.41) respectively in the 200-meter dash.
Ashley Garcia was the highest finisher for the Lady Tarpons in either hurdles race as she took 10th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.45 seconds.
In the finals of the 4×100-meter sprint relay the team of Taylor Torres, Gabby Torres, Wynona Garza, and Ashley Zarate had the 14th-best time of 53.32 seconds. The foursome of Alyssa Samaniego, Wynona Garza, Xerenna Maldonado, and Gabby Torres timed in 15th-fastest in the 4×200-meter relay with a clocking of 1:55.28.
Another tough meet was scheduled for Thursday, March 28, in Los Fresnos. Coach Torres said, “The goal is to get the kids ready for regional competition and take more kids to the state meet.”
This week’s Falcon Relays is the last meet before the District 32-3A meet, which will be held at Tarpon Stadium in Port Isabel starting on Monday, April 8, and concluding on Thursday, April 11.
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