By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
Although they failed to score any points, head boys’ track coach Jake Hofstetter is satisfied that the team is coming along and getting healthier by the week. “Our times got better,” Hofstetter said Sunday. “We’re a little closer to being healthy.”
The preliminaries were held at several sites on Friday, and Port Isabel was at Raymondville that day and the top four finishers in each event qualified for the finals. The Tarpons made the finals at Bobby Lackey Stadium in Weslaco in seven events, and the best finishes were turned in by two of the relay teams. The 4×200-meter relay team finished eighth and the 4×100 sprint relay team came in 10th.
In the individual running events, the best finish was turned in by Jaime “JJ” Gonzalez in the 300-meter hurdles. His time of 41.97 seconds was good for 10th place. Jason Schrank came home 14th in the 110 hurdles in 17.00 seconds.
In the finals of the 4×100-meter relay event, the team of LB Bennett, Jacob Losoya, JJ Gonzalez, and Andrew Holland posted the 10th-fastest time of 44.28 seconds, an improvement of .21 seconds over their first place time in Friday’s prelim.
The 4×400 relay team placed 16th with a time of 3:39.19. That was the foursome of Jason Schrank, JJ Gonzalez, Marco Colorado, and Juan Aguillon.
The relay races were run in two heats of eight teams each and teams were placed first to sixteenth according to times.
In the finals of the 1600-meter run Saul Ochoa came home 13th with a time 4:43.67 seconds. He was third in his Friday prelim with a time of 4:53.0. Jacob Losoya made the finals in the 200-meter run with a second-place finish on Friday (23.21 sec.). In the finals, he was 11th in the time of 23.36 seconds.
No Tarpon qualified for the finals in field events but Marco Colorado and Jimmy Hernandez came close. Colorado had the sixth-highest leap in Friday’s prelims in the high jump at 5 ft. 6 in. and Hernandez was also sixth in the shot put with a best throw of 42 ft. 7 in.
Next on the schedule for the Port Isabel High track and field teams was the Falcon Relays in Los Fresnos on Thursday, March 28. The District 32-3A meet has been moved from Rio Hondo to Port Isabel and will take place the week after next on Monday, April 8, and Thursday, the April 11.
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