Ladies lead entering finals

Special to the PRESS

PI trackThe Port Isabel Lady Tarpons track and field squad took a commanding lead in the team standings on the first day of the District 32-3A meet at Tarpon Stadium on Monday.

Head Coach Sylvia Torres’ team piled up the points by striking gold in all six field events, plus the 3200-meter run, and the Ladies take a 43 and a half-point lead into Thursday evening’s concluding events. Monday’s results in the above events are final and Port Isabel has 113 points to lead the standings. La Feria is second with 69.5 points, followed by Rio Hondo’s 19 points, Hidalgo with 8.5 points, and Progreso with six.

The day started with the 3200-meter run and Ione Rodriguez won it with a time of 12:47.96.

Daniela Murchison struck double gold in the shot put and discus. She got 41 ft. 1 in. on her best throw in the shot and set a new school record with a 146 ft. 9 in effort with the discus. Also getting two first-place finishes was Gabriyella Torres who won both the long and high jumps. She tied her personal best in the latter at 5 feet even and set a new personal best in the former with a leap of 16 ft. 8 and a half in.

Helena Loya helped the cause by winning the triple jump at 34 ft. 6 in. and finished right behind teammate Torres in the long jump at 16 ft. 5 and a half in.

Completing the sweep for the Lady Tarpons in the field events was Alexandria Martinez, who cleared 9 feet even in the pole vault. Michelle Martinez took second in the event with a vault of 8 feet even.

The top two finishers in each event advance to the regional meet in Kingsville later this month.

The following Lady Tarpons also earned points with top-six finishes in the following events: Courtney Flores, sixth, 3200-meters, 14:07.40; Alexis Gutierrez, fifth, triple jump, 30 ft. 5 in.; Xerenna Maldonado, third, high jump, 4 ft. 9 in.; Kelcie Swink, third, shot put, 33 ft. 10 in., Glenda Loza, fourth, 33 ft.1 and a half in. (personal best); Tiffany Ochoa, third, discus, 110 ft. 3 in. (PB), K. Swink, fifth, 105 ft. 9 in.

Two preliminary heats were run in both the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes. P.I.’s Taylor Torres was fastest in the 100 with a time of 13.98 seconds. Wynona Garza finished in 14.35 sec. and Ashley Zarate tripped the automatic timer at 14.76 sec. All three runners qualified for Thursday’s final in the 100-meters.

Alexandria Martinez had the fastest time in the 400-meter prelim with a clocking of 1:04.86 and will run in the final of that event.

Also qualifying for Thursday’s final, in the 200-meter dash, were Helena Loya, Xerenna Maldonado, and Allysa Samaniego.

No prelims were run in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles races. Alexis Gutierrez, Kristina Aguilera, and Ashley Garcia will compete in the finals of the 100s, and Aguilera and Gutierrez are also in the finals for the 300s.

The finals of the 800-meter run and all relay races will go off on Thursday without any preceding preliminaries.

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