By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel High School Tarpons track and field team is second in the team standings heading into Thursday night’s finals of the District 32-3A meet at Tarpon Stadium. With consistent finishes in the field events and in the 3200-meter run the Tarpons collected 52 points on Monday and trail first-place La Feria by 15 points. Close behind are Rio Hondo with 47 points and Progreso with 41. Hidalgo trails with nine points.
The best finishes in the field events were provided by LB Bennett, Raul Villareal, Marco Colorado and Jacques Guillot. Bennett took second in the long jump with a leap of 20 ft. 2 in. Colorado was third in the high jump with a best effort of 5 ft. 8 in. Villareal had a personal-best throw of 45 ft. 0 in. in the shot put, which was good for second place, and Guillot also got second with a toss of 150 ft. 1 in. in the discus.
Saul Ochoa was third in the 3200-meter run with a time 10:36.84.
Also placing in the points with top six finishes in the above events were Pedro Gonzalez, fourth, pole vault, 10 ft. 6 in.; LB Bennett, fifth, high jump, 5 ft. 6 in.; Mark Benavides, fourth, shot put, 44 ft. 2 in., Jimmy Hernandez, sixth, 43 ft. 9 in.; Juan Aguilera, fourth, discus, 143 ft. 9 in., Raul Villareal, sixth, 120 ft. 4 in.
In Monday’s other running event preliminaries, Jacob Losoya was second-fastest in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.25 seconds, and Andrew Holland had the third-best time of 12.50. Both runners will run in Thursday night’s final.
Losoya also made the final in the 200-meter dash, also with the second-fastest time of 24.10 seconds, and Ryan Vasquez makes the final in the 200 as well with a clocking of 25.10.
With fewer than eight entrants in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles races, no preliminaries were run on Monday. Based on their best times of the season in the two events, Jason Schrank will run in the final of the 110s, and Jaime “JJ” Gonzalez and Schrank qualify for the 300s, as does Juan Aguillon.
The finals of the 800-meter run and all relay races will be run tonight (Thursday) without preliminaries. “The wind should be less of a problem on Thursday,” Tarpons head track coach Jake Hofstetter said Wednesday night. “The wind has bothered us this week, but it should be at our backs Thursday night. The relays will be the key. It may come down to the mile relay. We’ve got four good, strong guys on that team.”
Hofstetter referred to the 4×400-meter relay, otherwise known as the metric mile.