By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Tarpons won two relay events, the 1600-meter run, and the 300-meter hurdles. Those wins, along with a number of other high finishes, earned Port Isabel a total of 168 points, which was 13 less than La Feria, who finished with 181 points.
In the 4×100-meter sprint relay race, the quartet of LB Bennett, Jacob Losoya, Jaime Gonzalez, and Andrew Holland got the win with a time of 44.23 seconds. Holland, Bennett, Luis Aguilera, and Ryan Vasquez combined to take the 4×200-meters in the time of 1:33.46.
Saul Ochoa had a pretty good night. He won the 1600-meter event in 4:34.68 and came home third in the 3200-meters, stopping the automatic timer in 10:36.84.
“It was a real good race overall,” Ochoa said. “At the start you can’t get boxed in and that’s what I was trying to avoid. This was the best race I’ve run all year.”
In the 4×400-meter relay Bennett, Jason Schrank, Marco Colorado, and Jaime Gonzalez worked together for a third-place finish with a time of 3:34.99.
Schrank was the other individual gold medallist as he was victorious in the 300-meter hurdles race with a clocking of 40.15 seconds. Schrank was also third in the 110 hurdles in the time of 16.36 seconds.
In the 110-meter hurdles Juan Herrera was fourth in 17.31 seconds and Juan Aguillon got sixth with a time of 17.69.
The highest finish of the night in field events was recorded by Jacques Guillot in the discus throw. With a toss of 150-01 Guillot took second place. “It was only my second meet of the year,” Guillot said afterwards. “I’ve been dealing with some back problems and I only had a couple weeks of practice…threw it 150 feet for a personal best.”
LB Bennett turned in a silver medal-winning effort in the long jump with a best jump of 20-02.00. Bennett also got fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5-06. And Raul Villareal was second in the shot put with a best effort of 45-00.00.
In other running events, Jacob Losoya collected two silver medals with second-place efforts in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.26 sec. and 23.14 sec. respectively. Third place in the 100-meters, with a time of 11.31 was Andrew Holland.
Other top six finishes in field events were turned in by; Marco Colorado, third, high jump, 5-08; Pedro Gonzalez, fourth, pole vault, 10-06; Mark Benavides, fourth, shot put, 44-02.00, and Jimmy Hernandez, sixth, 43-09.00; Juan Aguilera, fourth, discus, 143-09, and Raul Villareal, 120-04.
“The kids did awesome tonight,” head Tarpon track coach Jake Hofstetter said Thursday night. “We won two of the three relays. We were just a few kids short.”