By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The story continues for the 2015 season. Head Port Isabel High boys track and field coach Ryan Stanage is still looking for more bodies to fill out his team, as he continues to see outstanding effort from those individuals currently turned out to run, throw, and jump.
“We had a few more guys – a little more participation,” Stanage said Monday, referring to last Saturday’s Tarpon Relays meet in Port Isabel. Adverse weather conditions made things a little difficult for athletes, coaches, spectators and officials, but again Stanage could take satisfaction in the effort those team members on hand put forth.
“Dylan Athanas came back (last) week and it was the first time he ran this year. He did well.”
The outstanding individual performer of the day for the Tarpons was Omar Silva, who won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles races. “He ran pretty well, considering the conditions,” Stanage said this week. “He’s really working hard and he’s real motivated right now. We’ve got goals for him and he’s doing what he has to do to achieve them.”
Silva’s winning time in the 110 hurdles was 16.1 seconds and he stopped the timer at 41.97 seconds in the 300’s.
The only other top-six finisher for the Tarpons was in field events. Trey Mock got 140 feet 3 inches on his best throw in the discus and that was good for fourth place.
Silva also competes in the pole vault and triple jump events but did not try to do any vaulting on Saturday. “He didn’t work it last week very much – we were inside a lot. Weather was a factor in that also.”
In the triple jump, Stanage said; “He’s (Silva) getting a little better, a little more comfortable with that. He’s new to it so he’s still trying to figure it out.”
The District 32-4A meet in La Feria is still six weeks away and Stanage is hopefully confidant of picking up more guys so that he might have a full team by that time.
“This week I had some kids come talk to me about coming out … so we’ll see if we can get them going. There’s some, I think, that can really help us.”
The guys will be in Rio Hondo this Friday (March 6) for the Bobcat Relays and it would appear that things could get mucked up again by more unpleasant weather. Next meet after this one will be at Donna North High School on March 21.
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