By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
Weather once again proved to be a hindrance to the competitive efforts of the Port Isabel Lady Tarpons track and field team. All the field events, as well as the hurdles races, had to be canceled due to rainy conditions at a meet scheduled for last Friday at Donna North High School.
“It went pretty well – the girls did pretty well under the circumstances,” head Lady Tarpon track coach Julie Breedlove said Monday. “A couple of our times were a little bit slower, but that was expected. So really all we did were the relays and the straight running events.”
The results included some respectable finishes in several races. “We got second in the 400 (meter run) and sixth in the 400 and the 800. We got second in the (4×200-meter) relay and we had a pretty good time in that one.”
The foursome for the 4×100-meter relay event is still not completely set, according to Coach Breedlove; “We ran the 4×100 and got fifth but it’s not set and it was a mix-match again.”
Breedlove is looking forward to getting pole vaulter Brisia Gonzales, who’s been out of action for the past several weeks, back in the lineup. “We’ve got her out here right now, testing things out … coming back slowly. As long as we take it easy and do the things we need to do, she’ll probably be ready to go by district.”
Actually, the sprint relay (4×100) is half set, right Coach? “I have two of them set,” Breedlove said Monday. “The other two are still up in the air. I’m just trying to find that right combination. Our 4×200 and 4×400 (relay teams) are running pretty strong right now, so we have that luxury of playing around with the 4×100 now.”
The Lady Tarpons will compete in the preliminaries for the running events at Raymondville this Friday and the finals in all events will be held at Weslaco’s Bobby Lackey Stadium on Saturday.
It was perfect practice weather at Tarpon Stadium on Monday and was still pretty good on Tuesday, however drizzly conditions returned on Wednesday. A high probability of rain may keep the team indoors on Thursday and, hopefully, conditions will be moderate on Friday and Saturday for competition.
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