By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
Port Isabel High Tarpon hurdler Omar Silva was back in top form last week as he won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdle races at the Albert Tijerina Relays in Raymondville.
Silva ran cleanly in both events and his winning time of 16.03 seconds in the 110 hurdles was a new personal best. He tripped the electric eye in the 300’s at 40.61 seconds. At the Meet of Champs the previous week in Weslaco Silva fell after hitting a hurdle in the 300-meter event and was off the pace in the 110’s after clipping several hurdles.
“I was pretty proud with the way he ran the races,” head Tarpon track coach Ryan Stannage said Monday. In the 110’s he clipped one hurdle but he was able to recover and he was real clean in the 300’s.”
This week Silva is preparing and looking forward to next week’s District 32-4A meet in La Feria and has set goals for the times he would like to run in the two races; “I want to get at least a 15.50 time in the 110’s and below 40 in the 300’s”
For some runners not all practice and training is done on the track. “We’re working on the grass to get the soreness out of our legs,” Silva said this week.
Head track and field coach Ryan Stanage still does not have a complete team but was quite pleased with the results achieved at Raymondville in some events. “Our times were better than they’ve been all year. “We had our fastest time of the year in the sprint (4×100-meters) relay, and our 4×200-meter relay ran its fastest time of the year also.”
Team points were earned in one other event at Raymondville last Thursday. Trey Mock was 4th in the discus with a toss of 132 feet 8 inches. Port Isabel was placed 10th in the final team standings for the one-day meet with 24 points. District rival La Feria was first with 141 points. Edinburg Economedes was next with 124 points and Rio Hondo was third with 62 points.
“Trey got fourth in the discus,” Stanage said Monday. “That’s not bad considering he didn’t have a lot of practice time coming off the injury.”
Here are the other finishes for the Tarpons at the Raymondville meet;
200-meter dash; Daniel Gonzalez, 16th-24.27 seconds; Jorge Pardo, 18th-24.48. (1st; Charlie Vela, Edin. Economedes, 22.54).
High Jump; Juan Muniz, 9th, 5 feet 6 inches.
Long Jump; J. Muniz, 15th, 18-05 ½.
4×100-meters; P.I., 9th-46.12 (Dylan Athanas, D. Gonzalez, J. Prado, O. Silva)
4×200-meters; P.I., 8th– 1:38.47 (Ricky Gonzalez, Jose Atkinson, J. Prado, D. Gonzalez)
4×400-meters; P.I., 9th-3:54.52 (J. Muniz, J. Atkinson, Jayson Delgado, Kevin Ortiz)
The District 32-4A meet will take place next week in La Feria with preliminary events scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, and finals for Thursday afternoon, the 16th.
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