By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons were the class of the field at last week’s Albert Tijerina Relays at Raymondville. They won a total of nine gold medals, including seven individual, and scored almost twice as many points as the second-place team to win the team title going away.
Individually, Simone Harry, Ava Gomez, Daniela Murchison, Gabby Torres all won gold medals. Torres came out on top in three events; the long jump, high jump, and the 100-meter hurdles. Murchison received two gold medals once again by winning the discus and shot put competitions, while Ava Gomez won the 300-meter hurdles race.
Torres actually added five gold medals to her collection at Raymondville by also being part of victorious efforts in the 4×200-meter and 4×400-meter relay races.
Port Isabel finished well out in front in the team standings with 160 total points. La Feria was a distant second with 86 points and Brownsville Hanna was third with 84 points. Valley View and Brownsville Rivera rounded out the top five with 68 and 61 points respectively. A total of 13 teams were on hand for the one-day meet, and it was the last meet for the Lady Tarpons before next week’s District 32-4A meet in La Feria.
Daniela Murchison won the shot put event with a throw of 44 feet 5 inches and her best toss of 124 feet and 1 inch with the discus was almost 21 feet better than that of second-place Annfrancis Maldonado of La Feria.
Gabby Torres’ winning height in the high jump was 5 feet 2 inches and her best attempt of 17 feet 10 ¾ inches in the long jump was over two feet longer than Audren Pineda’s (Hannah) distance of 15-05.
Simone Harry won gold in the triple-jump with a leap of 34- 3 ½ inches, a personal best. Ava Gomez’s time of 50.76 seconds in the 300 hurdles was also a personal record. Gomez was also second in the triple jump with a jump of 33- 7 ¾ inches.
For both Murchison and Torres, the winning totals were all short of the personal bests they established at the Meet of Champions in Weslaco earlier this month. “It’s kinda’ hard when there’s not a lot of competition,” Murchison said Monday. “I was where I needed to be.”
“I was ready to go that day,” Torres told the Press, referring to her stand-out performance at Weslaco. “I was really feeling it and I was excited.”
The following are all other finishes for the Lady Tarpons at Raymondville:
100-meter dash: J’yah Cook, 3rd-13.36 seconds; Celeste Ortega, 20th-14.69; Marily Carrizales, 25th-14.92 (1st; Milytza Galvan, La Feria, 12.92 sec.)
100-meter hurdles: Gabby Torres, 1st-16.08*.
300-meter hurdles: Rebecca Sanchez, 14th, 1:02.26. *3rd-fastest in Valley, 2015.
200-meter dash: Amaya Lampkin, 5th-27.93; Karina Vela, 13th-29.27; M. Carrizales, 26th-31.47. (M. Galvan, 27.01)
400-meter dash: Natalie Garza, 2nd-1:02.39; Simone Harry, 4th-1:03.43 (Valerie Tobias, IDEA Quest, 1;00.96)
800-meter run: Judith Carrizales, 12th-2:49.63, Clara Christensen, 13th-2:51.80 (V. Tobias, IDEA, 2:23.74)
4×100-meters: Port Isabel, 7th-54.05 (Celeste Ortega, Amaya Lampkin, Victoria Macias, J’yah Cook)
4×200-meters: P.I., 1st-1:47.79*, season best, (A. Lampkin, Ava Gomez, Gabby Torres, Simone Harry). *5th-fastest Valley time, 2015.
4×400-meters: P.I., 1st-4:07.91 (Natalie Garza, S. Harry, A. Gomez, G. Torres). Lady Tarpons’ time of 4:07.53 at a previous meet is 4th-fastest Valley time for 2015.
High Jump: Madison Bickerton, 4th-4-06; Rebecca Sanchez, 6th-4-04.
Long Jump: Ava Gomez, 4th-14-09 ¾; Karina Vela, 13th-13-06 ½.
Triple Jump: Karina Vela, 12th, 30-04.00.
Shot Put: Tiffany Ochoa, 2nd, 34-01 ½; Jocelyn Padilla, 6th, 31-07.00.
Discus: T. Ochoa, 4th, 96-06.00.
Preliminary events for the district meet at La Feria will take place on Tuesday, April 14, and the finals are scheduled for Thursday afternoon, the 16th.
Larry Gage; Wednesday, April 08, 2015.
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