Silva tops in hurdles at District Meet

By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS

Omar Silva again showed top form in the hurdles races at last week’s District 32-4A Men’s Track and Field meet at La Feria.  He won gold in both races and advanced to the area meet at Kingsville this Thursday (April 23rd).

Silva won the 110-meter hurdles in the time of 15.30 seconds and took the 300-meter hurdles in 39.87 seconds.  Both times were personal bests.

“He’s run six good races in a row now, counting prelims, and that’ll do wonders for your confidence,” head Tarpon track coach Ryan Stanage said Monday.  “He’s feeling pretty good about himself.  And the great thing is there’s still room there – he can still go a little faster.”

“I was first coming over the last hurdle,” Silva told the Press this week.  “But I didn’t know how far behind me the other guys were.  I think I clipped the last hurdle (300 hurdles) and I also went off on the wrong foot on the sixth or seventh hurdle.”

Silva’s time in the 110’s was more than a second faster than the second-place time of 16.55 seconds, recorded by La Feria’s Carlos Rodriguez, and he was nearly a full second ahead of Joseph Luna in the 300’s.

On the strength of Silva’s two wins in the hurdles races, the Tarpons finished sixth in the team point standings by the end of the day on Thursday with 46 points.  La Feria won the team title with 220.5 points, followed by Rio Hondo in second with 94.5 points, and Progreso in third with 87 points.  Hidalgo Early College was fourth with 66 points and Raymondville came in fifth with 53 points.  Zapata (31) and RGC Grulla (22) were seventh and eighth in the final standings.

Other individual points finishes by Tarpon athletes at the district meet were recorded by Daniel Gonzalez, who was fifth in the 200-meter dash (24.47 seconds), and Trey Mock, who got second in the discus with a toss of 146 feet 10.00 inches, and third in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet 10 inches.  Mock advanced to the area meet at Kingsville this Thursday (April 23rd).   Also advancing was Juan Muniz with his third-place finish in the high jump.  His best jump was 5 feet 6 inches.

Here are all other finishes recorded by Tarpon athletes at last week’s district meet: 400-meter dash; Jose Atkinson, eigth-59.09 seconds (first; Carlos Rodriguez, La Feria, 50.75);  800-meter run; Kevin Ortiz, seventh-2:15.10 (C. Rodriguez, 2:00.42).

Relay events: 4×100-meters; Port Isabel, sixth-46.05 (Dylan Athanas, Daniel Gonzalez, Jorge Pardo, Omar Silva).  4×200-meters; P.I., sixth-1:38.29 (Ricky Gonzalez, Jose Atkinson, J. Pardo, D. Gonzalez).  4×400-meters; P.I., seventh-3:49.17 (Juan Muniz, J. Atkinson, J. Pardo, K. Ortiz).

“I was pretty pleased,” Coach Stanage said Monday.  “I told the kids coming in if you run as fast as you’ve ever run that’s good enough for me.  I’m hoping we can build on that for next year.  We don’t have any seniors out and we only had about five juniors, so I made sure those juniors know I want them out next year.”

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