By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
It was double gold again for Port Isabel High hurdler Omar Silva last week. He crossed the finish line first in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles races at the Albert Tijerina Relays in Raymondville on Thursday.
The winning margin for Silva in the 110’s was just 0.12 seconds but it was not a side-by-side finish. Silva ran in one of five different heat races and he finished more than 3.5 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Tarpon teammate Robert Maldonado (19.30) in the fourth heat. The second-fastest time of 15.89 seconds was turned in by La Feria’s Omar Mughrabi in the first heat.
Silva ran in the fourth heat for the 300-meter hurdles and was timed at 41.52 seconds. Again the second-fastest man was in a different heat; Andrew Rodriguez (Juarez Lincoln) won the first heat in 42.03 seconds, so Silva’s winning margin for the 300’s was 0.51 seconds.
“He ran in the slowest heat so he didn’t have anybody pushing him,” head Tarpon track coach Joe Gonzales said Monday. “His time was a little low. As soon as he jumped the first hurdle he already had a big lead. He needs to run against people that are really going to push him.”
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