Shooting for Gold: 17 athletes will compete at the State Track and Field Championship

Fourteen individual track and field athletes and one relay team will compete this weekend at the 2021 UIL State Championship at Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.

On Thursday, athletes from Class 3A and Class 4A will compete for state medals.  Here is a breakdown of Thursday’s races:

Riverside senior Ian Vasquez (left) will compete in the high jump at the Class 4A UIL state championship and sophomore Angel Munoz (right) will compete in the 300-meter hurdles. Both events are Thursday.

Class 3A

3200-meter run: Angel Torres, Tornillo. Torres was a wild card selection with a time of 9:56.33, ranking him sixth at the state meet. Presido’s Marco Rey (9:42.71) is the top seed. This race begins at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

1600-meter run: Angel Torres, Tornillo. Torres won Region 1-3A in a time of 4:25.67, which makes him the No. 1 seed entering the race. The state championship race begins at 6:50 p.m. Thursday.

Shot put: Lizbeth Fierro, Tornillo. Fierro was a wild card selection and comes in with a toss of 37 feet, 5.5 inches, ranking her sixth at the state meet. Jillian Howell, a junior at Bushland comes in as the top seed tossing a 39.9.75. This event begins 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Chapin 4X400 relay team of Sela Arevelo, Samahdi Foster, Plea’ Jai’ Roulhac, Kennedy McDonald are race at the UIL State Meet on Friday.

Class 4A

3200-meter run: Edwin Gomez, senior, San Elizario. Gomez was second at regionals in a time of 9:45.13. He is seeded third. Canyon senior Sam Ashley owns the top time heading into state with a 9:37.98. The race for gold starts at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

1600-meter run: Edwin Gomez, senior, San Elizario. Gomez was the Region 1-4A champion clocking a 4:25.31. His time is the second fastest at the state meet behind Melissa senior Lucas Tauch’s 4:20.61. This race begins at 6:50 p.m. Thursday.

800-meter run: Three area athletes are competing in this one. Region 1-4A champion, Josh Gonzalez, senior, Mt. View and region runner up Christopher Moreno, sophomore, San Elizario come into the race with the top two times – 1:55.17 for Gonzalez and 1:55.27 for Moreno. Also racing is Edwin Gomez who ran a 1:56.74 to earn a wild card spot. This race is at 4:20 p.m. Thursday.

300-meter hurdles: Two athletes will also be competing for a state medal in this event. Clint senior Jesus Rocha won Region 1-4A with a time of 38.48 (third seed) and Riverside sophomore Angel Munoz was second in 38.80 (fourth seed). They will be chasing Kilgore sophomore Matthew Tyeskie who ran a 38.18 at his regional.

High jump: Ian Vasquez, senior Riverside. Vasquez was second at regionals with a jump of 6-feet, 3-inches. That mark ranks him seventhcoming into state. The field will be going after Cuero senior Davyon Williams who is the No. 1 seed with a leap of 6-8. This event begins at 8 a.m. Thursday.

On Friday, athletes from Class 5A will compete for state medals.  Here is a breakdown of Friday’s races:

San Elizario senior Edwin Gomez will race for a medal in three events at the Class 4A UIL Track and Field Championship – 800, 1600 and 3200.

Class 5A

400 meters: Angie Lujan Maurrufo, senior, Parkland. Lujan Maurrufo was second at the Region 1-5A championship with a time of 55.82, placing her as the fourth seed at state. Fort Bend Marshall’s junior Cesley Williams is the top seed at 54.90. The race begins at 6 p.m. Friday.

800 meters: Angie Lujan Maurrufo, senior, Parkland. Lujan Maurrufo was the Region 1-5A champion clocking in a season-best 2:11.83. See comes into the state meet as a fourth seed. Boerne Champion junior Anastacia Gonzales is the first seed with a time of 2:09.45. This race is at 4:20 p.m. Friday.

300 hurdles: Plea’ Jai’ Roulhac, senior, Chapin. Roulhac was second at the Region 1-5A meet with a 45.18, ranking her eighth in the state. She will be chasing Lancaster senior Ashyiria Savage’s 43.06. The race begins at 6:35 p.m. Friday.

1,600 relay: Chapin’s 4X400 team of Sela Arevelo, Samahdi Foster, Plea’ Jai’ Roulhac, Kennedy McDonald was second at regionals in a time of 3:55.90 giving them the sixth seed at state. Fort Bend Hightower is the team to beat at 3:46.81. The relay is at 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Triple jump: Eireann Donohoe, senior, Chapin. Donohoe was second at regionals with a jump of 38 feet, 6.25 inches, good enough for the sixth seed. Burleson Centennial senior Savoria Anderson leaped 40-00.25 at her regional and is the top seed. This event is at 1:45 p.m. Friday.

Pole Vault: Austin Lara, senior, Del Valle. Lara advanced as a wild car selection after finishing third at regionals with a 14-feet 6-inch vault. His mark ties him with three other vaulters all hunting down Abilene Wylie senior Kylor Aguilar’s 16-3.

On Saturday, athletes from Class 6A will compete for state medals.  Here is a breakdown of Saturday’s races:

Chapin senior Eireann Donohoe will compete in the Class 5A triple jump on Friday.

Class 6A

3200-meter run: A pair of runners qualified in this event. Eastlake junior Israel David was second at the Region 1-6A race finishing in 9:09.57 and Coronado sophomore Luis Pastor was third but received a wild card berth after his 9:12.03.  David is the second seed and Pastor is the third seed. Haltom City Haltom senior Alfredo Reina Corona is the one seed with a 9:08.01. The race is at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

1600-meter run: Israel David, junior, Eastlake. David was second at regionals with a time of 4:17.97, good enough for a seventh seed. He will be chasing Houston Strake Jesuit senior Anthony Gregory who comes in with a 4:10.86. This race is at 6:50 p.m. Saturday.

Triple jump: Caleb Stewart, senior, Americas. Stewart won the Region 1-6A championship with a jump of 46 feet, 3,25 inches. He enters the state finals qualifying in the eighth spot. Jaden Patterson, a senior from Humble Atascocita, turned in a 51-11. This event begins at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

Author: Victor R. Martinez

My love of running began with my son Deric. His passion and talent for distance running opened my eyes to a sport I never imaged I would embrace with such enthusiasm. As a journalist at the El Paso Times, I was the lead writer for cross country and track for several years and I was able to tell the stories of these amazing unsung athletes. Never a runner myself, I decided to change that when I turned 50 in 2016 when I trained for my first 5K. I've been running ever since and I love every minute of it - well - sort of.

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