UIL State meet delegation includes 4 relay teams and 8 individuals; championship starts Thursday

El Paso will send four relay teams and eight individual athletes to the UIL state track and field meet Thursday-Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Here is a look at who qualified, where they rank in the state’s final nine and what time they race.

Franklin’s 400-meter relay team – Beau Sparks, Julian Mars, Gerald Williams and Jordan Morales – will race at the State Championship on Saturday.

Class 6A

Luis Pastor, Coronado. Pastor will race in 1,600 and 3,200 meters. He won the Region 1-6A Championship in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:13.65 and the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:05.01. He is seeded No. 3 in the 1,600 and No. 2 in the 3,200.

The Franklin boys 400-meter relay team – Beau Sparks, Julian Mars, Gerald Williams and Jordan Morales – earned the wild card for the state after finishing third at the Region 1-6A Championship in 41.60 seconds.  The team is seed No. 8.

Chapin’s Seth Truax finished second at Region 1-5A Championship in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.04. He is ranked No. 5 in the city heading into the state finals.

Class 5A

Parkland’s 800 relay team of Joseph Gomez, Kaleb Martinez, Lincoln Jurado III and DJ Crest earned a wild card spot after finishing third at the Region 1-5A Championship in 1:27.06. The team is seeded 6th.

Seth Truax, Chapin. Truax finished second at Region 1-5A Championship in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.04. He is ranked No. 7 heading into the state finals.

Morgan Little, Chapin. Little will compete for an individual state medal in the long jump and 100 meters and is part of the 400-meter relay team. She was second at Regionals in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 8 inches and won the 100 meters with a time of 11.59 seconds. She is seeded No. 3 in the long jump and No. 2 in the 100 meters.

Chapin’s 400-meter and 800-meter relay of Samahdi Foster, Caidence Johnson, Maliyah Pride and Morgan Little will compete for state medals on Friday.

Chapin girls 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay of Samahdi Foster, Caidence Johnson, Maliyah Pride and Morgan Little. Chapin was second in the 800 relay at the Region 1-5A Championship with a time of 1:39.12 and earned a wild card the 400 relay with a time of 47.13 seconds. The 800-relay team is seeded No. 3 and the 400-relay team is No. 5.

Horizon’s Ricardo won the Region 1-5A high jump championship with a leap of 6 feet, 11 inches. He is the top seed headed into Friday’s state meet.

Ricardo Leyva, Horizon. Leyva won the Region 1-5A high jump championship with a leap of 6 feet, 11 inches. He is headed to state as the top seed.

Riverside’s Jose Guardado and Angel Munoz will compete for state medals on Thursday – Guardado in the long jump and Munoz also in the long jump and the 300-meter hurdles.

Class 4A

Chris Moreno, San Elizario. Moreno won the Region 1-4A Championship in the 800 meters (1:54.37) and was second in the 1,600 meters (4:28.91). He is seeded No. 1 in the 800 meters and No. 9 in the 1,600.

Jose Guardado, Riverside. Guardado won the Region 1-4A Championship long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 9 inches. He is ranked No. 7 heading into state.

Angel Munoz, Riverside. Munoz was second in the long jump (22 feet, 6.5 inches and was third in the 300-meter hurdles in 39.23 at the Region 1-4A Championship. He earned a wild card berth in the 300 hurdles. Munoz is ranked No. 7 in the long jump and No. 8 in the hurdles.

Tornillo’s Daniel Romero will compete in two races on Thursday, the 3,200 meters and the 1,600 meters.

Class 3A

Daniel Romero, Tornillo. Romero finished second in 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Region 1-3A Championship.  He ran the 1,600 meters in 4:27.32 and the 3,200 meters in 9:37.48. He will be seeded No. 4 in the 1,600 and No. 5 in the 3,200 at state.

UIL STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

(All times MDT; 3A girls/boys followed by 4A girls/boys)

Class 3A

Thursday, May 11: Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 8:15 a.m., 3,200 meters; 6:50 p.m., 1,600 meters

Class 4A

Thursday, May 11: Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 4:20 p.m., 800 meters; 6:50 p.m., 1,600 meters.

Thursday, May 11: Jose Guardado, Riverside, 9:45 a.m., long jump.

Thursday, May 11: Angel Munoz, Riverside, 9:45 a.m., long jump; 6:10 p.m., 300 hurdles.

Class 5A

Friday, May 12:  Morgan Little, Chapin, 9:45 a.m., long jump; 5:05 p.m., 100 meters.

Friday, May 12:  Ricardo Leyva, Horizon, 9:45 a.m., long jump.

Friday, May 12:  Seth Truax, Chapin, 4:20 p.m., 800-meter run.

Friday, May 12:  Chapin girls (Samahdi Foster, Caidence Johnson, Maliyah Pride and Morgan Little), 4 p.m., 400-meter relay; 5:40 p.m. 800-meter relay.

Friday, May 12: Parkland boys (Joseph Gomez, Kaleb Martinez, Lincoln Jurado III and DJ Crest), 5:40 p.m., 800-meter relay.

Class 6A

Saturday, May 13: Luis Pastor, Coronado, 8:45 a.m., 3,200 meters; 6:50 p.m., 1,600 meters.

Saturday, May 13: Franklin boys (Beau Sparks, Julian Mars, Gerald Williams and Jordan Morales), 4 p.m., 400-meter relays.

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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