El Paso athletes returned from the UIL Track and Field Championship with seven medals around their necks.
Coronado senior Luis Pastor and Chapin senior Morgan Little had the most impressive weekends.
Pastor, who is headed to Texas in the fall, ran a personal best 4:09.04 to claim the silver medal in the Class 6A 1,600. He came close to breaking the 43-year-old El Paso all-time city record held by Bel Air’s Sergio Oaxacas’ 4:08.9 he set in 1980.
Pastor returned to run a season best and city best 8:57.35 in the 3,200 and finished with a bronze medal.
Little also had a day, earning a bronze medal in the Class 5A 100-meter dash in 11.77, finishing sixth in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 7-inches and helping the 400-relay team of Samahdi Foster, Caidence Johnson and Maliyah Priderace to a school and city record 46.47 and placed fourth at the Class 5A state championship.
The team also finished eighth in the 800 relay in 1:40.93.
Other El Paso area athletes to win medals were Horizon senior Ricardo Leyva who earned a silver medal at the Class 5A high jump championship, clearing 6-feet, 10-inches.
Riverside senior Angel Munoz earned two bronze medals in Class 4A; finishing in 37.83 in the 300-meter hurdles, a season city best, and in the long jump, leaping 22-feet, 8.75 inches.
San Elizario senior Chris Moreno earned a silver in Class 4A, 800-meter run, racing a season and personal best 1:53.80. He also ran a 4:28.28 in the 1,600 and finished sixth.
Other state performers were:
The Franklin boys 400-meter relay team of Beau Sparks, Julian Mars, Gerald Williams and Jordan Morales finished fifth in 41.42.
Chapin juniorSeth Truaxwas ninth in the 800-run finishing in 1:59.01.
Parkland’s 800-meter relay team of Kaleb Martinez, DJ Crest, Joseph Gomez and Lincoln Juardo finished eighth in 1:39.50 after a mishandled baton pass.
Riverside senior Jose Guardado was fifth in the long jump, with a mark of 22-feet, 3.5 inches.
Tornillo juniorDaniel Romero finished sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:42.52. He finished ninth in the 1,600 in a time of 4:32.17.