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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.
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.
The final week of the track and field season resulted in 1 city best time set at the UIL State Track and Field Championship.
Chapin senior Morgan Little earned a bronze medal in 100-meter dash at the Class 5A state championship, racing to 11.77. She also finished sixth in the state in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 7-inches.
The Chapin 400-meter relay team of Samahdi Foster, Caidence Johnson, Maliyah Pride and Morgan Little ran a school and city record 46.47 and placed fourth at the Class 5A state championship.
Chapin’s800-meter relay team of Foster, Johnson, Pride and Little finished eighth in 1:40.93.
For complete results of the UIL State Championship click here – uil.tfresult.com
Here the top 10 track and field female athletes in each track and field event after the state championship:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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)
Thursday, May 11: Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 8:15 a.m., 3,200 meters; 6:50 p.m., 1,600 meters
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.
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.
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.
The 12th week of the track and field season resulted in five city best times and marks set at regionals.
Top performances include:
Chapin senior Morgan Little won the Region 1-5A Championship 100-meter dash in a personal best 11.59, earning her a trip to the state finals. Little also had a personal best leap of 19-feet, 8-inches in the long jump to finish second.
Chapin senior Trinity Avrilien had a personal best 57.98 in the 400 meters and finished fourth in the Region 1-6A Championship.
Eastwood sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez ran a personal best 2:17.50 in the 800 and finished eighth in the Region 1-6A Championship. She also had a personal best 4:59.42 and finished sixth in the 1,600.
The 11th week of the track and field season resulted in 6 city best times and marks set at area.
Top performances include:
Pebble Hills senior Omer Ibrahim ran a city and season best 1:55.27 in the 800 meters to win the area championship.
Coronado senior Luis Pastor ran a city and season best 4:18.05 in the 1,600 meters and city and season best 9:22.03 in the 3,200 meters to win the area championship.
The Franklin 1,600-meter relay team of Rai Lopez, Maury Carreto, JoaquinHickey and Nicolas Garcia won the area championship in a time of 3:20.94.
Pebble Hills senior Kole Pellerito had a personal best discus throw of 161-feet, 7 inches to finish second at the 6A area championship to advance to regionals.
Tornillo senior Angel Torres and junior Daniel Romero finished 1-2 in the Class 3A area championship in the 1,600 meters. Torres was first in 4:31.48 and Romero was second in 4:42.75. Romero won the 3,200 in 9:37.53 and Torres was fourth in 10:55.08. They advanced to regionals in both events.
Immanuel Christian junior Josiah Johnson won the TCAF State Championship in the long jump with a personal best jump of 22-feet, 2.75 inches, the 110 hurdles with a persona and city best time 14.52, and he win the 300 hurdles in 39.00. Johnson was second in second in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 6 inhces.
Immanuel Christian junior Israel Quintana won three TCAF State Championship – in the 800 run with a personal best 2:07.13, the 1600m run in 5:00.19,and the 3200 in 10:15.83.