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These Rattlers are fast. Whether male, female, freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, doesn't matter. The boys and girls squads of Sharyland Track and Field proved to be tops in 30-5A when both teams took home the first place hardware at the District 30-5A meet this week at La Joya.
For the boys, the domination was due mostly to its runners. However, Roberto Salinas took home first in the discus throw (150-0), contributing to the team’s overall score of 210. The team’s outstanding overall score broke the district record of 189 set last year by the Rattlers.
Sharyland had four runners take first place, including a double winner in C.J. Cavazos who won the 100 and 200 dash. The rising star—in both football and track—ran a very respectable 10.54 in the 100 and 21.61 in the 200. In last year's meet, the runner also qualified for regionals in the 100.
Both the 800 and 1600 relay teams took first for the Rattlers, contributing to the point total. The 800 finished with a time of 1:29.14, while the 1600 finished with 3:23:84.
Lady Rattlers Win District, Again
The girls, on the other hand, also had a superb meet, helped by some outstanding performances. The Lady Rattlers beat out Palmview for the first place finish, totaling 186 points to the Lobos' 172. Kayla De La Pena was the top performer for her school, winning both the 100 and 300 hurdles. The athlete finished the 100 with a time of 14.89 while running the 300 hurdles in 46.10.
Aurelinda Ortega took first in the high jump, reaching 5-2. In long distance running, Kelsey Setien took first in the 1600, completing a time of 5:20.95. In addition, the Lady Rattlers 1600 Relay team won first at district, finishing with a 4:07.19 time.
Palmview High School
The Lady Lobos, by taking second place, will be moving on to regionals as well. The team's score of 172 was helped by strong finishes from the relay teams. The 400 relay team won with a time of 49.16 and the 800 team with a time of 1:45.88. In the 800, the runners finished three seconds behind Shary for second place. Roxanne Vidaurri ran a 2:26.64 in the 800 to take first while Diana Najera was also able to claim first, leaping 17-6 in the long jump.
The Palmview boys had a strong showing as well, also finishing second behind Sharyland. Overall, the team scored 120 and had some very strong finishes in the field events.
Mar Gonzalez's strong legs led him to two first place finishes, winning the long jump and the triple jump. In the former, Gonzalez soared to 21-10 ½, while in the latter, the combined score came to 44-2 ½. Felipe Valencia took first place in the shot put, and Jose Jaime won first in the 3200, contributing to the school’s second place overall score.
Mission High School
Mission High School had some first place finishers as well. For the girls, Taylor De La Rosa is looking to return to state again after finishing first in the 3200 with a 11:51.23 time. On the boys side, Jessie Martinez and Daniel Alfaro both had first place finishes. Martinez took first in the 800 while Alfaro accomplished the same feat in the 1600.
However, overall, it was Sharyland's day.
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