The Mavericks track and field squad returned after spring break rejuvenated and ready to run at the Mickey Riggs Relays Saturday, March 28th.  It was a very windy afternoon, but a great day for racing nonetheless.

This meet had 2 new relays that the boys fared very well in!  First up was the boys DMR or “Distance Medley Relay” consisting of a 1200m, 400m, 800m, and 1600m run.  Sophomore Ever Rodriguez started the boys off in the 12 with an impressive 4:30, passing off the sophomore Phoenix Ingram for the quarter mile. Phoenix ran an unofficial split of 57:00, fastest time clocked thus far this season!  Next up was Sophomore Javier Garcia in the 800m blazing around the track in lighting speed and passing off to our anchor and mile master, freshman Daniel Moreno.  Moreno battled heavy winds on the homestretch for 4 laps, and finished strong for a Mavericks 4th place finish of 13:57.0, only 2o seconds away from 3rd and a medal!

Next up after a long lunch break were the boys of the 4x800m relay consisting of Freshman Jonathan Torres, Fransisco Abundiz and Evel Garcia and Sophomore Ever Rodriguez.  The boys fared well against a tough line-up and windy conditions placing 7th overall with a clock time of 11:01.0.  Outstanding performance of the four goes to freshman Evel Garcia who came out of nowhere and passed up 2 teams on the anchor leg with a PR of 2:31!

The 100m dash trio of Sophomores Pheonix Ingram, Palemon Soto, and junior Marvin Prudencio seemed unscathed by the head-on winds they ran against on the 100m straight. All three boys clocked in season PRs of 12.79 (Ingram), 13.38 (Soto) and 14.14 (Prudencio). The sprint boys have made small, steady improvements each meet and are on track to run their fastest times at district at the end of April.

Surprise all-star performance of the day goes to sophomore Palemon Soto in the 400m dash.  Palemon took the place of an already-registered absent runner just to see how he’d fair in the 1-lap race.  To give context to the performance, Palemon ran on average 1:50-2:00 minute quarters throughout cross country season.  A brand new athlete showed up to the races though, running a LIGHTING PR of 1:07.5 for the race.  That is almost a 50-second drop in time for a distance that you typically only see mere seconds dropped! Shout out to Palemon for stepping up to the challenge and far exceeding any self-doubt or previous expectations!

The freshman boys of the mile (Daniel Moreno, Fransisco Abundiz and Jonathan Torres) had a rough go batting headstrong winds of the home stretch for 4 laps.  There were no PRs for the day, however all 3 did accomplish a very important goal that will come in handy at district.  They each finished well in front of the purple jersey of Yes Prep North Forest, meaning that our boys are well aware of the level they need to push in 3 weeks!

Rounding out the day was the last-minute thrown together 4×400 squad.  In the absence of two legs of the 4×4, freshman Evel Garcia and newfound quarter-miler Palemon Soto rose to the occasion to fill in the open spots.  The team pumped themselves up for the big race and had fun with the mile relay.  Stellar performance of the 4 came from Javier Garcia, who ran under 60 seconds for the first time this season with a 59:00.0 even.  Running sub-60 is NOT an easy feat, so shout out to Javier for pushing himself on his relay leg, despite the absence of the original relay team members.

Up next is the Logos Prep Relays in Sugar Land, TX, the Mavericks last regular season meet this year before the district championships.  If you see the athletes around campus, wish them luck on their journey to district!

See you at the races!

–Coach Mach