The Javelinas returned to the great outdoors Saturday in Corpus Christi, save for the nine athletes who traveled to Kansas for the Indoor National Championships. Overall the Javelinas took 13 top three finishes, four of them gold.
None of Coach Tim Miller’s athletes made it to the National Indoor Championships, but his throwing teams certainly competed like they were gunning for a title. The Javelinas managed to qualify an athlete in the finals for each of the throwing events.
Christian Garcia and Richard Cervantes managed to earn two medals each, in both shot put and discus, while Kenny Zamorano put up second in the hammer throw.
Meanwhile in the women’s competitions Valerie Vrana finished with a bronze in shot put with a 13.89 meter throw and Yesenia Ruiz placed fifth in discus (39.65 meters) and eight in hammer throw. Rounding out the throwing team was Cheyanne Nalle with a fourth place finish in hammer throw.
The windy conditions presented a challenge to the throwers. “In disc you want a headwind, and we had a pretty strong tailwind most of the day, so it was kinda dead”, Coach Tim Miller said, “but I’m pretty happy overall”
In the jump competitions the Javelinas fared even better. With Lutelo Boyce with the Championship team in Pittsburgh, it was up to James Passley to pick up the slack. He placed second in long jump with a 6.92 meter jump, a more than half-meter improvement over his jump in the LSC Indoor Championship. He also picked up fourth in the triple jump.
On the Women’s side Aricela Alvarez lead the charge with two second place finishes, one in triple jump (an 11.99 meter leap) and in long jump (5.61 meters). Joining her was Molly Martinez, who finished 3rd in triple jump (11.53 meters) and fourth in long jump (5.33 meters). Other highlights included LegGae Brigance finishing 2nd in high jump (1.67 meters) Janeth Navarro finishing fourth in pole vault.
Although most of their fastest runners were absent, the Javelinas showed off their depth, scoring a few first place finished in the track events.
It started off with a bang in the men’s 1500 meter run. Francisco Solis began the race fairly strong, but fell behind to around third/fourth place by the final lap. However in the final 200 meters he turned on the afterburners zipping past the other competitors en route to a first place win on a time of 4:01.80.
The 4X100 relay team pulled off a similar feat, falling behind to around the same position as Solis, only to burst on the final 100 meter stretch for the win.
Aside from that it was another Saturday at the track for the Hoggie run teams. Courtney Macon and Jeremy Malvern took the 110 meter hurdles and first and second, respectively, with respective times of 14.85 and 14.88 seconds. The women brought home second place in the 4X100 meter relay with a 48.10 second time, while Britteny Holcombe finished fourth in the 100 meter and Teandria Taylor finished fourth in the 200 meter.
The Javelinas join back together as a team to host the Cactus Cup in Kingsville at Javelina Stadium next Saturday, March 19th