PHOTO / MARK LEMONS
will represent HHS track in four events at today’s area meet, to
be held at Poteet High School.
Hondo track sends 14 to area meet
Devine -- Both Hondo varsity track teams placed fifth
last weekend in the District 29-AAAA meet, held Wednesday and
Thursday at Warhorse Stadium.
The boys’ team scored 85 points, while the girls’ had 52.
Fourteen Owls earned the right to advance to the area meet, for
Districts 29-4A and 30-4A, which will be held Thursday, Aproil 23,
at Poteet’s Aggie Stadium. The top four finishers in each event
at district qualify for the area meet. The area meet begins at 9
a.m. with the 3200-meter run and field events. Running events,
originally scheduled to begin at 3:30, have been pushed back to a
5:30 p.m. start time.
The top four finishers in each event at the area meet will then
advance to the Region IV-4A meet, Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, at
Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Javelina Stadium.
Fredericksburg won the girls’ team championship, while Devine
was the boys’ team winner. Fredericksburg also claimed first in
both the JV girls’ and JV boys’ divisions.
Hondo had three individual district champions in the varsity
portions of the district meet, with all of them occurring in the
Willie Keilman won the long jump, covering 20’2.25”, for a
two-inch victory over runner-up Dillon Ricord of Devine.
Carson Stoner was the champion of the pole vault, clearing a
height of 13’0”, three inches higher than Seth Levy, also of
Marquis Martinez won the 100-meter dash, sprinting a time of
11.27 seconds, which placed him just ahead of another Devine
athlete, Joe Guerrero, who ran an 11.31.
Martinez was also second in the 200-meter dash (22.66 seconds),
where the three fastest times were separated by just
three-hundreds of a second.
Junior Alfaro qualified for area by placing third in both the
long jump and the 400-meter dash. Keilman added an area appearance
in the triple jump with a fourth place showing at district, and
Matt DeLeon advanced to area with a third place finish in the
100-meter hurdles at district.
Hondo also had a runner-up finish in the 4x100 meter relay,
where Garrett Van Damme, Martinez, Brian Dominguez and Keilman
teamed to run a 44.22.
In other events for the Hondo boys, Santiago Rodriguez was
sixth in the pole vault, Keilman was sixth in the 100-meter dash,
and Enrique Morales was sixth in the 400-meter dash. The 4x200
meter relay team of Garrett Van Damme, Brad West, Jacob Theis and
Brian Dominguez placed fifth, while the 4x400 meter relay team,
consisting of Morales, Rodriguez, Keilman, and Alfaro, place
In the girls’ division, all three relay teams will advance to
In the 4x100, the team of Andi Theis, Krisann Bendele, Tammy
Ramirez and Eli Simpson ran a 52.17 to place third.
The other two relays will advance to area with a fourth place
finish at district. The 4x200 relay, with Simpson, Bendele,
Ramirez and Anhai Renteria, will run today, as will the 4x400
relay, with Theis, Ameyali Sanchez, Clare McNiel and Renteria on
the four legs.
In the girls’ triple jump, Theis and Simpson placed second
and third to move on to area. Theis will also go to area in the
400-meter dash, where she placed fourth.
Also for the Hondo girls, Lucy Mendoza placed fifth in the shot
put, while Simpson was fifth in the long jump and the 200-meter
Teams competing in the area meet include the six from 29-4A,
Hondo, Devine, Lytle, Bandera, Boerne and Fredericksburg, plus the
six from 30-4A, Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Pearsall,
Jourdanton, Pleasanton and Poteet.