37-year old record falls
in 200, as 13 Owls head to regionals
Devine -- The oldest Hondo Owl track record finally
toppled last Thursday, April 17, after it had stood for 37 years.
At Thursday’s 29-AAA/30-AAA area track meet, held at Devine’s
Warhorse Stadium, Hondo junior Marquis Martinez cut
five-hundredths of a second off the school record in the boys’
200-meter dash, when he ran a 22.12 to place second in the event
and earn a trip to the Region IV-3A meet this weekend.
The old mark of 22.17 was held by Roger Faseler, who set it in
1977. (That record was actually established in the 220-yard dash,
with the time mathematically converted to the roughly equivalent
metric distance of 200-meters by Jeff Berger in the mid-1990s.)
Martinez is one of four individual members of the Hondo boys’
track team, in addition to the 4x400-meter relay team, to advance
to the region meet, courtesy of a top-four finish.
On the girls’ side, Reagan Luce led the Owls to third place
in the team standings with 81 points. Luce will be going to
regional in the maximum five events, along with two other
individuals and two relays.
In the boys’ division, where Hondo placed seventh among the
12 teams at area, scoring 45 points, Willie Keilman will be
competing at region in three events. He won the long jump at area
(after placing fourth at district) with a leap of 20’8.25”. He
was also third in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.23 seconds.
The boys’ 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of Santos
Esparza, Santiago Rodriguez, Junior Alfaro and Keilman placed
fifth at area, with a time of 3:33.76, but will be advancing to
regionals, after Ingleside, the second place team at area, pulled
its mile relay team out of Saturday’s meet at Kingsville.
Carson Stoner equalled his best mark in the pole vault,
clearing 13’0” and finishing third at area.
Alfaro also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles, qualifying
for region in a time of 41.17. Alfaro placed sixth in the
110-meter hurdles, in 17.30, and Keilman was fifth in the triple
jump, going 40’1.5”
For the Hondo girls, Luce won the 100-meter hurdles in a time
of 14.93, and won the 300-meter hurdles in 45.43.
She was second in both the long jump (16’8”) and the high
jump (5’3”), and anchored the 4x400-meter relay team to a
second place finish. The team, comprised of Andrea Dominguez,
Kyrsten Gibson, Sonia Salazar and Luce, ran a 4:11.27.
The 4x200-meter relay team, of Dominguez, Elizabeth Simpson,
Gibson and Salazar, ran a third place time of 1:49.08.
Emily Reed cleared 9’6” in the pole vault, to place fourth
and advance to regionals.
Andi Theis triple jumped 34’8” to earn fourth in that event
and a trip to region.
Ally Bermea placed fifth for Hondo in the 100-meter hurdles,
with a time of 17.17. Gibson was sixth in the long jump, with a
mark of 15’4.24”, and Simpson was sixth in the triple jump,
The Owls’ 4x100-meter relay placed fifth, with Gibson,
Simpson, Dominguez and Salazar running a time of 51.20.
Running prelims, the 3200-meter run, and half the field events
at the regional meet will be held on Friday, April 25, at Javelina
Stadium at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The remainder of the field
events and all running finals will take place on Saturday, April
26. The top two finishers in each event will advance to the UIL
State Track and Field Meet, May 9-10, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on
the UT-Austin campus.