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Marquis Martinez (right) won the 200-meter dash at the District 29-AAA meet on April 10, then finished second at area last Thursday, advancing to regionals with a school record time of 22.12.


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, covering 34’2”.

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.



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