Cougars Surge in Spring Sports
It's been a vibrant spring season for Dell City School student-athletes, with members of the tennis and track programs pulling in a haul of medals at district meets.
The Cougar tennis squad made the trip to Fort Davis on April 3 – and every Dell City competitor won a medal. Senior Reilly Czubinski won first place in boys' singles, and qualified for the regional tennis meet, scheduled for April 17 in San Angelo. The doubles team of freshmen Shania Vargas and Kaysie Burford took third place in Fort Davis – and the Cougars boys' doubles squad of Zechariah Rauch and Esteban Morales, also freshmen, followed suit with a third-place win. The two bronze-medal winning teams will also travel to regionals in San Angelo, as alternates.
Cougar athletes and coaches made another journey south and east the following day, April 4, when the junior-high and high-school track teams traveled for the district meet in Alpine.
Among junior-high competitors, seventh-grader Hallie Chavez took second place, and a silver medal, in the triple jump; third place in the 800-meter run; third place in the 400-meter dash; and fifth place in the 200-meter dash. Seventh-grader Kortney Burford won a silver medal in the 300-meter hurdles, and took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles. Seventh-grader Reyes Espinoza took fourth place in the 400-meter dash and fifth place in the 800-meter run. Eighth-grader Damien Spiers took fourth place in the 3200-meter run and sixth place in the 1600-meter run, and eighth-grader Jasper Vargas took fifth in the 3200-meter run.
It was an impressive day for high-school track competitors. Junior Christian Mendoza won two medals – a second-place silver in the high jump, and a third-place bronze in the long jump. Reilly Czubinski continued his gold-medal run from the previous day, and took first place in the 110 high hurdles, as well as fourth place in the triple jump – he qualified for the area track meet, to be held April 16 in Wink. Sophomore Jacqueline Mendoza won a bronze medal in the triple jump. Fresh from the previous day's tennis win, Kaysie Burford took second place in the 300-meter hurdles and third place in the 100-meter hurdles. Sophomore Tristan Smetak took two silver medals – with second place showings in the 3200-meter run and the 1600-meter run. Junior Maxine Burford took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles, and was also an area qualifier. And the Cougar 4x100-meter relay team – composed of Jacqueline Mendoza, Maxine Burford and juniors Kassandra Acosta and Hunter Wilson – took third place, and bronze medals.
Congratulations, Cougars – and best of luck at upcoming area and regional competitions!