Cougar Track Competitors Represent at Area Meet
Congratulations to our Cougar track and tennis athletes, who've wrapped up their seasons of spring sports! And a special tip of the hat to two Dell City ninth-graders – Iris Ayala and Reyes Espinoza – who qualified for the area track meet in Buena Vista, and did great in that event Wednesday (April 14).
Iris competed in the long jump, and in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, at the Buena Vista meet. She took fifth place in the 300-meter and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, and she topped her previous best times – cutting two seconds off her time in both events, compared to the district meet.
Reyes, too, took his performance to another level at Buena Vista – shaving five seconds off his time in the 800-meter run, and clocking an impressive time of 2:36 in the event.
It was a long day for Iris and Reyes, and for our coaches, Joe and Trever Czubinski, who left Dell City for Buena Vista at 4:30 a.m., and returned just before 10 p.m.
The coaches praised the hard work of the two young athletes.
“They did really well,” Coach T said, “and they're both freshmen – they have three years to develop.”
Reyes and Iris had qualified for Buena Vista through their strong showing at the district track meet, held last Friday (April 9) in Van Horn for both high-school and junior-high competitors. Iris took second in the 100-meter hurdles there, and third in the 300-meter hurdles, as well as sixth in the long jump. Reyes took fifth in the 800-meter run, sixth in the 400-meter, sixth in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump. Fellow ninth-grader Luis Ayala also competed well in Van Horn – taking ninth in the shot put and 11th in the 100-meter run.
Our junior-high track team also did great at the Van Horn district meet. Seventh-grader Nicole Martos took first place in the 300-meter hurdles, as well fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, capping off a promising season. Fellow seventh-grader Brandon Crabb had an impressive day – taking first in the 110-meter hurdles, second in the 300-meter hurdles, and fifth in the long jump. Eighth-grader Luis Guillen took third in the triple jump, fourth in the 800-meter run, sixth in the long jump and ninth in the 400-meter run. And fellow eighth-grader Eli Tate took third in the long jump, fifth in the 100-meter run and sixth in both the 200- and 400-meter runs.
Our Cougar double tennis players – junior Esteban Morales and ninth-grader Luis Guillen – wrapped up their season with good play at the district meet in Fort Davis Monday (April 12), and they'll be back to develop their team play next season.
With spring sports over – Cougar coaches and athletes have turned their eyes to the fall, and six-man football. Dell City will field a varsity football team next year, for the first time in three years, and Coach Ski and Coach T started conditioning work with the students today.
Great work, Cougars – and we'll see everyone at Cougar Field, next fall!