Mule Track @ Muleshoe (3-21-14)
The Mules defeated all comers in the seven-team Mule Relays Friday afternoon. They scored 154 points to defeat second place Abernathy by 10 points. Plainview, Littlefield, Post, Brownfield and Ralls also trailed the Mules in that order.
The Mules won four gold medals, two silver medals and five bronze medals during the meet.
Eli Leal and Tony Castillo got the Mules started in the meet with gold and silver medals respectively in the high jump. Leal cleared five feet 10 inches for the gold medal and Castillo leaped 5-8.
Castillo earned a bronze medal in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10-6 in the pole vault. Austin Ross won the bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 20-9.50. Keagan Gonzales made a bronze medal throw in the shot put of 36-4. David Rodriguez heaved the shot 33-4 for four place and John Stiles placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 32-3.
Cristian Lopez finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 101-50 and Stiles placed sixth in the event with the same distance. Antonio Vasquez hop, skip and jumped his way to sixth place with a distance of 37-1.
Ross won the silver medal in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.75 seconds. Matthew Barron finished fourth in the same event with a time of 23.4. Ross topped the winners stand in the 400-meter dash with a gold medal time of 52.82.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Jose Angel Mendoza, Nate Rosas, Beto Diaz and Francisco Elizalde had a silver medal time of 45.82. Jesus Manzanares and Cristian Paez ran gold and silver medal times of 2:10.18 and 2:12.14 respectively in the 800-meter run. Noah Del Toro finished sixth in the same event with a time of 2:20.55.
The 4x200-meter relay team of Diaz, Elizalde, Manzanares and Barron won the bronze medal with a time of 1:36.11. Leal finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.18.
Mendoza, Rosas and Diaz finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the 100-meter dash with times of 11.66, 11.69 and 11.72. Del Toro won the bronze medal in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:22.30.
The Mules and Abernathy were in a battle for first place in the meet with the final race of the day, the 4x400-meter relay, about to start. Leal, Manzanares and Paez had the Mules in second place when Ross took the final handoff of the baton. The Mules were trailing Abernathy by 15 meters at the time Ross got the baton.
Ross had made up the distance by the final curve and then was running even with Abernathy around the curve. Ross crossed the finish line a half a step in front of the Antelopes. The Mules ran a gold medal time of 3:38.73.
The Mules will run in the Abernathy Antelope Relays Friday March 28.