Short-handed Lady ’Hounds a solid second at Bobby Morrow Relays

SAN BENITO — While the host San Benito girls track & field team had to settle for silver in Friday’s season-opening Bobby Morrow Relays, the fact they finished that strong had coach Axle Valle feeling great about the season ahead.

“We still have a lot of girls out due to softball and basketball, yet despite that we came in second. We feel super about that,” Valle said.

The Lady Greyhounds finished the meet with a total of 90 points. Brownsville Hanna won the girls team title with 102 points.

Leading the way for the Lady ’Hounds was Crystal Ibarra, Alejandra Bernal and Lauren Rodriguez.

Ibarra took home three medals on Friday, including gold in the triple jump with a jump of 34-04.50.

Bernal also medaled three times, including a first-place finish in the 200 dash with a time of 25.89.

Finally, Rodriguez took gold in the 3,200 run and narrowly missed out on a third-place finish in the mile run.

“She really set the tone for the rest of the team by coming out and winning the two-mile run to start the day,” said Valle of Rodriguez.

Up next for the Lady ’Hounds is the Sams Relays in Brownsville next Saturday.

Another team that fared well on Friday was Harlingen High, which took home bronze in both the girls and boys divisions.

On the girls side, the Lady Cardinals finished with a total of 80 points and were paced by Kristen Kattan, who won gold in the 400 dash with a time of 1:04.74, and Juliana Guerrero, who took home silver in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet.

The Lady Cards also came in first in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. The 4×100 relay team consists of Sara Alaniz, Jasmyn Tulloch, Autumn Mahatha and Yazmine Martinez. The 4×400 squad, meanwhile, is made up of Kattan, Tulloch, Martinez and Guerrero.

On the boys side, the Cardinals were led by Roel Renterria, who won gold in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. He was also part of the bronze-winning 4×400 relay team, along with Michael Medina, Art Benavides and Isaac Aguilar.

Aguilar also won a silver medal as part of the Cards’ 4×100 relay team. Running with Aguilar was Joe Reyna, Leo Tienda and Devin Rosas, who picked up a gold medal in the high jump with a leap of 6-02.

Brownsville Rivera won the boys team title with a total of 129 points and Mercedes, led by Zach Gomez, Matthew Ledesma, Dominic Christian Cavazos and Jonathan Reyes, finished in second.