Harlingen South shines at annual Bobby Morrow relays

SAN BENITO — The 2018 track season is underway and the Harlingen South boys team got the campaign started on the right track.

The Hawks finished with 92 points to win the team title at the annual Bobby Morrow Relays on Friday at San Benito High School.

Weslaco High finished in second with 70 points while Brownsville Hanna finished in third with 65.

In the high jump, South’s Adrian Morales finished in first with a 6-00 and San Benito’s Marco Salinas finished in third with 5-08.

“It was the first event of the year and I thought Marco had a good showing,” said Hawks coach Ralph De La Rosa. “He had a really good attempt at 6-2, but just didn’t have enough momentum to get him over the bar and he hit it on the way down, but it’s not a bad start to the season.”

South’s Sammy Ruiz finished fourth in the pole vault with a 10-06 while Weslaco’s Jon Zapata finished in first with a 14-00.

The discus was where the Hawks made their biggest mark. Sky Tatum led the way with a 160-05 jump, Chase Harrell followed with a 152-01 and, in third place, Andrew Ott finished with a jump of 148-09.

Friday’s wet weather had a hand in cancelling the long jump, triple jump and the shot put competitions.

“We were a little rusty but we had some things that we needed to see,” said De La Rosa. “The kids did what we expected and we gave a lot of kids an opportunity. We also got to see a lot of teams in our district and they looked strong and fast, but we were able to score points and were able to get some key points in some events.”

On the girls side, South’s Annelle Rodriguez won gold in the high jump with a leap of 5-01. In the pole vault, Rio Hondo’s Neftali Estrada took first place with a jump of 8-00 and in second place was San Benito’s Karina Gonzalez, who cleared 6-06.