Track notes: Bevy of area track athletes make the grade

With the 2018 track and field season in the books, the Texas High School Coaches Association released its Academic All-State and All-State lists with a plethora of talent stemming from the RGV.

Twenty-four athletes and managers from 12 schools including Harlingen South, Weslaco, McAllen, Sharyland and Port Isabel made the distinguished list.


Harlingen South’s Marcus Ramirez was named to the Academic All-State second team after having an impressive 2018 season. Ramirez qualified for the Class 6A state track and field meet and finished in fifth place with a vault of 16-00.00.

Weslaco High landed three on the Academic All-State list. Matthew De Santiago made the first team while Andrew Ledesma and Jon Jakob Zapata were named on honorable mentions.

Other notable names on the list were:

Pedro Segura, Edinburg Economedes, second team; Gunnar Henderson, McAllen, honorable mention; Paco Rodriguez, McAllen, honorable mention; manager Sydney Salinas, McAllen, second team; manager Ricardo Salinas, McAllen, honorable mention; Reynaldo Delgado, Sharyland, second team; Jimmy Esquivel, Sharyland, second team; Brandon Garcia Castaneda, Sharyland, first team; Alvaro Guzman, Sharyland, second team; Blake Klein, Sharyland, honorable mention; Brandon McCormick, Sharyland, first team; Diego Vela, Sharyland, honorable mention


One the girls’ side, La Feria’s Dariana Vasquez was named to the All-State team after an impressive season. The sophomore qualified for the Class 4A state track and field meet in Austin and walked away with a bronze medal for efforts. Vasquez finished the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:31.77.

Another 4A athlete to be named on the list was Port Isabel’s Natalie Garza. The senior was named to both the Academic All-State list (second team) and the All-State list. Teammate Susana Torres was also named on the list (honorable mention).

Other notable athletes on the list were:

Savannah Arguello, Edinburg North; Evana Ramos, Edinburg North; Priscilla Sanchez, Edinburg North; and Nyla Vela of Veterans Memorial, who was named to both the all-state and academic all-state list.