PHARR - Eduardo Uria, a PSJA Southwest Early College High School junior represented the USA in Lima, Peru on May 13-14 after placing third at the Pan American Race Walking Cup Trials in Philadelphia earlier this year and making the USA Team.

Uria is part of the South Texas Walking Club where Coach A.C. Jaime has molded many local athletes to become international racewalkers, representing South Texas and the United States at various national and world race walking meets.

“Eduardo’s work ethic is awesome. He deserves the honor of representing the USA in Peru and we are thankful to his teammates, PSJA Memorial Early College High School sophomore Jonathan Aguilar, PSJA North Early College HS sophomore Emely Antuna and McAllen Memorial HS freshman Johan Espinoza for joining him on many of his 10, 15 and 20K practice work-outs he normally does along Veterans Road on weekends,” said Coach Jaime. "These athletes are four of the 38 club athletes that have earned 97 gold medals during the clubs 20-year history."

Not only is Uria a great athlete, but he is an all-around student at PSJA Southwest with membership to the school's Robotics Club, member of the school's Mariachi and a State Solo and Ensemble Violinist. He also finds the time to tutor his peers needing additional help on their academic work. He is a member of the school's Cross-Country team and has participated in many UIL Academic events.

Academically, he is a top student and expects to finish an Associate Degree in Mathematics from South Texas College his senior year.

Uria is following the same footsteps of many of his former race walk team members, starting with PSJA Alumnae Amberly Melendez. According to Coach Jaime, Amberly too was the top South Texas Walking Club race walker last year and was thought after by 18 colleges, not only because she was one of the top two high school race walkers in the USA, but also because of her academic success at PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School in Pharr. She received a full four-year scholarship from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin.

Other top South Texas Race Walking Club members that have excelled in school and have received full university scholarships in the sport include: Chris Dias of PSJA North ECHS; Alejandro Chavez of PSJA ECHS who earned a spot on the USA Pan American Cup Race Walking Team that participated in Columbia and Chile in 2011 and 2015. He also made the 2012 and 2014 USA World Cup Teams that participated in Russia and China plus other USA Teams that participated in Mexico and Canada. Chavez was also sought after by more that 15 colleges and accepted a full scholarship from Missouri Baptist University where he graduated with honors. He now works out of St. Louis for the HM3 Engineering firm of McAllen. Geraldo Flores of PSJA Southwest ECHS was always helping disabled students at his high school and followed Chavez in becoming the top race walker for the South Texas Walking Club. He earned many State and National Junior Olympic Championships, represented the USA at the USA vs. Canada meet in 2013 and was also heavily recruited by many colleges. He accepted a scholarship in 2014 from Goshen College in Indiana.

Uria now hopes to represent the USA just as well as his South Texas Walking Club team predecessors, and some day also receive a full four-year college scholarship to continue his education.