Nineteen time high school All-American Alex Chavez of PSJA High School walked the second fastest one mile ever walked by a high school junior in the USA on March 20. The event took place in front of more than two thousand spectators at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, the site of the Nike Indoor High School Championship.
Alex finished second behind last year’s fourth place World Cup finisher Trevor Barron, a high school senior from Pennsylvania, and came to within one and one half second of breaking the existing USA high school junior record when he crossed the finish line in an amazing personal best time of 6:19.35.
Alex will now concentrate on getting ready to attend the New York World Cup Trials on April 11 and hopes to qualify to attend the May 15, 2010 World Cup Championship to be held in Chihuahua, Mexico. Chihuahua will be host to more than sixty of the world’s top junior racewalkers including the highly ranked racewalkers from Russia, China and Mexico.
2009 thirteen year age bracket Junior Olympic Gold Medalist Geraldo Flores of San Juan Middle School was the only eighth grader to qualify to participate at this meet. He crossed the finish line in seventh place, one place short of winning a high school All-American honor. The thirteen year old also managed to come home with a personal best time of 8:14.46.
2008 fourteen year age bracket Junior Olympic Gold Medal winner Diana Lee Flores of PSJA High School was not about to be out performed by the boys. The now fifteen year old high school sophomore was the only girl team member to travel to a meet this week and she, like Alex and Geraldo, managed to also come home with a personal best time of 8:52.47 from the National Scholastic Indoor High School One Mile Championship.
held at the New York City Armory on March 21.
The team is now concentrating on recruiting children from eight to eighteen years of age from throughout the Valley. Practice sessions are held daily from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the PSJA High School track field in San Juan. Any parent interested in having their children join the team may contact Coach A.C. Jaime at 956-821-6659.