Looking ahead to the regional track meet in San Antonio each year is a joyous yet daunting task for Valley athletes, as the step-up in competition on the way to state is definitely an eye-opener.
As the handful of city kids get set for the next level May 1-2, their best chance would appear to come from the distance runners, as has been the pattern in recent years.
That means the 1,600 meters, where on the girls’ side, EHS’s Hilda Galloso stacks up well against the runners who will meet her in the Alamo City. She ran a 5:19.90 to finish second at the District 31-5A meet last week. Looking at the field for SA shows her time as one of the best in the region, with most of the district champs motoring in the mid 5:20s.
In the 3,200, Galloso clocked an 11:47.31 at the 31-5A event, while most other champs coming in from the San Antonio area failed to break 12 minutes. A hard-running senior, Galloso, said to be contemplating joining her older sister, Diana, at The University of Texas-Pan American in the fall. She’s a safe bet to compete for the opportunity to travel to Austin for the state meet.
It’s going to be tougher for sister Robin in the 800. Galloso won the meet last weekend at Cats Stadium in 2:25.81, but she’s going to have to get into the teens on her next race to have a chance to advance. The top 800 time in the region is 2:17.68 by a gal from New Braunfels.
On the boys’ side, Luis Serrano of North continues to run well in the distances. The veteran strider broke 10 minutes in winning district, but the kids waiting for the regional race have gone as low as 9:35.81, meaning Serrano’s 9:56.69 will have to come down if he wants to keep it rolling for his senior campaign. He also stands a chance in the 1,600, as his 4:25.56 at the 31-5A wars gets him into the top six or seven for the next try.
In the relays, Econ’s boys checked in at 1:31.53 in the 800 to give them confidence heading north. Judson set a 27-5A meet mark with 1:27.00 last weekend, with Wagner close behind. It has not been the best sports season for the Jag program, but Coach Doug Erickson has his relay men clipping along at a very competitive pace heading into the big time.
Speaking of Econ, Gavino Galvan and J.D. Perez each came up big with 14-6 pole vaults to take the 31-5A title. Galvan will now face off against one of the best in the state, Logan Cunningham of Smithson Valley, a consistent 15-foot jumper the last two years. This might be the year for that Econ goes all the way. Perez has been declared ineligible and will sit out the regional meet.
For the 1,600 relay, Roosevelt is the king at 3:22.46, followed by Judson and San Antonio Southwest, each of whom has broken 3:23. North is in the mix at 3:21.81 for this event.
Marco Adriana is in his last hurrah at North, and his best shot at advancing to state could be in the 200. He ran a 21.72 at district, which places him in the middle of an impressive pack of racehorses from the San Antonio area, the best of whom cranked out a 21.22, this being a fellow from Roosevelt.
Led by Adriana, North’s sprint relay team has done well in the Valley, however its 43.12 jaunt at district is far behind the times turned in by the other teams headed to regionals. Wagner broke the 27-5A meet mark with 41.35 last weekend and the different between the two times might seem negligible to the outside observer. But those who know what it takes to trim two seconds off a relay time understand that the Cougars are up against it driving into May.
There may be some surprises in store next week, but the fact is, Valley athletes have routinely died on the vine against the best of the rest. Time will tell if they can dig down deep for enough time improvement to earn the honor of competing at state.
CITY REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
3,200: Luis Serrano, North
400 relay: North
800: Adrian Coronado, North
800 relay: Econ
200: Marco Adriana, Luis Del Rio, North
1,600: Serrano, North
1,600 relay: North
3,200: Hilda Galloso, EHS
800: Robin Galloso, EHS, Beckah Rodriguez, EHS
100 hurdles: Julissa Ramirez, North
100: Veronica Tabb, EHS; Shay Hernandez, Econ
300 hurdles: Ramirez, North
200: Tabb, EHS
1,600: H. Galloso, EHS
1,600 relay: North