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Track Area & Regional Meet Results


Marisela Rodriguez

Sophomores Aryca Ibarra, Marisela Rodriguez, and Rylie Furr holding junior Emma Samaron

Lizzy Garcia, Writer

The Lady Wolverines and Wolverines travelled to Vega on April 20th to compete at the Area track meet, and they did not disappoint.

With a distance of 41 feet, junior Xavyer Mosqueda placed first in shot-put, advancing to regionals as the only field event competitor for SE.

In the two-mile, junior Taytum Goodman placed 1st, freshman Aabriella Villanueva followed behind in 2nd, and sophomore Marisela Rodriguez finished with 4th place. Junior Emma Samaron placed first within the 300 meter hurdles, setting a PR of 47.66 seconds and fastest time in the region. Samaron also advanced to regionals in the 100 meter hurdles as 3rd place overall.  For the 800 meter run, Goodman swept 1st place with Villanueva taking 2nd. To wrap up for the individual running events, Goodman beat her mile time record with a 5:04, placing 1st once more.

As for the relay teams, all of them advanced on to regionals. Finishing in 3rd place, seniors Halee Toscano and Jenna Bridges and freshmen Violeta Martinez and Jessica Mendoza advanced to regionals in the sprint relay. In the 800 meter relay, Bridges, Martinez, and sophomores Aryca Ibarra and Riley Furr placed fourth. To wrap up the wins for SE, Samaron, Furr, Ibarra, and Villanueva took third place in the mile relay.

The athletes are very proud of their performance and looked forward to advancing beyond the regional level.

“I am very proud of how I performed at the area track meet,” Samaron said. “My goal for regionals is to not only advance to state, but to get first and faster.” 

During Area, the motivation to do the best and advance was at an all-time high. Runners were nervous but ready to do the best they could in their event, finding the best supporters in their teammates. 

“I was so nervous because I was ranked fifth in the two-mile,” Rodriguez said. “The mile was less nerve-wracking because I was confident that I had that one in the bag. My motivation was just the fact that I didn’t want to lose, and my friends, like Rylie and Emma, motivated me and cheered me on throughout all my races.” 

Even throughout the fears and worries, the athletes set out to surpass the goals they had set for themselves, and for some, setting those personal records and beating past records was the best part of the Area meet. 

“I felt really good about my performance,” Goodman said. “The best part of Area was when I beat my state record in the mile.” 

These athletes still have high expectations for themselves competing at Regionals and hope to meet them. As for their supporters, only the best was wished for. 

“I was confident that they would make it. They work hard everyday, never taking it easy on any of the workouts,” Coach Jeri Been Goodman said.

Those wishes came true. Last Friday and Saturday, the regional qualifiers travelled to Levelland to compete at the regional meet, and two Lady Wolverines will be attending the state meet in Austin next weekend. Junior Emma Samaron placed 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles and Taytum Goodman placed first in all of her events, qualifying them both for state.

“Super super proud of my two juniors,” Coach Been said.

Goodman is also excited to take home the gold at state, and the Wolverine nation supports her and Samaron as the head into the state meet this Friday and Saturday.

“I set a PR in the mile, 800, and 2 mile, and so I wanna break those again at state and get the state record in them again. Maybe I can get something more than the state record, like a national record,” Goodman said. “Can’t leave a record that can be broken. Time to get the next one.”