Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco’s Mikel Escobar is headed to the UIL state track and field meet with the fastest time in the Class 2A 800-meter run.

Moreover, Escobar’s time is almost two full seconds faster than the next fastest time, according to the UIL heat sheets going into the meet.

The state meet is at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin May 11-13. Escobar is scheduled to compete Saturday afternoon.

Escobar, who is already committed to run for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, advanced at the Region IV-2A track and field meet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville last week. He won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.97. 

Earlier this season, Escobar set a personal record in the 800 meters at the Meet of Champions in the valley when he turned in a time of 1:54.5.

Cash Kunzel of Burton has Class 2A’s second-fastest time with a 1:59.60 in the 800-meter run headed into the state meet..

In Class 5A, Alice High School junior Criselda Cruz has the third-fastest time in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles.  

Cruz’s qualifying time in the event is a 45.22. Elizabeth Adeoye of Mansfield Summit has the second-fastest time going into the event with a time of 45.20. The fastest time going into the meet belongs to April Polansky of Flour Bluff. Her qualifying time is 44.90.

Cruz advanced by placing second in the 300-meter hurdles at the Region IV-5A track and field meet in Alamo Stadium San Antonio last week.

Cruz is competing Friday night.