GOLIAD — Facing the top athletes from their own District 30-3A and those from District 29-3A at the area track and field meet at Goliad High School Tuesday, San Diego High School earned two spots in next week’s Region IV-3A meet at D.W. Rutledge Stadium at Judson High School.
Senior Ryan Briones advanced by placing second in the long jump. Briones jumped 20-feet, 7.5 inches.
San Diego thrower Andrea Jimenez advanced in the shot put with a toss of 31-feet, 10-inches. She placed fourth in the event.
Briones and Jimenez were San Diego's two qualifiers in field events. Running events were set to take place Tuesday evening.
The top four finishers from every event advance to regionals.
Alice High School is competing in its area meet with the rest of District 30-5A and 29-5A Friday at Floresville.
The program has a host of athletes who placed at the District 30-5A meet at Gregory-Portland High School.
Senior Criselda Cruz swept the hurdles and finished the district meet as the girls’ top scorer and the Alice boys won gold medals in two relays.
Cruz won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. She also ran a leg in Alice’s 1,600-meter relay. This was a day after winning the high jump and the triple jump.
Gabriela Lainez placed fourth in the 200-meter run.
The boys won the 400-meter relay with Sean Molina, Sean Chapa, Jose Salinas and Weston Moore. They had a time of 43.28 to edge Veterans Memorial, Ray, Flour Bluff, Calallen and Gregory-Portland, which all finished within three-quarters of a second from each other.
The Alice boys also won the 800-meter relay.
Individually, Molina was second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.41.
Matthew Lara advanced to the area meet by placing fourth in the 800-meter run. Mark Salinas was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and Jeremiah Gonzalez was fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Alice senior Orlando Espinoza advanced to area in the long jump by placing third place with a jump of 20-feet, four inches.
Cristian Rivadeneyra placed fourth and advanced in the discus. He had a throw of 125-feet and nine inches at district.
Greg Rodriguez advanced in the triple jump with a jump of 40-feet, six and a half inches. Rodriguez, who was competing in only his second varsity meet, placed fourth.