SAN ANTONIO — By a nose. By a foot, a leg or even a last-second lean.

Whatever it was, Alice senior Sean Molina, the Coyotes’ anchor in the 800-meter relay, narrowly edged LBJ’s final leg at the finish line to claim second place in the finals and win a trip to the UIL state track and field championships in Austin in May.

Molina trailed in the final leg but closed the gap and edged ahead in the final 25 meters.

It was redemption for the Alice boys who finished last year’s finals in fourth place.

Alice’s official time was 1:27.93, all of four-hundredths of a second ahead of LBJ. The team shattered the Alice High School record they set in the event in the preliminaries on Friday.

The relay team included Molina, senior Orlando Espinoza, junior Sean Chapa and sophomore Weston Moore.

The team set a new Alice High School record in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:29.03.

The same group of boys also reached the finals in the 400-meter relay with a time of 42.93, but did not advance in the finals.