CORPUS CHRISTI — After dominating the South Texas small school track and field circuit this season, Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco’s Mikel Escobar shared the track with some of the area’s big schools.
The results were the same. Escobar blew the competition away. The Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco track star won the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run at the annual Chatter Allen Relays at Cabaniss Field in Corpus Christi Saturday.
Escobar, a junior this season, won the 800-mete run with a time of 2:01.34. Raul Lopez of Corpus Christi Miller was second some four seconds back. In the 1,600-meter run, Escbar’s winning time of 4:40 was eight seconds better than the second-place finisher.
Escobar will be chasing a district championship when the Badgers compete in the district meet Monday in Sinton.
Alice had a couple of athletes place in the same meet. Erin Cavazos was second in the 400-meter run with a time of 51.80. Santos Alaniz was fourth in the same event, and Mathew Lara was sixth in the 1,600-meter run.
In the girls’ division, Griselda Cruz had an impressive outing. Cruz won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.40 and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.86. She was also second in the triple jump with a jump of 34-7.
Ariana Gomez was third in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:03.45 and Jakki Barrera was fifth. Hannah Martinez was sixth in the 800-mete run. Nadia Canales was third in the 300-meter hurdles.
The girls relay team of Barrera, Cruz, Gabriela Saldivar and Gomez, won the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:09.59.
Alice is hosting the Coyote Relays Thursday in Memorial Stadium. The track and field meet begins at 4:30 p.m.