With a state qualifier and four new school records, it would be a lofty goal for the Alice High School track and field team to top last season.

However, since almost every one of those responsible for Alice’s record-breaking track and field season is back this season, out-doing 2017 is a real possibility.

Alice’s track and field season begins Saturday morning at the Wildcat Relay at Gregory-Portland High School.

Leading Alice's list of athletes to watch is senior Criselda Cruz, who qualified for the Class 5A state track and field meet in the 300-meter hurdles last year. Cruz was a regional qualifier in the hurdles, triple jump and high jump. Cruz set a new school record in the triple jump when she jumped 37-5. The old record of 36-9 belonged to Gina Slayton.

Jakki Barrera is also back this season after setting a record in the 400-meter dash last year. The old Alice High School mark was 60.19 set by Alexandra Ramirez. Barrera’s time was 59.20. Barrera, a regional qualifier in 2017, is coming back after an MCL injury in the summer, so her season this spring depends on her progress, coaches said.

Julie Sepulveda advanced to regionals last season in the discus. She too is returning this season.

The Alice girls also have Gabby Canales back this season. She didn’t compete last season, but as a sophomore was a regional qualifier in the triple jump. Canales, now a senior, is expected to compete in the jumps and sprints.

The Alice boys have seniors Sean Molina and Orlando Espinoza and junior Sean Chapa returning. The three were part of Alice’s regional qualifying 400 and 800-meter relay teams last season. The group was responsible for setting a new school record in the 800-meter relay. Their record-breaking time was 1:29.35.

Molina broke the school’s record in the 100-meter dash. Molina had a season-best time of 10.59, breaking the old record of 10.66 held by Jose Briones.