PORTLAND — It was close and the conditions were far less than perfect, but Alice High School track and field star Criselda Cruz had a perfect start to the District 30-5A track and field meet Wednesday morning.
The Alice High School senior came away from the field events part of the meet with gold medals in the triple jump and the high jump.
Facing District 30-5A’s 10 other school’s, Cruz cleared 5-foot, 4-inches in the high jump for her first medal. She then had a jump of 37-feet and five and three-quarters inches to win the triple jump. Cruz, who earlier this season broke her own school record in the triple jump, needed every bit of that jump to win the medal. She ended up taking first by only half an inch.
Cruz is now headed back to the area meet. The top four finishers in each event advance to the area meet.
Cruz is also competing in running preliminaries Wednesday evening.
A couple of other Alice athletes advanced Wednesday.
Thrower Julie Sepulveda is headed back to the area meet. She placed fourth in the shot put.
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.
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.
Senior Gabby Canales narrowly missed advancing to the area meet. She placed fifth in the long jump with a jump of 16-feet, three inches. She then placed sixth in the triple jump.