FLORESVILLE — Just like she did at the 30-5A track and field meet, Alice High School senior Criselda Cruz led the 29 and 30-5A area meet with a neck full of medals and a plaque declaring her the "High Point Performer" in the meet.
Cruz led all girls in scoring by winning the 100-meter hurdles and taking second in the 300-meter hurdles after a morning in which she medaled in both the triple jump and high jump. Cruz was second in the triple jump with a jump of 36.6.5. She was second in the high jump with a jump of 5-4.
She won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.41, a tenth of a second faster than second place Averie Griffith from Gregory-Portland.
Cruz beat defending state champion April Polansky from Flour Bluff in the 300-meter hurdles at the 30-5A meet, but Polansky won the race at the area meet Thursday with a time of 45.13. Cruz was second with a time of 45.32.
The girls have another regional qualifier in Gabriela Lainez, who placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.11. Angela Wilder of Corpus Christi Moody won the event with a time of 25.51.
Alice High School throw Julie Sepulveda qualified to the regional meet by placing fourth in the shot put Thursday afternoon.
The top four finishers in each event qualify for the Region IV-5A track and field meet at San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium next Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Coyotes’ 1,600-meter relay team turned in their fastest time of the season and just narrowly missed placing fourth and reaching the regional meet. The girls placed fifth with a time of 4:05.48. The fourth-place time by Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial was 4:05.46.