SAN ANTONIO — A regional qualifier in four events, it seemed a given that Alice High School’s Criselda Cruz would run in another state track and field meet.

Well, it happened. Cruz placed second in the 300-meter hurdles at the Region IV-5A track and field championships at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio Saturday.

Cruz placed second in the finals Saturday afternoon to earn her second-straight trip to the state meet in Austin

Cruz came out of the 300-meter hurdles preliminaries with the best time. She was set to run in the event finals Saturday for a chance at running in the UIL state meet in May.

Defending state champion April Polansky of Flour Bluff was also in the event preliminaries, but was disqualified after a false start.

Cruz also qualified for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles.

Cruz also competed in the triple jump and high jump. She didn’t advance in the high jump, and a meet error kept her from taking second place and advancing to state. Cruz had a jump of 37-2.75 in the triple jump for second, but the final results listed her in second. Alice coach Marissa Acosta appealed the results to the regional meet appeals committee, but they didn't overturn the final results.

Acosta said the entire ordeal was “very disappointing.”

Gabriela Lainez competed in the 200-meter dash, and despite a solid time of 26.6, she failed to reach the finals.

Thrower Julie Sepulveda had a personal best of 34-1.5 in the shot put, but she did not advance to the finals.