Multiple athletes qualify for area meet


Both Gonzales boys and girls track and field teams are sending athletes to the area meet next week after their performances at the District 30-4A track meet last Wednesday and Thursday. Aiming for a district title, the Lady Apaches fell short with 129 points, taking second place to Cuero with 139. La Vernia placed third as a team with 120 points while Navarro was fourth with 109 points.

“We fell a little short,” head girls track and field coach Cully Doyle said. “Some of that, we can blame that on me however we look at it, because I think the girls worked extremely hard. We had a couple things that didn’t go our way on the field event side of it.”

Qualifying include Veronica Moreno, Peyton Ruddock, Devon Williams, Julianna Davis, Johnna Dalton, Sam Barnick, Shelby Davis, Caitlyn Blundell, Madison Blundell and Madison Singletary.

Nine Lady Apaches will be representing 12 events out of the 17, with a 13th event possible due to being an alternate.

“It’s good that we’re sitting here frustrated that we got second,” Doyle added. “Lot of people are happy with second, lot of people are happy with third, lot of people are happy with fourth. Our standards here are high and I want them high across the board and our standards are to win. So if we’re to fall to second, it would be a bad day. It was kind of a tough day for our girls because we did feel like we were going to win.”

Doyle did praise Cuero’s track and field team, including their head coach.

“I thought she did well with her team,” Doyle said. “I think they deserve credit. I appreciate her coming to us after the meet and bragging on our girls.”

Top six athletes (varsity girls):

  • 100-meter dash
    • Peyton Ruddock, fourth, 13.23
  • 200-meter dash
    • Madison Blundeell, sixth, 28.47
  • 400-meter dash
    • Sam Barnick, fifth, 1:02.89
  • 800-meter run
    • Veronica Moreno, second, 2:26.59
  • 1600-meter run
    • Veronica Moreno, third, 5:33.96
  • 3200-meter run
    • Veornica Moreno, second, 12:07.17
  • 100-meter hurdles
    • Peyton Ruddock, first, 16.46
  • 300-meter hurdles
    • Peyton Ruddock, first, 48.72
    • Maraia Mathis, sixth, 51.44
  • 4x100-meter relay
    • Madison Blundell, Sam Barnick, Madison Singletary Caitlyn Blundell, fourth, 51.26
  • 4x200-meter relay
    • Madison Blundell, Maraia Mathis, Jacey Henrichs, Caitlyn Blundell, fifth, 1:53.04
  • 4x400-meter relay
    • Shelby Davis, Maraia Mathis, Johnna Dalton, Sam Barnick, sixth, 4:22.78
  • Long jump
    • Sam Barnick, second, 16-10 ¼
    • Peyton Ruddock, fourth, 16-3 ¾
  • Shot put
    • Devon Williams, first, 36-6
    • Hayley Sample, sixth, 30-11
  • Discus
    • Devon Williams, first, 132-0
    • Juliana Castillo, fourth, 98-2
  • Triple jump
    • Johnna Dalton, first, 33-7
    • Sam Barnick, second, 33-4 ½
    • Shelby Davis, sixth, 31-0 ½
  • Pole vault
    • Caitlyn Blundell, second, 10-0
    • Caitlyn Rhoades, sixth, 7-6

On the boys side, Antonio Hernandez advanced in the 800-meter and the 1600-meter run. The 4x200-meter relay team of James Martinez, Aadam Martinez, JT Esparza and Seth Gibson advanced with a third-place finish. Esparza and Zach Davis advanced on the 100-meter dash. The 4x100-meter relay team of Zach Davis, Kenneth Cavit, Adam Martinez and Seth Gibson advanced to the area meet. Will Knox is the district champion in pole vault. Esparza advanced and hit a personal record in discus while Cavit won the district title beating his own personal record. Cavit also took second in the shotput.

The team placed fourth with 90 points. Winning the meet was La Vernia with 172 points, followed by Navarro with 134 and Cuero with 132.

Top six athletes (varsity boys):

  • 100-meter dash
    • Zach Davis, second, 11.76
    • JT Esparza, fourth, 11.87
    • Kenneth Cavit, fifth, 11.92
  • 800-meter run
    • Antonio Hernandez, second, 2:04.89
  • 1600-meter run
    • Antonio Hernandez, third, 4:58.17
    • Avery Almaguer, sixth, 5:02.79
  • 4x100-meter relay
    • Zach Davis, Seth Gibson, Adam Martinez, Kenneth Cavit, third, 44.79
  • 4x200-meter relay
    • Adam Martinez, James Martinez, Kenneth Cavit, Seth Gibson, third, 1:35.93
  • 4x400-meter relay
    • Antonio Hernandez, Adrien Rodriguez, Juan Castillo, Seth Gibson, fifth, 3:36.33
  • Shot put
    • Kenneth Cavit, second, 45-7
  • Discus
    • Kenneth Cavit, first, 141-7
    • JT Esparza, fourth, 133-1 ½
  • High jump
    • Will Knox, sixth, 5-10
  • Pole vault
    • Will Knox, first, 12-6