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Trojans, Lady Trojans gain valuable experience at Region IV track meet
by Bruce Harper
May 21, 2009 | 571 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lady Trojan Shanise Wilson throws the discus during warm-ups on Friday afternoon at the Region IV meet at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.
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The Trojans and Lady Trojans who made it to the Region IV track and field meet last weekend may not have placed or qualified for state but most have a shot at returning next year.

“This past weekend was a good overall experience for the Beeville athletes. With five underclassmen there to compete and observe the weekend, I feel that they gained valuable experience that can help them in the years to come,” said Trojan track coach Stephen Silva.

It was all about performance at a higher level and the Beeville athletes found out what it will take. Senior Eric Soza did qualify for the Saturday finals in the 300-meter hurdles and finished sixth in the fast event at Alamo Stadium on Saturday with a time of 40.65.

Johnny Hernandez, a sophomore, qualified for the finals in the discus and finished eighth overall at the region meet.

Sophomore Colt Burchett finished seventh in his 100-meter heat, not making it to the finals on Saturday. The 800-meter relay team was disqualified for a late hand-off of the baton outside the exchange zone. The foursome will lose just one runner as Soza graduates this year, but Burchett, Sebastian Rodriguez and Adam Garcia will all be back on the track next year.

“It is hard to come by seniors who are committed to competing their whole high school career. I would like to acknowledge both Eric Soza and Matt Botello for their four years of competing,” Silva said.

“Their commitment and effort is greatly appreciated.”

The Lady Trojans had sophomore Shanise Wilson in the finals of the two weight events on Friday. Wilson placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 39-08 and was fifth in the discus with a throw of 114-7.

The relay team of Sandra Narvaiz, Calli Barber, Chelsea Contreras and Ruth Owunna had trouble on an exchange during Friday’s prelims and did not qualify for the finals.

“We are looking to have a better year next year, especially since Owunna and Contreras will be returning. We also have Josefa Hernandez, the Patterson twins, Alyssa Luna and others from the JV squad who will make great strides next year with some hard practice,” said track coach Stella Resio.

“We are also excited about the incoming freshmen who did a great job last year in eighth grade and I am expecting to add some to the varsity team if they continue to improve from last year.”
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