Eagle Spotlight – Track

Elijah Gaines took 1st place in the high jump at the District Track meet in Van Horn on Saturday, March 26th. Last year he won 1st in the district meet, then advanced on to the state track meet. His best recorded jump to date was 6'4"; today he cleared 6'8". This year he plans to win state! Good luck Elijah! (Photo by Pam Baugh)
Elijah Gaines took 1st place in the high jump at the District Track meet in Van Horn on Saturday, March 26th. Last year he won 1st in the district meet, then advanced on to the state track meet. His best recorded jump to date was 6'4"; today he cleared 6'8". This year he plans to win state! Good luck Elijah! (Photo by Pam Baugh)
Estrella Urias (9th grade) placed 1st in the high jump at the District Track meet in Van Horn on Saturday, March 26th. She had shown great ability in Jr. High, and just continues to improve in high school. Great job Estrella! (Photo by Pam Baugh)
Estrella Urias (9th grade) placed 1st in the high jump at the District Track meet in Van Horn on Saturday, March 26th. She had shown great ability in Jr. High, and just continues to improve in high school. Great job Estrella! (Photo by Pam Baugh)

By Coach Luis Garcia

On March 26, 2022, teams from around the area came together to compete in the district championships in Van Horn. Teams competing were Balmorhea, Dell City, Ft. Davis, Marfa, Sierra Blanca, Valentine, and Van Horn. The top 4 finishers from each event have advanced to the AREA Track Meet in Van Horn on April 14, 2022.

The Van Horn Eagles & Lady Eagles came away with several district champions. The highlight of the meet was Elijah Gaines elevating to a state-leading 6’-8’’ sensational jump that broke his own school record of 6’-4’’. Also winning gold in the field events was Ernie Garcia in the shot put (30’-0’’) and Estrella Urias in the high jump (4’-4’’). In the running events, the boys 400m relay (Ontiveros, Hinojos, Garcia, Virdell), 800m Relay (Ontiveros, Hinojos, Garcia, Gaines) and the 1600m relay (Gaines, Hinojos, Garcia, Virdell) ran their best time of the year and were also crowned district champions.

The results are:

VARSITY GIRLS DIVISION: Van Horn Lady Eagle finished 3rd overall.

  • 4x100m Relay-Sarah Allen, Estrella Urias, Aezlynn Carrillo, Elidia Mendez-2nd place (56.08)
    • 100m-Delilah Tarango- 4th (14.79)
  • 4x200m. Relay-Sarah Allen, Estrella Urias, Kaylah Corrales, Aezlynn Carrillo-2nd place (2:04.14)
  • 200m-Delilah Tarango- 4th (31.43)
  • 4x400m. Relay-(Kaylah Corrales, Elidia Mendez, Aezlynn Carrillo, Sarah Allen)-2nd place (5:02.84)
  • Long Jump-Aezlynn Carrillo 4th (12’-3’’), Kaylah Corrales-6th
  • Shot Put-Emrie Garcia-1st (30’-0’’) DISTRICT CHAMPION

    Alexia Calderon-3rd & Taylor Martinez-4th

  • Triple Jump-Elidia Mendez-2nd (28’-6 ½”), Britney Rivera-3rd (26’-7 ½”)
  • Discus Throw-Emrie Garcia-2nd (67’-6’’), Faith McJobujah-5th (65’-3’’)

Varsity Boys-Division -Van Horn Eagles finished 3rd overall.

  • 4x100m Relay-(Frankie Ontiveros, Caleb Hinojos, Cy Garcia, Bryce Virdell)-1st place (45.20) District Champions

100m-Jose Anchondo-6th place (12.94)

800m-Bryce Virdell-2nd place (2:17.54)

  • 4x200m Relay-(Frankie Ontiveros, Caleb Hinojos, Cy Garcia, Bryce Virdell)-1st place (1:35.20) District Champions

4x400m Relay-(Elijah Gaines, Caleb Hinojos, Cy Garcia, Bryce Virdell)-1st place (3:44.51) District Champions

200m-Frankie Ontiveros-2nd place (24.25), Joey Anchondo-5th (28.75)

4x400m Relay-Elijah Gaines, Caleb Hinojos, Cy Garcia, Bryce Virdell-1st place (3:44.51) District Champions

Long Jump-Bryce Virdell-2nd place (19’-6 ¼’’)

Triple Jump-Gabriel Gonzalez-3rd place (35’-5’’)

High Jump-Elijah Gaines-1st place (6’-8’’) DISTRICT CHAMPION & SCHOOL RECORD