FINLEY - Warm weather benefitted the Mabton High School track and field team at the Riverview High School Invitational held Tuesday afternoon. The team placed second at the four-school meet.
Mabton senior Ryan Harris had a big individual day, scoring 20 of the boy's 59 points. He had two firsts and two seconds on the day, said Mabton Coach Rob Roettger.
"I was really proud of his effort and the leadership he displayed, " said Roettger.
Harris took first place honors in the high jump at 5-6 and in the javelin at 124-8. His second place honors came in the triple jump at 35-6 and as a member of the Vikings 4x400-meter relay team.
The 4x400-meter team, which also includes Pedro Huecias, Luis Quintero and Ozzie Medina, completed the course in a time of 3:58.
Senior Webster Lopez also had a great day at Finley, claiming first place honors in the 3,200-meter with a time of 11:01. Lopez went on to finish the 1,600 with a time of 5:08 for second place honors.
Medina, a senior, placed second in the 800-meter race to establish a personal best time of 2:14.
"I think he had a shot at going under 2:10," Roettger said.
"We'd only moved him to the 800 a week ago," Roettger explained.
Also turning in fine efforts for the boys squad was Moises Gutierrez, who was third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.3, and third in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 46.1. He also claimed fourth place honors in the triple jump with a distance of 34-3.
Quintero was third in the high jump with a distance of 5-2 and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at 50.4.
Robert Marquez was second in the discus with a throw of 97-6. He also was third in the shotput with a distance of 38-6.
Claro Calzada was third in the discus with a distance of 85-6, while Vicente Tovar was fourth with a toss of 74-11. Calzada also took fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 33-7.
Rounding out the boys' efforts was Huecias with a fourth place finish in the 200-meter with a time of 25.85.
The Lady Vikings earned 42 team points Tuesday, with sophomore Daniela Aguilar contributing 17 individual points to the total score. Aguilar was first in the 200-meter with a time of 28.5 and second in the 100-meter at 13.44 seconds. She picked up another second place finish competing in the triple jump, where she turned in distance of 29-5. She claimed third place honors in the long jump with a distance of 13-3.
Also turning in a fine individual effort was Lupita Gomez, who was third in the triple jump with a distance of 29 feet. The junior also took second in the high jump at 4-6, which was a personal best for her. She then took fifth in the long jump at 12-9.
Freshman Vanessa Gonzales was first in the javelin with a distance of 78-7.
"She was so excited and I was very happy for her," said Roettger.
Freshman Veronica Sustaita was third in the 1,600 with a time of 7:12 and was fourth in the 800-meter with a time of 3:24, putting her right behind Mabton junior Anabel Diaz, who was third in the 800 with a time of 3:22. Diaz trailed Sustaita in the 1,600-meter with a time of 7:13, which was good for fourth place.
Yadira Calzada was fifth in the javelin with a personal best throw of 43-2.
The Mabton squad will host the second annual Mabton High School Invitational this Thursday.