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Webster Lopez claims first place honors in 3,200-meter run

OTHELLO - Cold, rainy and windy conditions didn't slow Mabton High School's Webster Lopez on his way to a win at the Othello High School Relays held this past Saturday.

The senior Viking claimed first place honors in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:07.8. He followed up his breezy first place win with a fourth place finish in the 1,600-meter event, competing against runners from nine teams. Lopez finished the course with a time of 5:10.

The Mabton Vikings boys claimed two third-place finishes in the sprints events, according to Mabton High School Track Coach Rob Roettger. He said the Vikings' 4x100 relay team, comprised of Ozzie Medina, Eric Tellez, Ramon Castillo and Pedro Huecias, finished with a time of 51.2 Regrouping for the sprint medley, the same runners finished with a third place time of 1:52.9.

In the field events, Ryan Harris made a good showing in the long jump, finishing in second place with a distance of 17-4. He also claimed second place honors in the high jump with a height of 5-6.

Moises Gutierrez came in fourth in the long jump with a distance of 17-2. Gutierrez also claimed third place honors in the intermediate hurdles, finishing with a time of 48.2.

Roettger said sophomore Robert Marquez made a first time out throw of 35 feet in the shotput and 94 feet in the discus.

He said Saturday's event called for a lot of team events. "We're a small team and didn't always have enough members in each event to count," he said.

Still, Roettger gave kudos to several members of his seven-member girls team, including junior Lupita Gomez, who made a decent showing in the triple jump with a distance of 27-10 and a long jump effort of 12-9-1/2. Also doing well her first time out this season was sophomore Daniella Aguilar, who triple jumped a distance of 25-5 and finished the long jump with a distance of 12-5. Junior discus thrower Regina Palomarez made a decent showing with a toss of 60 feet, while freshman Vanessa Gonzalez was good for a throw of 56-9 in the discus.

Roettger said his team of 19 athletes made a good showing at the Othello event and look forward to competing this coming Thursday at the Grandview Invitational.

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