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Mabton's Lopez and Gomez claim firt place honors at Granger meet

GRANGER - The Mabton Vikings track team has a good day at the Granger High School track meet held Tuesday afternoon. Good weather and healthy athletes resulted in a number ofnotewothy efforts, said Mabton Coach Rob Roettger.

Leading the way was Webster Lopez, who set the pace in the 3,200, claiming first place honors with a time of 11 minutes flat. He also placed second in the 1,600, with a time of 5:10.

Mabton's Ryan Harris was second in the high jump with a leap of 5-6. He also threw the javelin for a distance of 130-9, which was a personal best for the Mabton senior. In the triple jump he placed fourth with a distance of 35-7, behind teammate Moises Gutierrez, who placed third with a distance of 36-5.

Gutierrez finished in second place in the long jump with a leap of 17-7. He ran the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48 seconds, which was good enough for a fourth place finish.

Robert Marquez placed fourth in both the discus and the shotput events, with distances of 90-8 and 36-7, respectively.

Fellow Viking Ozzie Medina ran the 800-meter in a time of 2:22, which gave him a second place finish in Tuesday's action.

Meanwhile, the boys 4x100 relay team placed fourth with a time of 52.3. The relay team included Medina, Luis Quintero, Ramon Castillo and Pedro Huecias. The boys 4x400 team of Medina, Quintero, Castillo and Harris finished in third place with a time of 4:04.

The Lady Vikings were led by junior Lupita Gomez, who was first in both the long jump and the high jump.

She improved her personal best distances in each event with distances of 14-7 in the long jump and 4-6 in the high jump. Gomez also claimed second place honors in the triple jump, improving her personal best to 30-1/2.

Long distance runners Anabel Diaz and Veronica Sustaita claimed third and fourth place finishes in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races. Diaz was the third place finisher in the 1,600 with a time of 7:27, while Sustaita was fourth in the race with a time of 7:22. Sustaita claimed the third place spot in the 800-meter with a time of 3:12, while Diaz was fourth with a time of 3:14.

Roettger said Yadira Calzada didn't place at Tuesday's meet, but she did improve her efforts in all three of her events.

"She threw the javelin a distance of 61 feet, and the discus a distance of 59-8," he said.

She then threw the shotput a distance of 23-3.

The Mabton team has the coming week off in order to prepare for the league championships to be held in Glenwood Friday, April 13.

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