Shorthorn student athletes take it in stride at regional track meet

MARFA - With softball’s Bi-District game and the Regional Track Meet both being held at San Angelo, the Shorthorn fans came out in full force to support the Marfa’s athletic program.

For the girls Georgina Brugette (400m, 4x400, High Jump, 100h), Kaci Flores (sprint relay, 4x400), Kendra Serrano (3200m, 4x400, high jump, sprint relay), Avery Beltran (4x400m 400m, 200m, long jump), Isabella Morales (4x100), Elena Hernandez (4x100), Alexia Marquez (shotput), and Tais Chanez (100m, sprint relay) competed strongly for Marfa with Brugette and Beltran both making it into the finals in their respective events. The 4x400 team of Brugette, Beltran, Flores, and Serrano ran their personal best time of the season in the event, bringing a lot of promise to next season’s possibilities.

Senior Kevin Pippen (shotput) was a four year Regional Qualifier for the Shorthorns and made a name for himself the last two seasons of his career with some of his best throws coming in his junior year. Also for the boys, sophomore, Bryan Torres (800m), competed well in his respective events and posted his best personal time in the event by 15 seconds.

This year, one of the state’s best 1A times in the 400m, 200m, and 100m events belonged to one of Marfa’s own who has worn the purple and white for 4 consecutive years. Senior, Arron Luna, who has two state appearances in track in his career, headed into his first preliminary event of the Regional Meet in the 100m run. After clearing the first 50m of the event, Luna pulled up with a strained hamstring and was unable to compete in the remainder of the qualifying events and therefore had to scratch in the long jump, 400m, and 200m run.

Coach Josh Kelly stated that although disappointed that Luna would not be able to his third State Meet after countless hours of early morning practices and late practices and drives to the Alpine High School track, Luna will hopefully be able to run at the collegiate level after graduating.

Marfa returns all of this season’s Regional Track qualifiers on the girls side next season with Brugette leading the way with her best times of her career this season and the remainder of the relays, and a lot of speed coming up from the junior high ranks.