After a season of ups and downs, three Rattlers will head to the UIL Conference 6A Region IV this weekend, with juniors Qiera Green and Exavion Harris competing in the triple jump and freshmen Alexandria “Ally” Juarez running the 800 meters. .
“Last year we went to the Area, and both (Green) and Ex did great in the District,” said San Marocs head coach Marissa Mendoza. But when we went to the Area, it was sophomore, it was babies competing younger and older who had already been there. So they both had some hiccups in the Area last year, but I think a lot of that had to do with mental toughness ώρα Now they’ve been to the Area, they did it. So it will be exciting to see them compete on Friday.
“As I said to Ally, you know, it’s a huge achievement, especially as a freshman, to make it to the Regionals. And it’s the second sport she did in the Regionals in – she did it in cross country and now she does it again. This is a huge deal. “
Green is the only member of the group to be a member of the track and field team all year round. She said she had a “tough” start to the season and then overextended her knee, forcing her to miss three weeks. Green returned on time for the Seguin Matador Relays on March 26 and has been improving ever since.
She won her second consecutive triple title in the District 26-6A meet on April 13, jumping for 36-8. Green finished third in the Area meet last weekend to qualify for the Regionals. With its personal record at 37-0.75, Green hopes to jump somewhere between 37-5 or 38-0 this weekend.
“(Triple is) somewhat different in similar, people seem to struggle with it. “But I was very good at it and I like to have only three steps,” Green said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Harris entered the season late, playing defensive back for the San Marco football team and guard for the basketball team. He said he follows his father, Luther, who played basketball and played in the triple jump when he was in high school.
He qualified for the Area race in both the triple jump and the long jump, placing first and third in the Region race, respectively. Harris scored 46-9.25 in the triple last weekend, a top 25 in the state.
Harris attributed some of the skills he acquired with football and basketball teams to his success this year.
“I think they all play a role together because it’s like jumping,” Harris said. “Because you need jumps in basketball for lay-ups. And after football, if you are a receiver or DB, you have to jump, get high balls like that. “I think everything plays a role and helps you become stronger in every sport.”
Juarez started the year in cross country and then played football in the winter before returning to the track and field team. Mendoza said that Juarez is one of the most energetic athletes she has ever worked with.
The freshman said he was a little nervous when he entered this season, not knowing what to expect. Since then, however, he has settled and took fourth place in the Area meet to qualify for the Regionals. She hopes to improve her PR at 2:20.
“It’s a fun environment,” Juarez said. “Like, we make a lot of friends and a lot of your friends get involved because it’s something that all sports do to get better.”
The UIL Conference 6A Region IV takes place at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio on April 29-30.
“Our expectations are just, as I said, to go out there, have fun, compete and do our best, and we hope all the PRs end well,” Mendoza said.
“I have been coaching for almost 15 years,” said assistant coach Marvin Nash. “It’s just a pleasure to train kids who are so excited and so trapped and so involved in the sport. “I think I could go another 15 if I can continue to train kids like that.”
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