By CLINT FOSTER
SPRINGTOWN – The Rams and Lady Rams of Mineral Wells High School orchestrated a strong showing at the District 6-3A Track Meet in Springtown's Porcupine Stadium, last Wednesday and Thursday.
Not only did both varsity teams finish in the top three of their respective competitions, but Mineral Wells also saw a grand total of 26 athletes qualify to advance to the Area Track Meet, also in Springtown, this Wednesday.
Both the Rams and Lady Rams also combined for seven first place finishes and 21 trips to the podium.
The Lady Rams' varsity was the team to toast, finishing second overall with 153 points.
Six of Mineral Wells' seven gold medal winners were Lady Rams. Alex Pearcy came away with the most first-place finishes with three. She won the 800 meters and 1600 meters in 2:33.7 and 5:48.44, respectively.
Behind her was Yesenia Martinez, who finished third in the 800 with 2:38.67 and fourth in the 1600 with 5:58.45. Karessa Fowler also competed in the 1600, crossing the finish line second with a time of 5:49.28.
Pearcy's final gold came in the 4x400-meter relay, which she ran with Katlyn and Raeann Rivera and Kylie Burke. The four girls posted a time of 4:13.01, which is sure to be competitive at the area meet.
Also finishing first in other events were Valerie Lord, Raeann Rivera and Burke.
Burke won the 400-meter dash in 1:03.97, beating teammate Katlyn Rivera, who came in sixth with a 1:07.99 mark.
Raeann Rivera was the victor in the 100-meter hurdles, running away from the competition with in 16.29 seconds. Also placing was sixth-place Makayla Cantu with 19.57.
Lord's win came in the pole vault, where she catapulted herself 6 feet and 6 inches into the air. Her flop beat out Katlyn Rivera, who came in second with a 6-foot vault.
Raeann Rivera also qualified for areas in the 300-meter hurdles, where she finished third in 51.05.