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April 11, 2014

MW Track: Hinojos, Gibbs shine in Jr. High district meet

By CLINT FOSTER

The Rams and Lady Rams track teams of Mineral Wells Junior High saw some strong individual performances at the district track meet, April 7-8.

Few had as good of a meet than eighth grader Maddie Gibbs, who won two events and placed in another. Gibbs was golden in the 2400-meter run, finishing with a time of 9:29.6, and again in the 1600-meter run, crossing the finish line in 5:51.

Gibbs also ran on the 1600-meter relay team with Kylah Carter, Sunni Lemley and Beatriz Martinez. The four girls finished seventh in that event, with a 4:34 mark.

Carter also placed in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 28.3 for sixth and Lemley finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles, posting a 53.6 time.

For the boys, seventh grader Brandon Hinojos was the one to watch, as he won the junior high boys' only first place in the discus with a throw of 112-foot-5. He also placed sixth in the shot put, tossing his weight 33 feet and 6 inches.

Also placing for the seventh grade boys were Ethan Bedell, who finished sixth in the 300-meter hurdles, and the fourth-place 4x200-meter relay team of Angel Batrez, Irving Batrez, Ryan Goodwin and Bedell.

The top performer among eighth-grade Rams was Noe Salazar, who finished second in the 2400-meters in 8:07.84. Trace Coe also placed for the eighth grade boys, finishing fifth in shot put and sixth in discus.

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