Arabian track CRUSHES IT with 302 points at District 29-4A Meet; Earn 4th straight District Championship

Ok, I thought I was emphasizing a point last week when I put in the main headline the Arabians scored 224 points in their regular season track finale. Well, the Arabians crushed that 224 with a 302-point outburst at the District 29-4A Meet held last week at Warhorse Stadium. Devine claimed its fourth consecutive district championship with a 180-point domination of second place YWLA who scored a respectable 122.
“Wow!” said Head Coach Lon Cozby. “I’ve been to many dual and tri-meets where teams haven’t reached 300 points, so for us to do it at a meet with five teams really says something about the effort and focus our team demonstrated.”
Devine ISD should feel a little guilty making other schools pay their share of the medal’s invoice. Of the 17 total events including the three relays that make up a track meet, the Arabians had 11 individuals that achieved at least one event’s district championship, another seven took silver, while nine more won bronze medals.
Keep in mind, that some of those individuals earned multiple medals in different events as the Arabians won 41 first, second, or third place medals.
For the fourth completed season in a row, the Devine Arabians are District Champions. Take out last year’s COVID-shortened season, and the Arabians have won championships at the end of the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 track seasons.
Devine aims to add another Area championship to its resume on April 14 at Warhorse Stadium.
Gold medal winners for the Arabians was Kristina Moralez, Neenah Guerrero, Avery Cruz, Aaliyah Terrazas, Rylee Esquibel, Mckyenzie Flores, Megan Runyan, Bailey Oropeza, Kennedy Duncan, Kaylee Romano, and Brianna Bowyer.
Silver medals went to Duncan, Oropeza, Guerrero, Moralez, Esquibel, Angelina Rios, and Brooke Schott.
Bronze medalists were Terrazas, Esquibel, Rios, Brooks, Guerrero, Oropeza, Darian Alvarez, Jackie Schreck, and Mckayla Schnautz.
All of these student-athletes plus the fourth place finishers in each event advance to Area at Warhorse Stadium on Wednesday, April 14.
Devine had eight athletes score in the top ten individual point totals. Leading the way was Neenah Guerrero who busted loose for 34 total points. Teammates Avery Cruz and Brianna Bowyer tallied 30 while Bailey Oropeza netted 24 and Kristina Morales came in with 23 points.
Aaliyah Terrazas (22), Rylee Esquibel (19), and Kennedy Duncan (18) were the other top 10 performers.
Coach speak
“I’m proud of my throwers and what they’ve accomplished this year, looking forward to see us compete at area and then regionals.”—Throwers coach Devin Rotramel
Varsity team ranking
1st Devine 302, 2nd YWLA 122, 3rd Somerset 104, 4th Fox Tech 24, 5th Brooks Academy 12.
Arabian results
4x100m Relay—1st Kristina Moralez, Neenah Guerrero, Avery Cruz, Aaliyah Terrazas 51.47 4x200m Relay—1st Moralez, Guerrero, Cruz, Terrazas 1:50.97 4x400m Relay—1st Moralez, Rylee Esquibel, Mckyenzie Flores, Megan Runyan 4:29.06 100m Hurdles—1st Bailey Oropeza 17.59, 2nd Kennedy Duncan 17.61, 3rd Darian Alvarez 18.42 300m Hurdles—1st Duncan 51.13, 2nd Oropeza 54.70, 3rd Alvarez 56.64 100m Dash—1st Kaylee Romano 13.95, 3rd Jackie Schreck 14.23 200m Dash—1st Cruz 26.59, 2nd Guerrero 26.76, 3rd Terrazas 28.01 400m Dash—1st Flores 1:07.88, 2nd Angelina Rios 1:08.69 3rd Esquibel 1:09.49 800m Run—1st Brianna Bowyer 2:39.78, 3rd Rios 2:51.16 1600m Run—1st Bowyer 5:58.27 Long Jump—1st Guerrero 16’4½”, 2nd Moralez 15’11½”, 3rd Terrazas 15’9½” Shot Put—2nd Brooke Schott 30’8”, 3rd Mckayla Schnautz 29’4½”, 4th Khali Key 28’10½” Discus—2nd Schott 89’5”, 3rd Analea Brooks 86’10½”, 5th Viviana Torres 71’11½” Triple Jump—1st Cruz 32’11½”, 3rd Guerrero 31’10¾”, 5th Mackenzie Schneider 30’5½” High Jump—2nd Esquibel 4’4”, 3rd Oropeza 4’2”, 4th Sabrina Lindsey 4’0” Pole Vault—1st Bowyer 9’0”.
Top 10 point totals
1st Neenah Guerrero-Devine 34, Tie 2nd Avery Cruz-Devine, Brianna Bowyer-Devine 30, 4th Bailey Oropeza-Devine 24, 5th Kristina Moralez-Devine 23, 6th Aaliyah Terrazas-Devine 22, 7th Tse Morgan-Somerset 20, Tie 8th Rylee Esquibel-Devine, Ava Romero-TWLA 19, Tie 10th Kennedy Duncan-Devine, Sarah Morales-YWLA 18.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer