Pirate Robert Wagner qualifies to State in 800m

Robert Wagner, a junior at Lytle High School, won second in the 800M run at regionals with a 1:59.98 to qualify for State.

Lytle Pirate junior Robert Wagner will compete at State after placing second overall in the 800m Run in Seguin at Regional last weekend. Wagner ran 1:59.98 to finish only .89 seconds behind Wyatt Hoover of Poth who ran 1:59.09 to claim the race’s individual championship.
Wagner also competed in the 1600m Run, placing 13th with a time of 5:01.96.
Alex Medina qualified for finals in Discus with a throw of 132’11½” to place third, almost qualifying for State.

Abel Sanchez came in 8th in the 800m Run with a time of 2:06.01.
Pirate Jose Cortez ran both the 1600m and 3200m Run at Regionals in Seguin.

Jose Cortez ran 4:35.54 to place fifth in the 1600m Run and placed sixth in the 3200m Run with a time of 10:49.31.
Abel Sanchez came in 8th in the 800m Run with a time of 2:06.01.
Head Coach Jacob Escamilla stated, “This has been an amazing ride that will continue for another few weeks onto the STATE track meet in Austin. First, congratulations to all the track athletes who qualified for the Regional track meet this past weekend. These student-athletes represented Lytle ISD with pride and I could not be prouder of their efforts.

Pirate Alex Medina winds up to throw the discus at Regionals.

Once again, to get to this point in the track season is remarkable and an effort to be proud of. All of our male and female athletes represented with pride.”
Wagner is scheduled to run at 6:25pm on Thursday, May 12.

Robert Wagner is scheduled to compete at 6:25pm on Thursday, May 12 in the 800 M Run at the State Track Meet.

Foster care
One thing I enjoy getting in my email inbox is Coach Hadley Foster, Jr.’s recap of his thrower’s performances from the previous track meet. For those lucky enough to receive these emails, the care and compassion he puts into words for his student-athlete throwers in his “Lessons from the Rings” recap is clear to see.
Alex Medina was his last performer for the 2022 season, and this is just a snippet of what Medina’s coach had to say about him.
“This year Alex stepped into the leadership role for the throwers as he worked harder than any boy thrower I have ever coached, yet he is a different type of athlete. As the other discus throwers were warming up with high knee runs and stretches, I told Alex to go take a walk. He then came back and began to throw.
If this year has taught me anything, it is that next year is next year. Alex’s success is his and all those who support him.
His parents provide him with the opportunity. He has great friends in Robert Lane Wagner and the support of the Wagner Clan. Mr. Bob is always so proud of Alex. Coach Escamilla’s support and trust in me allowed me to work with the throwers. I don’t see high school boy athletes often, so his belief in the program filters quality boys my way. The season wraps up, the nets will come down and we finish the year with hope.
Wishing Robert Lane the best success as he heads to state.”

Jerel Beaty
Staff writer