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Poor weather conditions don’t stop JV, freshmen runners at Deer Park Invitational

February 22, 2019

DEER PARK - In miserable weather conditions Thursday afternoon, the JV and freshmen athletes in Memorial, South Houston and Sam Rayburn’s track programs competed at the Deer Park Invitational.

Cold temperatures to go with constant drizzle at Bubba McLean Stadium made for one more additional challenge for the up-and-coming athletes in the respective programs.

Among the highlights for the Pasadena ISD camps was Memorial High School’s Gavin Erskins capturing first place in the freshmen 1600-meter run with the time of 5:08.

He held off Clear Lake High School’s Sebastian Langer and another Falcon for the top prize.

After Lap 1, it was too close to call. Erskins had the lead but 15 of his fellow runners were right behind him. But by the end of Lap 2, Erskins and the two Clear Lake runners had begun to pull away from the others.

Then in the JV 1600-meter run, Memorial’s Carlos Montoya won going away, flashing across the finish line in 4:58.

Clear Lake’s Jalen Ledesma and Montoya broke away from the large pack after Lap 2, expanding their lead after Lap 3 to eight seconds. But on the fourth and final lap, Montoya took his running to another gear and won pretty comfortably.

Another highlight was Memorial’s Xavier Garcia winning the freshmen 200-meters in 25.34 seconds. South Houston’s Kendarrius White gave Garcia a good race right down to the finish line.

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