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Bondy track and field nabs 3 district titles

March 11, 2019

Bondy Intermediate School’s girls and boys track teams compiled 12 athletes who scored 17 points or more at last week’s Pasadena ISD district championship meet to capture three of the four district crowns.

The Lady Patriots got out the broom at Allan Brown Stadium as the seventh and eighth-grade teams went home with new-found titles, while the seventh-grade Patriot boys also claimed a coveted team title.

Preventing a full blown 4-for-4 sweep for Bondy’s program was Thompson Intermediate’s eighth-grade boys squad who nipped Bondy for the championship 148-137.

Bondy’s eighth-grade girls defeated Thompson 177.5-140, while the seventh-grade girls romped to a 176-105 triumph over Miller. The seventh-grade boys used their points tally of 123 to hold off San Jacinto (103) and Beverly Hills (101).

Bondy’s eighth-grade girls championship featured 17 athletes scoring points. That list was directed by the trio of Caitlyn Springer, Kelly Jacobo and Bianca Burnett all scoring 24 points.

Also scoring in three or more events was the duo of Kaytlyn Diaz and Jasmine Torres, who each collected 17 points and combining for two district titles.

We now know what Springer will be specializing in when she starts her high school career next spring. The hurdles are her cup of tea. Twenty of her 24 points were delivered by championships in the 300-meter and 100-meter hurdles.

Springer motored to the time of 18.25 seconds to win the 100-meter event, defeating Thompson’s Alexia Velasquez and her 19.77 time. Right behind her was Miller’s Erika Landaverde and San Jacinto’s Brianna Mendoza.

The 300-meter hurdles had Springer enjoying a slightly larger gap at the finish line as she claimed the time of 56.09 seconds. Beverly Hills’ Ariana Walls received the silver medal with a 58.67 time and Jacobo scored six of her 24 points with a third-place finish, clocked at 59.55.

Burnett captured three silver medals, doing so in the long jump and triple jump Thursday night along with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash Wednesday night.

There was actually a four-way logjam for first place in the high jump, but Jackson’s Deyanira Avila cleared the height of 4 feet, four inches first and that gave her the title.

Burnett, South Houston’s Cristina Moreno and Thompson’s Maria Wence also cleared 4-4.

In the long jump, Burnett and Jacobo placed second and third at 13-feet-10 inches and 13-8, respectively.

The 200-meters had Burnett using the time of 30.07 seconds to eke out second place over four other girls who were clocked at just over 30 seconds. The champ was Beverly Hills’ Mia Sanchez.

Torres scored 10 of her 17 points in the 2400-meter run, thanks to her championship time of 9:54.43. She won the event by a sizzling 34 seconds.

Diaz scored 10 of her 17 points with a first-place sprint in the 100-meter dash. She nipped five others for fleetest time when she came in at 14.11 seconds.

Other eight-grade Lady Patriots who helped the team score 175 points were Haley Calvo, Adrianna Zuniga, Guadalupe Madrigal, Yoali Enriguez, Ashley Flores, Maggi French, Logan Sprinkle, Abigail Ramirez, Emma Caro and Sydney Bodiker.

For the seventh-grade Bondy girls, the trio of Holly Tran, Aleyna LaBlanc and Julixa Cintron put on excellent efforts. The three combined to score 74 of the 176 points.

Brianna Rosas, with the help of a district title in the 300-meter hurdles, accumulated 19 points. Daeja Collette and Jasmine Tobias each scored 11 points. Total that up and the six girls scored 115 points all by themselves.

Tran scored 10 of her 28 points in the triple jump where she won the title easily after her leap of 29 feet, 3 inches. But thanks to teammates Evelyn Lozano and Analece Inocencio, Bondy doubled their triple jump points as those two finished third and fourth, respectively.

Tran also earned second place in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:14.49 and she was third in the high jump. In that event, Bondy scored 16 points as Cintron placed second at 4-feet-5 and LaBlanc was fifth.

Speaking of LaBlanc, she was first in the 2400-meter run and the only girl to run under 10 minutes after finishing the six laps in 9:54.43. Miller Intermediate’s Dafeny Garcia, who scored 17 points, was second at 10:28.01.

Then in the 1600-meters, LaBlanc again coasted to a district title by securing the time of 6:25.99, defeating Southmore’s Maritz Davila and her 6:51.59.

Bondy’s best showing in the relays arrived in the 4 by 100. The team of Rosas, Collette, Valerie Zuniga and Cintron came up with the time of 56.42. Thompson (57.99) followed with the silver effort.

Avina leads Bondy boys to crown

Adrian Avina scored a team-high 23 points over three events to help the Patriots’ seventh-grade boys team win its district title.

Abel Perez and Angel Reyes each tacked on 19 points, while Carols Vargas and Joaquin Fernandez scored 10. Devin Lara finished with nine.

Ten of Avina’s points arrived in the 800-meter run where his 2:27.08 run was good for first place. Incredibly, it was Bondy’s only first-place effort, but courtesy of a roster of 15 athletes, that depth allowed for another 115 points.

But there were five second-place finishes and Avina scored eight of his 23 points with second place in the 400 meters and a time of 1:01.33. Lara was fifth in the same race.

The best showing among the three relay races was the 4 by 400. The team of Vargas, Reyes, Lara and Avina claimed the time of 4:11.35, defeating Beverly Hills and its time of 4:18.37.

Tanner Basinski, Diego Martinez, Vincent Mac, Dayvin Alvarado, Landon Perez, Jacob Flores, Axel Pullido and Adrian Lerma also found points for the champs.

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