Jethro Stokes heads back to State and Christian Cedeno finishes 3rd.

After an injury and health plagued year (XC and Track seasons), Jethro Stokes had a dramatic finish as he fought back from 10m back the last 100m to capture the 1600m Region 4-4A title and return back to State (last year he qualified in the 3200m as Regional Champion).  Jethro executed the game plan and ran a  tactical race as he edged out Martin Luevano from Boerne for the first time in the 2 years they have competed against each other.  Jethro won by 1/100’s of a second running a 4:30.24 (personal best) and Martin a 4:30.25 (picture included).  Martin was the district, area and last year’s regional champion in this event.  Jethro came in as the 3rd seed and had to beat Martin and Jarred Elizondo from Bandera, two runners who have dominated him all year.  He has had to fight breathing problems all XC and track season and even had throat surgery in February to remove a cyst.  Through it all, he ran a beautiful race and I was very proud of him and how focused he was.  He showed tremendous mental and physical strength the final 200m to pass both Martin and Jarred.  This marks the 10th year in a row that I will have the privilege of taking a runner to represent Lytle at the State Track Meet.  It truly made me proud to watch him fight through the pain and finish strong and see how his hard work paid off once again.

Christian Cedeno also had a great meet and nearly made it to state as he also fought from 10m back the last 100m to make it interesting at the end in the 400m.  He finished 3rdwith a personal best of 50.08, the 11th fastest time in the state in 4A on Saturday (top 9 go to state).  He made it to the finals (top 8) in all 3 events he participated in (200m, 400m and 4x400m relay).  He grew a lot this year and knows now what work he needs to put in next year to try and make it to state (both 1st and 2nd place are seniors).  He grew mentally stronger and learned how to finish races.  We now have to correct a few things and if he does, we hope that he will represent Lytle next year at the State meet. 

I was very proud of not only those two but all our athletes that participated at the Regional Track meet this year.  Our throwers (Fosters email) and jumpers had great performances and learning experiences.  They were well behaved and represented not only our school but community with class and pride.  Many coaches came up to me and told me not only how great our kids performed but the sportsmanship they showed.

 

Lytle Track Regional Results

Armando Martinez                          11th Shot Put      9th Discus

Gabriela Medina                              13th Shot Put

Miguel Guajardo                              6th Triple Jump 43’1.5” (Personal Best)

Nick Martinez                                    11th Triple Jump                13th High Jump

Christian Cedeno                             3rd 400m               8th 200m

Jethro Stokes                                    1st 1600m

4x400m Relay    8th (Eric Garcia, Edson Hernandez, Matthew Frias, Christian Cedeno, Jose Garcia)

Below is a link to more pictures of most of our competitors compliments of Martha Cortez

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Nick Martinez and Miguel Guajardo  (Regional Qualifiers) 

 

This weekend at the 4A Region IV  Track Meet in Kingsville we had 2 jumpers compete and represent Lytle in the Triple Jump.  Both these jumpers had already done something great in the last 2  weeks that was very difficult for anyone to do.  At the District meet they went 1st (Miguel 41’ 5 1/4) and 2nd (Nick 41’ 4 1/4).  Then the next week at the Area meet they went 1st (Miguel 42’ 6 1/4) and 2nd (Nick 41’ 4).   That was a huge accomplishment by anyone’s standard and they were not done.  

This was Nick’s 1st opportunity to attend the Regional Track meet and you could tell.  It was on a big stage and his eyes were wide and bright for most of the weekend.  Nick was sitting 11th coming into the meet.  He didn’t make finals but jumped well with a mark of 40’ 9 3/4.  It was a good start to his future in Kingsville.  He placed 11th.  The experience was well worth it and he will only get better next year.  When Miguel was a Sophomore at Regionals 2 years ago he only jumped 39’ 10..  Future looks good for Nick.

As for Miguel, this was his 3rd year attending the Regional Track meet.  He has only gotten better each year.  I know last year he was very disappointed because he didn’t make the finals.  We had changed some things the week before regionals to try and get more, but it didn’t work.  So this year we kept our routine and it paid off.  This year in January we set 3 goals.  1) jump in the 2nd flight at regionals. 2) make it to the finals at regionals and 3) break the school record of 43’ 6.  2 out of 3 is not bad…… 

Miguel jumped on Friday in Kingsville and marked with a PR of 43’ 1 1/4.  He jumped in the 2nd flight and made finals.  He finished off placing 6th.  If you get a chance to look at the picture I attached you will see a very happy kid (that was right after the 43’ 1 1/4).  THAT PICTURE IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO.   This kid worked hard everyday for the last 4 years to get this point.  I have rarely had the chance to be around too many that worked harder than he did.  He is a senior this year and a multiple sport athlete, which says a lot.  He will be missed.  He was never the best athlete on the field, but I promise you he was one of the hardest working kids on the field.  See attached picture after he was done and his jumping days are over.   If you want to see a well rounded student/athlete of Lytle ISD -  look at a picture of Miguel Guajardo!  We as a school district (along with Miguel's parents) did a wonderful job by educating a well rounded individual that will be great at what ever he does in the future.  Thank you all for everything……..


Robby Pierce