CP's Vela qualifies for state, Beckerson takes bronze at regional meet

Center Point's Taylor Vela (left, file photo) punched his ticket to the Class 2A track meet in two events, while Toree Beckerson (right, courtesy photo) just missed a spot at state with a third place finish in high jump.

KINGSVILLE – Center Point’s Taylor Vela punched his ticket to the state track and field meet with gold and silver medal racing performances at the Region-IV Class 2A meet Saturday at Javelina Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M Kingsville.

Class 2A races will take place Saturday, May 13 at Mike Myers Stadium at The University of Texas.

Vela, a senior, won the 800 meters when he clocked a personal best 2:01 to hold off second place Antonio Martinez of Louise (2:02), and Alan Baez of Ganado (2:03).

In the 1600 a few hours later Vela placed second in a time of 4:33, and was just behind District 29-2A rival Jose Vanegas-Martinez of Goldthwaite who ran 4:32. Salvatore Lione of San Antonio Stacey came in third behind Vela at 4:36.

Top two finishers at regional meets qualify for state while third positions are considered “wild cards” and will have to wait-and-see how they stack up to third placers from all four regional meets before knowing if they might advance to Austin.

Vela extracted a measure of racing revenge by beating Vanegas-Martinez, Baez, and Lione after all three were ahead of him in the 3200 on Friday. That race was won by Stockdale’s Taylor Warrick in 9:55. Vela’s time was 10:43 for fifth.

Hoping for a “wild card” trip to state is senior Toree Beckerson who high jumped to third, clearing the bar at 5-2 which was well below her area winning effort of 5-4. Meredith Magliolo from Schulenburg won with 5-5, and Holland’s Maddison Cross second at 5-3.

Fellow CPHS senior Derrick Dominguez finished seventh in pole vault where his final season effort was 11-0.

Vela’s 20 points were better than 12 other schools while Beckerson’s six points came out ahead of two.

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