By: JOHN CANNON
(MCALLEN) – From the looks of things, the Edcouch-Elsa Girls Track and Field Team have found their replacements for Krysta Martinez.
Kelly Aguinaga and Leslie Alvarado seem to be the heir appear ants to Martinez and already look in midseason form as both qualified for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation State Track and Field Meet which will take place in McAllen on Saturday, July 30th.
Aguinaga punched her ticket after placing first in both the 18-and-under Girls 800 and 1600-Meter Run while Alvarado finished in second in the 1600 and in the 3200-Meter Run at the Regional Meet this past weekend in Edinburg.
Juan Aguinaga, Edcouch-Elsa Girls Cross-Country and Track and Field Coordinator, feels that both Kelly and Leslie could have a good year and competing in this state track meet definitely helps them in preparation for both Cross-Country and Track.
“Having this opportunity to compete at the state meet is something that will keep both Kelly and Leslie motivated for this upcoming Cross-Country and Track season,” said Aguinaga. “Leslie is a two-time state qualifier in Cross-Country and last year fell short of her goal. So she has put in a lot of time over the summer to try and achieve her goals and is definitely hungry entering the State Track Meet.”
“As for Kelly, she has always been one of the best runners in the Valley. However, injuries have held her back which hurt her. But with this being her senior year, she is doing everything possible to try and get to state in Track. Kelly was ranked in the top five last year prior to her injury and wants nothing more than to finish strong.”
Both Aguinaga and Alvarado have set the bar high coming into the state meet in three weeks and will spend time preparing on things that will help them finish strong.
“First and foremost, Kelly and I want to enter the state meet injury free,” said Alvarado. “Then we are working on the little things that will help us improve and possibly win the state meet.”
Aguinaga already has a goal entering the state meet and is determined to accomplish it.
“My goal is to win both events and try and PR as well,” said Aguinaga. “I will do everything in my power to finish my final summer state track meet of my career with a bang.”