The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate and Lady Pirate track teams competed in the 4A Region IV meet Friday and Saturday, April 23 - 24, at Texas A&M University – Kingsville.
As a team, the Pirates finished 14th out of 31 teams with a combined score of 18 points. Wimberley won the meet with 64 points.
The Lady Pirates placed 10th out of 31 teams with a combined score of 21.2 points. Fredericksburg won the meet with 103 points.
Individually, RFHS is sending one Pirate and one Lady Pirate to compete at the Track and Field State Championships in Austin.
On Friday, April 23, senior Mikey Dominguez placed first in pole vault with a clearance of 12’6”. She became the first Lady Pirate to ever advance to the state meet in pole vault. Dominguez said advancing to the state meet is, “Like a dream come true.”
“Coming into the meet, I was super nervous, but I didn’t want to stop my pole vault career here,” said Dominguez. “I wanted to make Coach Jasso proud and go to state. He’s never taken a vaulter to state before and I’m honored to be the first one.”
Dominguez defeated the next two vaulters, tied for second place, by two feet and three inches (10’3”). She also had to wait nearly two hours as 13 other vaulters competed at lower heights before she took her first attempt at 11 feet. She cleared her first attempt at 11 feet and secured first place as the rest of the competition had already been eliminated.
Coach Joey Jasso, Dominguez’ pole vault coach, said watching all the competition go in front of her was something she was used to, as it happened throughout the season.
“All year we’ve talked about it and preparing for this meet: ‘We’re coming in at 11 feet, all year. That way when we get to this meet, 11 feet wouldn’t be a problem,’” Jasso said. “People would say, ‘How come you’re not coming in now? The field’s already out.’ And I said, ‘We’re preparing for regionals to go to state.’”
Jasso said he’s confident Dominguez will have a great showing at the state meet.
“We’re peaking at the right time and that’s always a good thing,” said Jasso.
Dominguez said she will more than likely attempt her personal best of 13 feet and hopes to perform even better.
On Saturday, April 24, senior George Marable placed first in the 300 meter hurdle finals with a time of 39.13. The time was a personal best for Marable. He defeated the second place runner by .37 of a second, 39.50. He also ran in the final heat of the 110 meter hurdles.
Marable said he would like nothing more than to bring home a gold medal for RFHS.
“I’m very proud of myself. I’m just so thankful for my coaches and teammates for believing in me and I’m just amazed,” said Marable immediately after finishing. “I’m not done yet. I got one more race, and I’m going to try to bring home the gold for Rockport.”
RFHS Head Boys Track Coach Joe Medrano said he couldn’t of been any happier for Marable.
“Last year our season got cut short, but he was always up at the track working his tail off because he always had one goal in mind,” said Medrano. “I couldn’t be more excited for this guy. In the last two years he’s been incredible and I’m extremely proud of him.”
As Marable turned the corner to finish the final 100 meters of the race, he was running side-by-side with the second place finisher from Wimberley. He said the only thing he kept telling himself in his mind as he began to create separation from the Wimberley runner was, “Win”.
“All I told myself was, ‘Win,’” said Marable. “That’s all I had going through my head.
“If I give everything I got, I can be proud of myself at the end of the day, and that’s all it really comes down to. I was able to execute, and I feel amazing.”
Lady Pirates contributing to RFHS’ team score, but not advancing to the state meet, are as follows:
Cailey Ramaker placed sixth in long jump with a leap of 16’11.75”. She also competed in the triple jump and ran in the 200 meter dash finals.
Kaylee Howell placed sixth in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 48.84. She also tied for sixth place in high jump with a height of 4’10”.
Riley Parker placed sixth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:34.07
The RFHS 400 meter relay team of Juliana Villarreal, Kiley Kopp, M. Dominguez, and C. Ramaker placed fourth with a time of 50.15.
Pirates contributing to RFHS’ team score, but not advancing to the state meet, are as follows:
Payton McAlister placed fourth in discus with a throw of 145’6”.
The RFHS 1600 meter relay team of Augustus Byrom, Cristobol Deleon, Ryan Wells, and G. Marable placed fifth with a time of 3:28.70.
Dominguez and Marable will compete on the same day during the 3A/4A State Track Meet Thursday, May 6 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
Dominguez will begin competition in the 4A pole vault event at 3 p.m.
Marable will run the 4A 300 meter hurdles at 7:10 p.m.