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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:41 pm

HARLINGEN — After 10 events, the Harlingen High boys track team was second in the standings as Harlingen South nursed a nine-point lead after scoring big points in the field events to start the day.

By meet’s end, it was the Cardinals who stood tall, claiming gold in four of the final seven events, including the 1,600-meter relay to secure a victory at the 2019 Harlingen Relays on Saturday morning at Boggus Stadium.

The Cardinals topped the standings with 154 points, followed by Edinburg Vela (130) in second, Weslaco High and Harlingen South third (113) and Santa Rosa (30) fifth.

“ We were really looking forward to our running events,” Harlingen High coach Efrain Ambriz said. “We really threw down some impressive times, at least for early in the season. We had guys like Jose Garcia, who won four medals today; he’s a tremendous kid and I can’t say enough about him. I’m also happy for our quarter-miler, Cole Swinnea, who also won gold today. We also finished strong there at the end with a very impressive mile relay for early in the season, so I’m really, really happy with what’s going on right now.”

Garcia won gold in the 100-meter dash (11.12 seconds), the 200 (22.68), the long jump (22 feet, 8.5 inches) and was on the winning 400 relay team. Swinnea won the 400 (50.72) and was the final leg of the mile relay team.

On the girls side of things, Edcouch Elsa was victorious, scoring 96 points.

Lady ’Jackets coach Juan Aguinaga was confident his team had a good meet as he and his athletes packed up and made their exit, though they had to run back into the stadium after hearing the final results.

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