AUSTIN — Raymond Rios and his teammate Shaquille Bogus got a glimpse of gold Saturday, Rios with a lap to go in an 800-meter race and Bogus as he came to the finish line in the 200.
Neither won, but the two seniors’ silver-medal performances fueled Estacado at the Class 3A state track and field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Matadors finished fourth in the 3A boys division, scoring 40 points and winning four medals in the two-day meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The Mats got bronze medals from Ti Russell in Friday’s long jump and from the 800-meter relay team Saturday of Adrian Adame, Damodrick Rutherford, Robert Johnson and Bogus.
“I’m proud of them,” Estacado coach Dino Jones said. “It was a good way for some of these seniors to go out, with a little bit of pride. Some of them got some hardware that they’re taking back to Lubbock.”
It wasn’t quite the hardware they were hoping for. Rios, aiming for gold after finishing fourth and second the previous two years at state, was denied by Atlanta’s Chris Ibarra. Later in the afternoon, Mineral Wells’ Adrian Colbert flashed by Bogus on the outside to steal the 200 right at the end.
“It’s tough, but it’s an honor to be here,” said Rios, who ran a personal record for the second year in a row in Austin. “It’s an honor to get second. I had my eye on the gold. I prayed that God’s will happened out here, and it did. He (Ibarra) deserved it.”
In the 2011 race, Rios lost in a stretch duel after running 1 minute, 54.25 seconds. He improved to 1:53.82 in his final high-school race. Like usual, Rios seized the lead from the outset, but Ibarra and Dallas Madison’s Jesse Montgomery passed him between the 500- and 600-meter marks.
Montgomery faded, but Ibarra brought it home in 1:52.45, adding gold to the bronze he won last year
“The Atlanta guy shot out there,” Rios said, “and then the Dallas Madison guy kind of cut me off and he slowed down coming to the last curve. I didn’t want to pass him on the curve, because I was going to waste a lot of energy doing that. So I waited until I got off the curve and kicked past him easy, but the Atlanta guy was just too far out by then.”
In the 200, Bogus looked like a possible winner — Jones even accepted congratulations and headed down out of the stands. Then the scoreboard flashed 21.45 for Colbert and 21.58 for Bogus.
“I thought I had him. Came up short,” Bogus said. “I’m a little frustrated, but I’m also happy.”
The 1-2 was reversal from the Region I-3A meet in Lubbock when Bogus ran a personal record 21.30 and beat Colbert. On Saturday, they turned for home and were hit by negative wind of 1.7 meters per second.
“We caught headwind about the last 50 meters,” Colbert said, “and that was kind of the deciding factor — whether you could keep it strong or give up. And I just had to keep it strong.”
Both sprinters are bound for college football careers, Colbert at Texas and Bogus at Wayland Baptist, so they’re not likely to face each other again.
“It was a nice rivalry while it lasted,” Colbert said.
Earlier in the day, the Matadors took third in the 800-meter relay, coming from as far back as sixth as Johnson and Bogus rallied them in the last two legs.
“On the 4-by-2, everybody pulled their weight,” Johnson said. “We ran our best time (1:27.78). That’s good.”
Shallowater’s Marissa Westbrook posted the next best finish Saturday by an area 3A athlete. Westbrook capped her high school career by securing the bronze medal in the shot put. She threw 38 feet, 111/2 inches on her last attempt, but didn’t realize that was good enough to place until her coaches stopped her and sent her back to the track.
“I was halfway down the backside of the bleachers,” Westbrook said. “I mean, I was gone. … I thought I got fourth. Getting third makes it a little better.”
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