El Paso Fred Loya Invitational Track Meet Highlights Throwers And Distance Again

Interview with Fred Loya at Fred Loya Invitational

Article by Suhail Boureslan

In such a demanding sport where hours are spent practicing repeats, hand offs, throws, etc; it's always refreshing to hear about our communities within our cities support our athletes with selfless acts of generosity. That's why it is no surprise that Fred Loya from Fred Loya Insurance donates a lot of time and effort into helping out his community. He has been doing so for years and has impacted the track scene greatly. That is why one of the biggest Track and Field meets of the season is named after him. This meet draws in some of the best runners in the city and this past weekend was another great one. We got to speak to Fred Loya and his gentle yet humbled demeanor was visibly apparent. Thank you again Mr. Loya for supporting this grueling sport.

Spotlight Interview with Jennelle Jaeger-darakjy at Fred Loya Invitational
The meet started off well but it was when we got to the girl's 800m that we got to witness one of the best in El Paso compete. El Paso Coronado's Jennelle Jaeger-darakjy proved why she's worthy of being a state runner. She ran an impressive 2:15.77, 2 seconds shy of a PR but with a lot of wind at the meet, Jennelle was happy with her performance. Her efforts didn't stop there as she also went on to win the girl's 400m with a time of 58.40. Both earned her a #7 ranking for the 800m and a #49 ranking for the 400m. Check out her interview to see what Jennelle attributes to her success in running both sprinting and distance events.
Spotlight Interview with Anthony Molina at Fred Loya Invitational

Every meet this season, the distance runners have put on show after show to make a statement for their city. We saw fireworks in both the 3200m and 1600m as repeating state runners Edwin Gomez from San Elizario and El Paso Eastwood's Anthony Molina went neck and neck in both races. Each race was swift and came down to the very end. Gomez challenged Molina for the top spot but Molina flexed some of his leg speed as he was able to out kick Gomez in both races. Anthony has nothing but the highest praise for his competition which he says pushes him to new limits. He also spoke very highly of his coaches dedication to himself and his team with he said pushes him week in and week out. Molina finished two tough races in the wind with a time of 4:30.49 in the mile and 9:40.58 in the 3200m.

Not only does this meet draw in some of the best runners but we are also able to witness some of the best field event athletes as well. We saw a huge display of technique and power from El Paso Socorro's Gilbert Macias and El Paso Franklin's Johnny Cerros discus throwers. They both showed their tenacity as they fought for first and second with a respective distance of 148'07.00" from Macias and 146'05.00" from Cerros. Their determination earned them a spot in the top 100 rankings for the state of Texas. We also got to see two girls discus throwers earn themselves a top 100 ranking. Emerald Armenta from El Paso Socorro moved into a #46 ranking with a distance of 118-0 and El Paso Eastwood's Ashley Cordero currently sits at #73 with a distance of 112-9. We're sure to see more from our throwers as the season progresses.