Refugio Track Star Heads To Major National Meet
Harvey hit Alexa Valenzuela’s home in Refugio so hard it shifted the house off its foundation.
At the state track meet earlier this month, Valenzuela was the big mover and shaker. The junior led the Lady Bobcats to the 2A state team title. Alexa won gold in the triple jump, gold in the 200 meter dash, gold in the 100 meter dash, bronze in the 400 meter relay. Now she’s been picked to compete in the Great Southwest track and field meet in Albuquerque. Alexa told me how she found out about this track meet after she finished her amazing performance at state. “I was waiting to do my interview and there was this guy just looking at me. He points at me and tells me to join him. I went over to him even though I didn’t know him. He pulls out a piece of paper and I’m bawling my tears out. I didn’t know what it was but I knew it was something good.” Said Victoria Show Up & Show Out track club head coach Robert Gadsden, “It’s a very big honor. I know how bad she’s been wanting to make it to a meet like that. Now that it’s finally here you have a lot of people still sitting on the couch and she’s out here grinding. She’s not satisfied yet. It’s a very big honor.”
Alexa Valenzuela starts competing in five events in the 43rd annual Great Southwest track and field meet Saturday in Albuquerque.
Ryan Crouser (Boring, Oregon) broke his former shot put record at the Nike Prefontaine Classic to win USATF athlete of the week.
The Rio gold medalist highlighted a historic competition as four men threw beyond 21.60m/70-10.50 in one competition for the first time in history, indoors or out. Crouser launched a massive 22.53m/73-11 put in the fifth round to add 10 centimeters to his Hayward Field record and land seventh on the list of best U.S. throws. Crouser led the highly-competitive field from the start and fouled on his third attempt. He steadily improved before unleashing the massive meet record and season best 22.53/73-11.