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RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) track & field and cross country head coach Darren Flowers announced on Friday the addition of 21 student-athletes for the 2020-21 academic year.

The class includes 18 freshmen, 12 of which are local, including distance runners Janie Delgado (Nikki Rowe), Andrea Gallardo (Sharyland), Ana Hernandez (Sharyland), Dominik Medrano (Edcouch-Elsa), Ramsey Moreno (Vela), Jeremy Nino (Vela), Lupe Reyes (Mercedes), Albino Rodriguez (Edcouch-Elsa) and Delilah Vega (Sharyland), jumper Marco Guajardo (PSJA), middle-distance runner Estrella Medellin (Porter), and sprinter and jumper Daniella Muniz (Rio Grande City). 

The three non-freshmen are graduate student transfer and combined events athlete Aviana Goode, who is transferring from Syracuse, junior jumper Harry Barthelemy, who is transferring from South Alabama, and graduate student sprinter Mikayla Roell, who is transferring from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Also joining the team are thrower Michael Campbell (Bloomfield, Conn.), distance runner Ricardo Garcia (Eagle Pass), distance runner Samantha Gonzalez (Laredo), long sprinter Sir Hubbard (Humble), and sprinters Jaleel Scott (Austin) and Jermarrion Stewart(Collinsville, Ill.).

“This is a tremendous group of young men and women that we have coming in this year,” Flowers said. “Our coaching staff has really done a great job of identifying student-athletes that fit our culture and will help add depth and elevate our team. With the combination of all the great student-athletes we have coming back next year and this signing class, I couldn’t be more excited for the future of UTRGV track and field and cross country.”

Janie Delgado (Distance, Nikki Rowe High School)

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Delgado completed her high school cross country career with a flourish this past season, setting a personal record (PR) in the 5K with a time of 18:43.6 to win the UIL 6A District 30 Championship. This marked an improvement of nearly two minutes over her previous PR. She also competed in the three-mile (4,828.03 meters) race as a junior, finishing in a time of 18:29.0 at the UIL 6A Region 4 Championship. Off the course, Delgado earned Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Academic All-State Second Team honors as a senior.

In track & field, Delgado competed in seven different events as a senior, PRing in the 800-meter run (2:32.24), 3,200-meter run (11:45.39) 4×400-meter relay (4:25.5), 4×800-meter relay (10:32.00), 4×1600-meter relay (23:25.22), and the sprint medley relay (SMR) (4:48.83). She also completed a 5:31.85 1,600-meter run, just shy of her PR set as a junior when she finished in 5:30.38. Delgado set one other PR as a junior, in the 400-meter dash (1:08.13).

Andrea Gallardo (Distance, Sharyland High School)

Gallardo saved her best cross country run for last, completing the 5K in 19:09.2 at the UIL 5A State Championships this past November. Her strong showing allowed her to compete at the NXR South Regional Championships. Her PR in the three-mile run came at the 2018 UIL 5A Region 4 Championships, at which she finished in 18:47.8.

Gallardo competed in seven events during her track & field career, including as the anchor of a distance medley relay (DMR) team that finished in a time of 13:49.14 this past February. She PRed in the 1,600-meter run (5:28.43) and 4×800-meter relay (10:26.7) as a junior, and the 800-meter run (2:42.96) and 3,200-meter run (11:53.76) as a sophomore.

Ana Hernandez (Distance, Sharyland High School)

Hernandez stepped up in big moments during her cross country career, PRing in the 5K at the UIL 5A State Championships with a time of 18:47.4 as a senior. Her strong showing allowed her to compete at the NXR South Regional Championships. As a junior, Hernandez won the UIL 5A District 31 Championship with a 3.2K time of 13:19.4. She also finished fourth in the two-mile race at the prestigious McNeil Invitational, which featured 613 of the best competitors from around the state, with a fourth-place time of 12:43.3.

On the track, Hernandez won three events this past season, including a PR in the 1,600-meter run (5:21.11) at the Mission Veterans Patriot Relays. She also PRed in the 3,200-meter run (11:41.33) and 4×800-meter relay (10:09.77). Her best 800-meter run came as a junior (2:27.81). This past season, Hernandez won the 3,200-meter run twice, at the UIL 5A District 31 and the UIL 5A Area 31/32 meets.

Dominik Medrano (Distance, Edcouch-Elsa High School)

Medrano competed in a pair of big cross country meets, making waves as a junior by finishing fifth with a PR in the 5K of 16:19.0 at the Food Locker South Regional. Medrano finished 10th with a time of 16:23.0 in the same meet as a senior.

On the track, Medrano PRed in three events as a senior, the 800-meter run (2:08.65), 4×1,600-meter relay (18:53.10) and DMR (11:26.79). He also set three PRs as a junior, in the 1,600-meter run (4:31.19), the 3,200-meter run (9:42.58) and the 4×800-meter relay (8:20.36).

Ramsey Moreno (Distance, Vela High School)

Moreno wrapped up his final cross country season with silver medals at the UIL 6A District 31 and UIL 6A Region 4 Championship meets. He ran a PR in the 5K at the former, coming in at 15:35.6. His PR in the three-mile race was accomplished as a junior, running at 15:02.3 at the UIL 6A Region 4 Championships.

Moreno competed in six different events on the track, setting PR’s in the 800-meter run (2:04.19), 1,600-meter run (4:35.48), 3,200-meter run (9:49.86) and 4×1,600-meter relay (18:38.41) as a senior. His best DMR, during which he ran the 800-meter leg, came as a sophomore at 10:55.45. Moreno teamed with Nino for a memorable 4×800-meter relay in 2018, coming in seventh with a time of 8:14.00 at the Texas Relays.

Jeremy Nino (Distance, Vela High School)

Nino and Moreno teamed up to win two 4×800-meter relays and a 4×1,600-meter relay while finishing second in a DMR as seniors. The aforementioned 4×1,600 result was also the best of Nino’s career. His best DMR came as a sophomore, also at the Texas Relays, finishing in 10:47.78 while running the 1,200-meter leg. Nino also competed in the SMR as a sophomore, finishing with a time of 3:44.48. His PR’s in individual events all came as a junior, with an 800-meter time of 1:57.41, a 1,6000-meter time of 4:26.19, and a 3,200-meter time of 9:34.31 to win three UIL 6A District 31 Championships.

Nino added another district championship in cross country, winning the 5K with a PR of 15:27.4 as a senior. His PR in the three-mile race is 14:44.3, coming at the 2018 UIL 6A Region 4 Championships.

Lupe Reyes (Distance, Mercedes High School)

Reyes competed in two 5K’s during his cross country career, PRing with a second-place time of 16:38.6 at the Lasara Invitational as a senior.

On the track, all of Reyes’ PR’s in individual races came as a junior, including a 2:02.55 in the 800-meter run, a 4:29.27 in the 1,600-meter run, and a 9:34.82 in the 3,200-meter run. He later won the UIL 5A District 32 Championship in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:47.84. His best 4×400-meter relay came as a senior, with a time of 3:37.92. He was also involved in a winning 4×800-meter relay team with a time of 8:23.06 as a junior.

Albino Rodriguez (Distance, Edcouch-Elsa High School)

Rodriguez competed in two 5K’s during his cross country career, PRing with a time of 16:38.0 at the 2018 Foot Locker South Regionals before following up with a 16:41.0 at the same meet the following year.

On the track, Rodriguez competed in seven different events, PRing in the 800-meter run (2:00.61) and 4×1,600-meter relay (18:53.10) as a senior. As a junior, Rodriguez won the UIL 5A District 32 Championship in the 1,600-meter run with a PR time of 4:26.96. He was also part of his fastest 4×800-meter relay team that year, finishing in 8:20.36 at the Texas Relays. Rodriguez set his PR in the 3,200-meter race as a sophomore while taking silver at the district meet with a time of 9:40.41. He was also part of his fastest 4×400-meter relay (3:40.46) and DMR (10:56.77) teams that year, with the latter coming at the Texas Relays.

Rodriguez also brings indoor experience, running the mile in 4:42.93 at the 2019 Texas A&M High School Indoor Classic.

Delilah Vega (Distance, Sharyland High School)

Vega saved her best for last in cross country, PRing at the UIL 5A State Championships as a senior with a 5K time of 19:24.0. She also PRed in the three-mile race with a time of 19:33.8 as a junior, the 3.2K race with a time of 21:05.0 as a sophomore, and the two-mile run with a time of 14:27.7 as a freshman.

Vega set three PR’s during her final track season, in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:27.7, the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:46.21, and the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 10:09.77. She competed in the DMR twice, opening with the 1,200-meter leg and a time of 13:49.14 as a senior. She also ran the 800-meter leg as a junior as part of a 13:46.01 effort.

Marco Guajardo (Jumps, PSJA High School)

Guajardo PRed in three individual events as a junior, the 100-meter dash (11.46), the long jump (6.78 meters) and the triple jump (14.21 meters). He was also part of his best 4×100-meter relay (43.63), 4×200-meter relay (1:29.87) and 4×400-meter relay (3:21.62) teams. Guajarado competed in the SMR as a freshman, opening with a 100-meter leg as his squad finished in 1:40.2.

Estrella Medellin (Middle Distance, Porter High School)

Medellin had a big final cross country season, breaking her PR in the 5K four times, including a time of 18:57.1 to take silver at the UIL 5A District 32 meet. She also set PR’s in the three-mile race (19:06.0) as a junior and the 3.2K (13:45.8) as a sophomore.

Medellin competed in seven different events in track & field, setting PR’s in the long jump (4.88 meters) and the 4×400-meter relay (4:24.95) as a senior. As a junior, Medellin won the 400-meter dash three times, including a PR of 1:01.02 at the UIL 5A District 32 Championship. She won the 800-meter run twice before going on to earn silver at the district meet with a PR of 2:20.81. She also PRed in the 1,600-meter run (5:45.65) before PRing in the triple jump at the UIL 5A State Championships with a distance of 11.28 meters to finish eighth.

Daniella Muniz (Sprints/Jumps, Rio Grande City High School)

Muniz is coming off of a senior season in which she won all six of her 100-meter dashes, five of her six 200-meter dashes, two of her five long jumps, and four of her five triple jumps. In total, she supplemented those 17 victories with three second place finishes, one third place finish, and one fourth place finish. She also led her 4×100-meter relay team to a victory with a PR of 51.44. As a junior, Muniz won her first 10 100-meter races, winning district and area championships and then setting a PR with a time of 12.17 in the regional preliminary round before finishing with a silver medal in the final. She went on to finish eighth in the state. In the 200-meter dash, Muniz opened with a pair of runner-up finishes before winning seven-straight races, including district and area championships. She PRed with a time of 25.51 at the regional race before finishing fifth. Muniz also won district and area championships in the long jump before setting a PR with a mark of 5.56 meters to earn silver at the regional meet. She then finished ninth in the state. Muniz’s best triple jump came as a sophomore, as she went 11.09 meters to win the area championship two weeks after winning the district championship. Muniz also competed in the 400-meter dash, PRing as a freshman with a time of 1:04.24, and the 4×200-meter relay, PRing as a freshman with a time of 1:47.46 to win the area championship.

Aviana Goode (Combined Events, Syracuse)

Goode competed for three full seasons at Syracuse before getting hurt after one indoor meet as a senior. Her PR’s during the indoor season include an 8.60 in the 60-meter hurdles, which is 0.41 seconds better than UTRGV’s current program record, 1.73 meters in the high jump, which is 0.03 meters better than UTRGV’s current program record, 3,671 points in the pentathlon, which is 387 points better than UTRGV’s current program record, 5.83 meters in the long jump, which would rank ninth in program history, and 7.56 meters in the shot put.

Goode’s PR’s during the outdoor season include a 13.97 in the 100-meter hurdles, which is 0.25 seconds better than UTRGV’s current program record, 1.70 meters in the high jump, which would rank third in program history, and 5.68 meters in the long jump.

Originally from Bay Shore, N.Y., Goode was a star at Bay Shore High School, earning silver in the long jump and bronze in the 100-meter hurdles at the outdoor state championships as a senior. She won the long jump at the outdoor state championships as a junior and the 55-meter hurdles at the indoor state championships as a sophomore.

Harry Barthelemy (Jumps, South Alabama)

A 2020 All-Sun Belt Conference Third Team selection for indoor track & field, Barthelemy, is coming off a season in which he earned bronze in the high jump with a PR of 2.08 meters, which would rank tied for second in UTRGV program history. He also PRed in the triple jump and long jump at the conference championships with a distance of 14.95 meters in the former, which would also rank second in program history, and 7.01 meters in the latter, which would rank fourth.

During outdoor competition, Barthelemy PRed in the high jump while earning bronze at the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championships with a mark of 2.08 meters, which is 0.01 meters short of the top five in UTRGV program history. His PR in the long jump is 7.12 meters, which is 0.12 meters short of the top five.

Born in Port au Prince, Haiti, and most recently from Bradenton, Fla., Barthelemy graduated from Lakewood Ranch High School as the program record holder in the high jump, long jump, and 4×400-meter relay. He also competed in basketball for four years.

Mikayla Roell (Sprints, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)

Roell switches sides in the South Texas Showdown, presented by Navy Army Community Credit Union, after competing for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. As a sophomore, Roell was part of a 4×100-meter relay team that took gold at the UTRGV Open with a time of 46.89. Her best 4×100-meter relay time was 45.99, coming at the 2017 Southland Conference Championships. She also PRed in the 100-meter dash at that event with a time of 12.13. Her best 200-meter dash time is 25.34, also set as a freshman. During indoor competition, Roell holds PR’s in the 60-meter dash with a time 7.90 and the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.91, both set as a freshman.

Originally from Victoria, Roell ran at Victoria West High School, where she was a state finalist in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run during both her junior and senior years. She went to regionals in the 100-meter dash in each of her last three years with a PR of 11.76. Roell also ran cross country all four years. Off the track, Roell was a member of National Honor Society and in the top 10 percent of her class.

Michael Campbell (Throws, Bloomfield High School)

Campbell continues a tradition of UTRGV bringing in stronger throwers from Bloomfield High School, following in the footsteps of Paul MayChristian Hall-Gardner and Aaron Williams. As a senior, Campbell only had the opportunity to compete during the indoor season, PRing in the shot put with a mark of 18.10 meters to win the CIAC Combined Class S Championship. He went on to win the CIAC Combined State Open Championships before earning bronze at the New England Interscholastic Championships. He also PRed in the weight throw with a distance of 19.30 meters before winning the Connecticut Weight Throw Clinic & Weight Throw Championship. Campbell competed in an outdoor event on June 21, the Throwhawks Mini Meets, PRing in all three events, including a 48.01-meter throw to finish second in the discus, a 16.92-meter performance to place third in the shot put, and a 47.63-meter throw to come in seventh in the hammer throw.

Ricardo Garcia (Distance, Winn High School)

Garcia won three cross country races as a senior, including a PR of 15:46.7 in the 5K. He went on to win the UIL 5A District 28 Championship. One of his wins was a PR in the 3.2-mile race with a time of 16:40.0. His PR in the three-mile race came as a junior with a time of 15:05.2.

Garcia competed in two meets as a senior, winning the 3,200-meter run at both, including a PR of 9:37.34 in his final race. He won the UIL 5A District 28 Championship as a sophomore and a junior, going on to win the area title as a junior as well. Garcia PRed in the 1,600-meter run as a junior with a time of 4:32.30. He went on to win district and area championships in that event.

Samantha Gonzalez (Distance, Laredo Martin High School)

Gonzalez won three cross country races as a senior, including the UIL 5A District 29 Championship. Earlier in the season, she PRed in the 5K with a time of 19:03.0. Gonzalez PRed in the three-mile race as a junior with a time of 17:44.2 at the UIL 5A Region 4 Championships.

Gonzalez won four races during her final track & field season as well. She PRed in three events, including the 800-meter run (2:32.0), 1,600-meter run (5:22.58) and 3,200-meter run (11:35.55). Gonzalez also competed in a pair of 4×400-meter relays for the first time, finishing with a time of 4:37.61 in her final meet.

Sir Hubbard (Long Sprints, Atascocita High School)

Hubbard won the 800-meter run in his final meet, PRing with a time of 1:56.0. He PRed in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.94 as a junior and the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.71 as a sophomore. Hubbard also competed on a number of relay teams, including the 4×400-meter relay, with a PR of 3:16.56 as a sophomore, the DMR, with a PR of 10:22.22 while running the 800-meter leg as a sophomore, the SMR, with a PR of 3:30.59 as a junior, and the 4×800-meter relay, with a PR of 7:58.20.

Hubbard competed in cross country during his final two seasons, Pring in the 4K with a time of 14:58.0 and the three-mile race with a time of 17:18.5 as a senior, and the 5K with a time of 17:44.7 and the two-mile race with a time of 11:25.1 as a junior.

Jaleel Scott (Sprints, LBJ Early College High School)

Scott competed in six different events during his career, setting PR’s in all three individual events as a sophomore, including a 10.63 in the 100-meter dash, a 21.73 in the 200-meter dash, and a 53.86 in the 400-meter dash. He also competed in three relays, with his best 4×100 and 4×400-meter relay times of 41.71 and 3:43.13, respectively, coming as a senior. He also competed in the 4×200-meter relay during his first two seasons, PRing with a time of 1:27.54 to finish seventh at the UIL 5A State Championships after winning titles at the district, area and region meets. His squad won the area meet in 2018 as well. Scott also won championships in the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the 2018 area meet, the 200-meter dash at the 2018 region meet, the 100-meter dash at the 2017 district meet, and the 4×100-meter relay at the 2017 district, area, and region meets.

Jermarrion Stewart (Sprints, Collinsville High School)

Stewart won three of his four races as a senior, including two in the 60-meter dash and one in the 200-meter dash. He also PRed in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.68. Stewart PRed in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.49 en route to a silver medal at the IHSA 3A Boys State Track & Field Championships after earning gold at both the conference and sectional championships as a junior. He also won the 200-meter dash at both of the aforementioned events and went on to finish second in the state. His PR in the 200-meter dash came earlier in the season with a time of 21.24. Stewart’s best 400-meter time came as a freshman, finishing in 48.94 en route to a fifth-place finish at the state championships. He competed as part of multiple relay teams, with his best 4×200-meter relay time coming in at 1:30.40, and his best 4×100-meter relay time clocking at 42.01, both as a freshman. Stewart also competed in the long jump as a freshman, with his best indoor jump measuring 6.34 meters and his lone outdoor jump measuring 6.01 meters.

NameEventYRHometownPrevious School/High School
Harry BarthelemyJumpsJr.Bradenton, FLSouth Alabama/Lakewood Ranch HS
Michael CampbellThrowsFr.Bloomfield, CTBloomfield High School
Janie DelgadoDistanceFr.McAllen, TXNikki Rowe High School
Andrea GallardoDistanceFr.Sharyland, TXSharyland High School
Ricardo GarciaDistanceFr.Eagle Pass, TXWinn High School
Samantha GonzalezDistanceFr.Laredo, TXLaredo Martin High School
Aviana GoodeCombined EventsGr.Bay Shore, NYSyracuse/Bay Shore High School
Marco GuajardoJumpsFr.San Juan, TXPSJA High School
Ana HernandezDistanceFr.Sharyland, TXSharyland High School
Sir HubbardLong SprintsFr.Humble, TXAtascocita High School
Estrella MedellinMiddle DistanceFr.Brownsville, TXPorter High School
Dominik MedranoDistanceFr.Edcouch, TXEdcouch-Elsa High School
Ramsey MorenoDistanceFr.Edinburg, TXVela High School
Daniella MunizSprints/JumpsFr.Rio Grande City, TXRio Grande City High School
Jeremy NinoDistanceFr.Edinburg, TXVela High School
Lupe ReyesDistanceFr.Mercedes, TXMercedes High School
Albino RodriguezDistanceFr.Edcouch, TXEdcouch-Elsa High School
Mikayla RoellSprintsGr.Victoria, TXVictoria West High School
Jaleel ScottSprintsFr.Austin, TXLBJ Early College High School
Jermarrion StewartSprintsFr.Collinsville, ILCollinsville High School
Delilah VegaDistanceFr.Mission, TXSharyland High School
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