On May 11, 2019, Sophomore Edwin Gomez made San Elizario proud. He brought home a bronze medal in the 3200m, a gold in the 800m, and a bronze in the 1600m at the UIL Track and Field State Championship in Austin, TX.
His coach had this to say about him. “Edwin has always believed he can compete against anyone not only across the state but anyone across the nation, and due to that he always works to be the best and is never satisfied with his accomplishments, he always looking to work harder to get better results.”
This was not his first trip to the winners’ podium. Edwin also runs for the Cross Country Team.
In the last two years at San Elizario High School, he has made it to State competition in both sports, and has brought home 9 State Medals.
In 2017, he won 2 gold medals for Cross Country, one as an individual and one as part of the team. In 2018, Edwin, he earned 2 medals for Cross Country, a Silver and Bronze.
In 2018, he also brought home 2 Gold medals in the 1600m and 3200m for Track. And then again this spring, he brought home 3 medals for his Track competition.
In addition to his State accomplishments, Edwin is only the second person to qualify to the Nike Cross Country invitational in the history of El Paso County. He competed in the Nike race in Portland, Oregon on December 1, 2018. He qualified to the Nike race by placing 5th in the Nike Regionals in Houston, TX, competing against over 380 athletes from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Texas.
Not only an athlete, Edwin is a student athlete, taking AP and Pre-AP courses. He is 81st out of 271 students with a current GPA is 89.16.
When asked what keeps him motivated on and off the track, Edwin responded “What keeps me motivated to keep moving forward is my family, coaches and especially my grandmother who passed away the first cross country competition this school year. Before she passed away I promised her I would do my best in everything even though it might take some time to achieve. Moreover, one of the goals I have is to be able to run at Oregon University even though it might be a long shot I will always try my best.”
With two more years to go at San Elizario High School, this young man is a force to watch out for. We know he will bring more accolades to San Elizario.