Peveto running for double gold


Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Saturdays UIL state track meet but lightening could strike twice with Eli Peveto of LC-M.

Competing in both the 3200 and 1600 meter races Peveto has a legitimate chance for double gold medals.  The 3200 meter race is slated for 9am Saturday morning, the 1600 meter race will fire at 9pm Saturday night.

“It will be a long day for sure,” said Peveto, who narrowly missed podium finishes last year, finishing both races in fourth place.

“I should have plenty of time to recover for the second race, but Im definitely going all out for the (morning) 3200.”

Both races will feature a 3-way “battle royale” between the senior Peveto and sophomores Judson Greer of Melissa, and Edwin Gomez of San Elizario.  All three runners have the top three finishing times for 2019.  

Greer is the likely favorite for both races with top times of 4:17.65 (1600m) and 9:15.62 (3200m) but Peveto is right on his heels with times of 4:26.90 (1600m) and 9:15.75 (3200m).  Another wildcard is Gomez will also be running the 800 meter race in the afternoon for a grueling triple race day.

With the threat of high winds and thunderstorms forecasted Peveto’s main concern will be the temperature.

“I run my best when Im not dying of a heat stroke,” said Peveto.

An interesting tidbit is Peveto has not ran a personal best time in 2019 when it comes to the 1600 meter race.  He is looking to peak this weekend and his time will need to be under 4:17.65, the best time set this year by the front runner Greer.

“I’ve been focusing all year on the 2 mile (3200m),”  said Peveto.  

“There wasn’t a lot of competition in the 1 mile (1600m) this year so my focus was not there.”

Peveto broke the school record earlier this year in the 3200 meters and would be the schools first ever middle distance gold medalist at the 4A level.

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