Efrain Hernandez had quite the performance at the District 8-5A meet Saturday in Hewitt.
The Ellison senior repeated as the district champ in the 800-meter dash and claimed gold in the 1600-meter run for the first time.
On Thursday, Hernandez claimed KDHPressbox.com Player of the Week honors in a race far closer than his two landslide wins in Hewitt.
Hernandez held off a late charge from Belton pitcher Tanner Frick on Thursday afternoon, edging him by 37 votes for a total of 842, good for 43 percent of the total vote.
“I asked my teachers and friends that played baseball to vote,” Hernandez said. “I knew (Frick) was going to be up there with me because they only have one high school.”
Frick, a sophomore lefty who tossed his second no-hitter of the season against Harker Heights, topped 800 votes in the final half hour of the contest but wasn’t able to catch Hernandez, finishing with 41 percent of the vote.
Also nominated were a pair of Lady Knights in Heights pitcher Sierra Warren, who tossed a two-hit shutout against Ellison, and versatile athlete Vivian Walters, who repeated as district champion in the triple jump and ran on the Lady Knights’ district champion 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams.
On a chilly April Saturday, Hernandez also claimed two golds and said the weather, for the most part, didn’t affect him.
And as happy as Hernandez was to win district in two events and then take Player of the Week honors, he was even more excited about what is to come as he will compete in the Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles on Saturday and the area meet next week.
Now that he knows he has the support of the community behind him from the Player of the Week voting, Hernandez is ready to take on all comers Saturday at Arcadia High School.
“It kind of gives me a little more hope since I know a lot of people know me and they know I can do it and they have faith in me,” Hernandez said. “It gives me a little bit more confidence. In my head, I think I can actually do it. I can win.”
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