Amberly Melendez is in first place in the photo with Anali Cisneros behind and Brenda McCollum even further back and to the left.

Pharr’s Melendez wins Texas Championship in record time

Amberly Melendez, a junior at Thomas Jefferson Early College High School, won last Friday morning’s Texas’ Largest 1 Mile Race Walk. Melendez, from Pharr, took the lead early in the Olympic development event for 14- to 19- year old athletes and led thru the first 400 meters in a blazing 1:51. She was closely chased by Elgin, Illinois, high school junior Anali Cisneros and college frosh Brenda McCollum from Fall River, Kansas. Amberly’s advantage never waned and she dominated the field with a 45 meter victory in7:29.1. Her time is the fastest  ever walked by a South Texas female walker in the history of the club and will be submitted as the new Texas high school record for 1 mile walk.
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