Presidio’s Daniela Soto first began competing in track and field while in eighth grade. At that point, she knew she found a passion.
“I promised my middle school coach – I was like, ‘if I ever make it to state, it’s going to be thanks to you,'” said Soto.
Soto fulfilled that dream during her sophomore season. Individually, she took a bronze medal in the triple jump for Class 3A. As a junior, she earned a silver medal in that event, while finishing third place in the long jump.
“Honestly, I could have done better once we were at state,” said Soto. “Individually in my jumps, I didn’t jump my farthest and I didn’t run my best”
Soto was hoping for a chance to improve those showings as a senior.
“I thought I had the chance this year to make up for it,” she said.
The Presidio girl’s team was also hunting for gold as a relay team. Last year, the Lady Devils qualified for state in the 4×200 meter relay and finished fourth in the 4×400 meter race.
All four members of that team (Soto, Davinia Mireles, Nicole Felix, and Alejandra Valles) returned in 2020
“We were working to go to state,” said Soto. “Everything just collapsed in a few days.”
While disappointed, the senior is willing to do her part to protect those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We just want this to come to an end before it gets any worse and before it gets out of control,” said Soto, who lives with her grandparents. “On the other hand, I’m glad that we’re being safe and we’re taking precautions.”
At this time, the UIL not canceled the 2020 State Track and Field Meet, although all activities are currently suspended until further notice.