Alfonso "Lefty" Valls, Carlos Salinas, Mike Mercado, Angel Colorado


TRACK
Mile and Medley Relay Champions
Kansas Relays
Drake Relays
Texas Relays
Border Olympics
Fat Stock Show
1948

The relay featured two runners from Laredo, Alfonso (Lefty) Valls and Carlos Salinas, and El Paso's Angel Colorado and the late Mike Mercado. The foursome placed small East Texas State on the sports map, winning several prestigious track meets around the nation. They took titles at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa; the Kansas Relays in Lawrence; the Texas Relays in Austin and the Border Olympics in Laredo. The Valls family has furnished Laredo with top athletic talent. Lefty's brothers, Mike, John, Willie and the late Luis Valls, were track standouts. The Valls brothers made history at the 1948 Border Olympics. All competed in different divisions. John ran for Baylor, Lefty for East Texas and Willie for Martin High. In 1941, Lefty and Salinas qualified for the state schoolboy track meet in the hurdles and 440 dash. Both had sour luck at state. Lefty fell on the last hurdle after being the favorite and Salinas was disqualified after winning on a bumping incident. Salinas now makes his home in Del Rio. Lefty is a teacher - businessman. Mercado and Colorado ran for El Paso Bowie High. Mercado, who died in California some five years ago, was the state high school 440 champion. Colorado still lives in El Paso and works for that city's health department.