Bulletin Staff Report

Early Longhorn Derrick Gastinger has competed in football, baseball, golf and he’s ran the hurdles in track. He can now add marathon relay runner to his athletic resum/.

The 16-year-old honor student ran the closing leg during the 32nd Annual Beach to Bay Relay in Corpus Christi on May 19. The event takes place each Armed Forces Day as a tribute to the military, and this year’s race attracted 1,543 teams — or over 9,000 runners — from the United States, Canada, England, Kenya and parts of Europe. Proceeds from the event support coastal charities.

Comprising the team along with Gastinger were his aunt and uncle from San Antonio — Dr. Claire Escamilla, M.D. and husband Anthony — his mother — Laura Gastinger — and another aunt from Amarillo — Davinia Chism. The Escamillas and Chism are marathon veterans, and the Escamillas have participated in several Beach to Bay Relays.

Gastinger received the baton from his mother and completed the final leg of the team’s 26.2-mile trek in a sprint at Cole Park.

Gastinger, who intends to continue participating in the Beach to Bay Relay, credits the Early athletic program for helping develop the stamina and speed required to compete in such an event.