Cross Country teams closing in on district meet

Cross Country teams closing in on district meet

Foreign Exchange student James Salas finished 3rd for the boys Junior Varsity team at the Mansfield meet last week. (Tijhan Anderson)

The cross-country team previously ran yet another meet this past week in Mansfield. This only leaves one meet between them and running for a district title. Several of the runners finished with medals on the day and felt good going into the meet.
“ I felt really good coming into today,” senior Mikey Reyes said. “The Mansfield course is an all flat course and my times are usually faster on a course like this.”
Junior Ana Salazer, who has received a medal at every meet this year, took the day off from the meet. For her she says that she just needs to stay focused to win district.
“I just stopped over thinking things and started thinking more positively,” Salazar said.
Everyone worked to improve their time prior to the district race. Most of them set personal records. Unfortunately none of the runners received medals. However two junior varsity runners did medal at the meet. For sophomore Eloy Arevolo it was a great introduction to a new sport for him since he is a soccer player.
“ I was very nervous, because it was my first meet to run cross country,” Arevolo said.
In his first meet Arevolo finished in the top five out of all the junior varsity runners who ran. Along with him was fellow runner James Salas also finished in the top five. Even thought it was his first meet, Arevolo felt the medal was not good enough.
“ I think I could have done better, I will next time,” Arevolo said.
The team is on an uphill run their district meet. Every runner hopes to do well at the meet and move onto Regionals. But as far as the coaches go, they predict the runners will do well.
“ I expect for both teams to be district champs, and all go onto regionals.” head coach Beale Tolbert said.
Boys coach Jerry Lozier admits that for them to win district they will have to bring their A-game, and show up ready to win.
“ We are trying to take it to the next level, and its going to have to happen on the day of the district meet for us to bring home the win,” coach Jerry Lozier said.