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PEARSALL CROSS COUNTRY
Pearsall had five boys and six girls all placed in the top 25 in their respective divisions in the inaugural cross country action of the season in Ingram on Saturday, September 19.
Amid the backdrop of a worldwide pandemic and the ensuing safety measures accompanying it, Pearsall Cross Country Coach John Hernandez said he was pleased with the team’s efforts in spite of difficult conditions.
“Well the area there has a lot of hills that our kids weren’t used to but they still did very well,” PHS Cross Country Coach John Hernandez said. “The beginning of the season has been very challenging but I believe I have a great group of passionate, coachable kids that are very dedicated to our program.
“The protocols in Kerr County are different from ours but I urged our kids to keep our rules in place. Zaine and Ebony did awesome this meet as they led the boys and girls to a very good showing.”
Zaine Leal led the team as he was third overall in the boys’ division.
Jorge Herrada was seventh and Matthew Frazier was eighth. Tristan Ellis came in 14 for Pearsall and Seth Salinas was 22nd.
Ebony Garza paced the Lady Mavs as she was tenth overall in the girls’ division.
Kiana Kebbi was 13th, Tayla Elizondo finished 19th and Emma Hernandez came in 23rd.
Natalie Vega was 24th for Pearsall and Tori Vega was 25th while Sieya Martinez came in 28th for Pearsall.
“It was a very tough course,” Coach Hernandez said. “But they all performed very well and our coaches were very proud.
“We’re happy to be competing and look forward to a great season.”
Pearsall’s cross country teams will return to action this week as they compete at the Wolf Pack Invitational in Dilley on Saturday, September 26.
The 16-team field will run in two groups with Pearsall’s boys running at 8 a.m., followed by the girls and a second group running at 10 a.m.