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PEARSALL CROSS COUNTRY
In their final tune-up prior to district competition, the Cotulla cross country team ran at the McMullen County Invitational in Tilden over the weekend where Aaliyah Charo took first overall at the event.
Battling nagging injuries this year, Charo fought back and won her first event since the September 26 Wolf Pack Invitational in Dilley.
“Aaliyah had to work hard to bounce back from an injury,” CHS Cross Country Coach Jose Olvera said. “Her strong work ethic and determination was evident as she placed first by an overwhelming distance and continues to improve her time. I am extremely proud of her.”
Olvera was also elated to finally be able to field a full complement of junior high school teams.
“For the first time we had a girls junior high team and a seventh and eighth grade boy join the Cotulla cross country team,” he said. “These kids only had one week of practice and went out and ran their hearts out, they represented Cotulla cross country well.
“This was a tough first time course and I commend all of them for doing their best. Four of our five girls medaled and our boys had an exciting finish.”
Charo clocked in at 12:05 in her race as she finished well ahead of the rest of the field.
In junior high action, five seventh grade girls placed at the meet.
Caricia Rodriguez was 11th, Alessandra Garcia, 13th, Jesirae Gonzales, 19th, Janelle Gonzales, 20th and Bella Linares was 25th.
Marcos Benavides was fifth for the seventh grade boys while Anthony Hernandez came in seventh for the eighth grade.
“I want to thank the parents who came out and supported us and our senior Aaliyah Charo, who, in role model fashion, stayed and cheered on the junior high runners,” Olvera said. “We will have to continue working hard as next week is district in Poth and it will be another challenging race.”
The 30-3A meet is scheduled for Monday, October 26 in Poth.