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DISTRICT 27-3A CROSS COUNTRY
Improving her time by almost a full minute from the last time she competed at Poth, Aaliyah Charo dominated the field in claiming the girls’ District 27-3A championship on Monday, October 26.
Charo was sixth at Poth several weeks ago in what area coaches have called a difficult course but used that experience to her advantage in dominating the district field this week.
“Aaliyah, once again, represented her school well, ran her heart out and came out on top with district championship,” CHS Head Cross Country Coach Jose Olvera said. “She faced some setbacks early on, but came back strong and trained well.
“I was thrilled to see her time drop almost a minute from that last time we raced on this course. We need to keep training hard and smart as we have regionals in two weeks and it will include some fierce competition.”
Charo will now compete at the Region IV Cross Country Championships on Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Class 3A girls will run on Monday, November 9 at 10 a.m.
In the junior high division, Cotulla had a trio of runners who finished in the top ten of their respective divisions.
Marco Benavidez led the way as he was fourth overall in the seventh grade boys division. AJ Hernandez was seventh in the eighth grade boys division and Allesandra Garcia was 10th in the girls seventh grade field.
“We had a late start with our junior high team, but nevertheless, they put a great deal of effort, showed up to practices and I was proud of their accomplishments in such a short time,” Olvera said. “These boys and girls are to be commended. Both boys placed and while only one girl placed at district, they all ran a good and close race. They represented their school in a noteworthy manner.
“I also really want to thank Coach (David) Silva, Coach (Susan) Garcia and all the parents who came out to support Cotulla cross country.”