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WOLF PACK INVITATIONAL COUNTRY MEET
Pearsall’s Lady Mavs captured the team title and the Mavs were second in action at the Wolf Pack Invitational Cross Country Meet in Dilley on Saturday, September 4.
The Wolves were third overall at the event, coming in just behind Pearsall.
Ebony Garza was first overall to lead the Lady Mavs with a time of 13:54 and Zaine Leal finished second overall in the boys’ division for Pearsall.
“Our team is really starting to roll,” PHS Head Cross Country Coach John Hernandez said. “They’ve grasped the team concept and have started working together. They continue to push each other in practice and it’s really starting to pay off.”
The Lady Mavs ran away with the team title with 25 points as six girls placed in the top ten and nine placed in the top 15. Garza took first but behind her were Tayla Elizondo in third with a time of 14:24, Layla Torres in fifth at 14:30, Natalie Vega in seventh at 15:03, Saynika Weaver in ninth at 15:30 and Esmer Gonzalez in tenth at 15:54.
Makayla Smart was 11th, Giselle Castillo finished 12th and Tori Vega was 13th for Pearsall.
Pearsall had five runners place in the top 20 and seven in the top 30 as they edged Dilley for second by five points. Leal was second for the Mavs at 17:45 while Dylan Ortiz was 14th, Matthew Frazier finished 17th, CJ Garza was 19th and Romeo Vega finished 20th. Jorge Herrada was 27th and Tristan Ellis was 28th for Pearsall.
Eddie Ramos was fourth overall for the Wolves with a time of 17:56 while Anthony Guerra was sixth at 18:02 and Xavier Hernandez finished 11th. Abraham Rodriguez placed 25th and Julian Cruz was 31st overall.
Dilley’s Chloe Rodriguez was second overall in the girls’ division at 14:17.
Jose Gonzales was 17th overall for Cotulla at the event while Andrew Velasquez was 36th and AJ Hernandez was 37th.
“We continue to make progress,” CHS Head Coach Jose Olvera said. “Although we don’t have full teams, we had one athlete medal on varsity and eight runners medal in the junior high high division with two impressive first place wins.”
Jaylyn Del Toro was seventh in the junior varsity girls’ division while Marco Benavides was fourth, Paul Gonzales fifth and Jose Vela, 11th in the eighth grade boys’ field.
Caricia Rodriguez won in the eighth grade girls’ division while Alessandra Garcia was third.
Frankie Torres won the seventh grade boys’ division and Sareen Ramirez was third and Julianna Garcia, seventh in the girls’ field.
All three cross country teams are slated to be in competition in Bandera on Saturday, September 11.