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HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
ANNUAL MEET NAMED AFTER FORMER COACH WHO CREATED DHS CC PROGRAM, WON 1997 STATE TITLE
Dilley will play host to the inaugural Robert C. Salazar Cross Country Invitational this Saturday, September 2 at Gosch Field.
There will be 17 teams in contention for titles in the boys’ and girls’ divisions at the event.
Teams in attendance will include Charlotte, Crystal City, Jourdanton, Natalia, Poteet, Cotulla, South San West Campus, Pearsall, Knippa, Bandera, Eagle Pass Memorial, San Antonio St. Anthony, Sabinal, Laredo Harmony, Eagle Pass, Uvalde Classical Academy and La Pryor.
The event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. with the varsity girls and their two-mile course. Varsity boys will then hit the course for their 5K run.
The junior varsity girls will begin their two mile run at 8:30 a.m. followed by the JV boys at 9 a.m.
The seventh grade boys and girls will hit the course at 9:30 a.m. in two chutes and will be followed by the eighth grade boys and girls, likewise running in two chutes.
The annual cross country meet is now named after former DHS Cross Country Coach Robert C. Salazar. Salazar began teaching and coaching at Dilley ISD in 1974, and spent four decades at DISD. He was a football, basketball, and track coach during his early years at Dilley and launched the cross country program in 1986. He led the boys team to the 1997 state title and had a two-time state champion runner in Henry Esqueda, who won titles in 1998 and 1999.
Salazar won numerous district and regional titles and was instrumental in starting the DES track program in 1974 and AAU track programs in Dilley in 1977. Salazar retired in 2005 after having won four district titles in five years.