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Redskins win Borger meet, Lady Redskins take 3rd PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:27


The Liberal boys cross country team react after being announced as the Borger Invitational champions Saturday in Borger, Texas. Photo courtesy Kaden Classen

Special to the Leader & Times

The Liberal Redskin cross country teams started their season Saturday at the Borger Invitational in Borger, Texas. The Redskins joined 25 other schools to make it a very competitive meet to kick off the year. The boys ran a three mile and the girls competed in a two-mile race. 

The junior varsity girls were the first race of the day and they had four girls finish on the medal stand. The Redskins were led by senior Reyn Slatten who finished in eighth. Kimberly Alacron was the 11th finisher of the day. Ashley Hernandez was the 14th medaler in the race. Bryanna Banuelos placed 24th for the Redskins. 

Other runners included, Alexa Puerto 29th, Erika Valverde 37th, Aileen Moreno 38th, Esmeralda Gutierrez 51st, Ivette Sanchez 61st, Joann Rivera 62nd, Alondra Bolivar 66th, Emily Borjas 70th, Jennifer Mosso Ocampo 73rd, Brianna Dominguez 87th, and Leslie Blanco 90th. The Lady Red junior varsity placed second as a team with 77 points. 

The boys junior varsity team had six place on the podium in Cory Nguyen in fourth place, Aaron Barbosa 12th, Merrick Dodge 14th, Aaron Venegas 17th, Jacob Sautter 20th, and Jack Maxwell 21st. 

Other JV runners included Izek Olivas 35th, Oscar Palacios 36th, Cesar Dominguez 41st, and Malik Gavidia 57th. The boys junior varsity team finished in third place with 61 points. 

The varsity girls roster included seniors Kelsey Ramsey, Ali Lucero, and Alondra Alvarado, junior Gisselle Melendez, sophomores Katie Horyna and Audrey Gilmore, and freshman Reece Hay. Horyna not only led the Redskins but she led the race as well. Horyna’s two-mile time of 11:48 bested second place by 18 seconds. Horyna’s 3K split in her race was enough for the record books as she took over the top spot in LHS history. Horyna has the second fastest 5K record in school history and the fourth fastest 4K in school history, and she will have a shot to move up in the record books in both distances this season. 

Kelsey Ramsey was the second runner for the Redskins completing the course in 12:47 good enough for seventh place. Audrey Gilmore, in her first cross country race ever, set the bar high completing the course in 13:24 and a 26th place finish. Hay who was also competing in her first cross country race was the 44th runner to cross the line in 13:48. Ali Lucero was the Redskins fifth scoring runner in 50th place with a time of 14:01. 

The Redskins sixth and seventh runners were Gisselle Melendez and Alondra Alvarado who were 64th and 86th with times of 14:16 and 14:45. The varsity girls race was won by Boise City with a score of 85, Panhandle was second with 89, and the Redskin finished in third with 117 points. 

The varsity boys race was the last of the day, and the Redskins brought lots of experience with six juniors and one freshman making up their seven varsity runners. The duo of Xavier Perez and Antonio Borunda ran side by side until the last 400 meters when Perez pulled away to run a time of 16:49 to finish in second place, while Borunda’s time of 17:03 was the sixth best time. Javier Carrillo was closing in on Borunda as he finished right on his heels with a time of 17:06 in seventh place. 

Freshman Alex Lopez and junior Joel Obando ran times of 17:36 to place them as the 16th and 17th runners. Fausto Parral also finished on the podium with his 24th place completing the course in 18:00. Josh Diazdeleon’s time of 18:45 was the 38th best time of the day. 

The Redskins ended with 40 points to claim the team championship just edging out Amarillo’s Randall High School with 42 points. Dumas was third with 105 points. 

The LHS cross country teams will travel to Hesston Thursday to compete in the Swather Special where 57 schools are currently signed up to compete in the meet. 




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