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Horyna takes third straight gold for Liberal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 September 2017 09:43


Coach Paul Fisher motivates Josh Diazdeleon during a cross country meet in Hugoton Saturday. Photo courtesy Kaden Classen

Special to the Leader and Times

The Liberal Redskin cross country teams competed in one of the largest cross country meets in Western Kansas when they traveled to Hugoton Saturday.  

Twenty-six teams from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas ran in the Hugoton Invitational.

The Liberal JV girls got the team win, getting all five girls in the top 10 of the race. The girls were led by Gisselle Melendez who placed second, Kim Alacron in third, Tania Minjarez in fourth, Erika Valverde in seventh and Esmeralda Gutierrez in ninth.  

The boys’ JV team took second place behind Hugoton. Three boys placed in the top 10 of the race with Cory Nguyen finishing in second, Aaron Venegas in third and Aaron Barbosa in seventh place.

The varsity girls came into the meet as the defending champions but graduated four of the seven runners from last year’s team.

The girls were led once again by Katie Horyna who won her third consecutive race. Horyna had competition for the first two miles, but then she ran away from the field in the final mile, winning the race by 39 seconds with a time of 20:16.  Kelsey Ramsey and Audrey Gilmore were the next two Redskins to finish the course both running lifetime personal best times to finish seventh and eighth in 21:19 and 21:21.  

Ali Lucero and Alondra Alvarado completed the course in 22:14 and 22:15 to finish 18th and 19th.

Reece Hay was the sixth runner for the Redskins coming in as the 21st runner of the race with a time of 22:39. 

Reyn Slatten, making her varsity debut this season, ran a time of 23:38 to place 30th. 

Scott City won the meet with a score of 38 points, Liberal placed second with 47, and defending state champion Hugoton Eagles placed third with 95 points.  

The boys’ varsity team was led by the duo of Xavier Perez and Javier Carrillo who both crossed the line in 17:29 to place eighth and ninth.  

Antonio Borunda placed 15th, running a time of 18:00. Alex Lopez was the fastest freshman in the race, running the course in 18:16 to crack the top 20 in 19th place.  

Fausto Parrall’s time of 18:25 was good enough for 21st place. Joel Obando and Josh Diazdeleon were 24th and 27th in the race with times of 18:46 and 18:57. The defending state champion Hugoton Eagles won the meet with 53 points.  Lamar, Colo., had a team score right behind Hugoton. The Redskins had the third best team score with 68 points.  

The varsity cross country teams will travel Saturday to Rim Rock Farms cross country course hosted by the University of Kansas. Saturday’s meet is one of the largest high school meets ran in the Midwest with more than 100 schools from six different states competing.




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