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Warriors take 3 of 4 cross country titles PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:30

• L&T staff report

Arkalon Park hosted the Middle School Western Athletic Conference cross country meet Saturday, and Eisenhower Middle School claimed three of four titles.

The seventh grade Lady Warriors came close to making it an Eisenhower sweep but  just missed the title, finishing six points behind Hays. Four of the eight schools fielded enough athletes to have team scores.

“We knew going in that Hays was going to be tough to beat,” Eisenhower coach Brandi Fowler said. “Our girls set personal records, which is always the goal of every runner.”

Ashlynd Winchell took 15th for the Lady Warriors and Hazel Gandra took 12th. 

Andrea Rivas was right in front at 11th place.

Alexxis Najera had the best race of her season and finished in eighth place.

Hallie West also had her personal record and best race of her season and finished in second place.

“This team will be a force to reckoned with when they run next year,” Fowler said.

Seymour Rogers’ seventh grade girls did not field enough girls for a team score, but April Olvera turned in the best tie for the Lady Apaches as the 26th runner to cross the line.

In the seventh grade boys race, the Warriors earned the MSWAC title.

David villa finished 13th for the Warriors, and Ellian Laguna took 12th.

Anthony Castilleja finished eighth, and Gideon Wright came in sixth.

Josiah Perez was the top finisher for the Warriors in third place, all setting personal records.

The Apaches finished eight with top finisher Oscar Valverde coming in 16th.

Five teams turned in team scores in the eighth grade girls division, and Eisenhower was at the top.

Vanessa Rivas came in 16th for the Lady Warriors, and Joceline Hernandez took 13th. Ashley Carrillo finished 11th, and Helena Combs came in sixth.

Jacqueline Hernandez finished third overall to lead the Lady Warriors to the title.

The Lady Apaches finished fifth with Shiya Bhakta finishing in 25th place as the highest finisher for Seymour Rogers.

The eighth grade Warrior boys also claimed the league title in a field of seven scoring teams.

Philip Harp took 23rd place for the Warriors, and Carlos Roman came in 20th.

Carson Gilmore finished 16th, and Coby Tran was just ahead in 15th place.

Logan Miller set the pace for the Warriors, finishing seventh.

The Apaches eighth grade boys finished third.

Diego Martinez finished 28th, and Fabian Tarango came in 27th.

Juan Ailon came in 21st, and Irving Mendez finished 19th.

Seymour Rogers’ Ivan Burciaga was Liberal’s top runner, finishing in fifth place.

But the Warriors earning three out of four titles was a dominating performance.

“This was a season like no other,” Fowler said. “The EMS cross country team swept three meets, which is something I have never seen before this year.”




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