Title slips by Lady Eagles

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, October 27, 2012
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OFF-AND-RUNNING – The Bridgeport Sissies take off from the starting line at the district meet. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

For the first time in David Park’s nine years as Decatur cross country coach, the Lady Eagles did not win a district title. Without one of their top runners on the course Wednesday, Decatur placed second, one point behind Sanger.

Sanger won the meet with 31 points, Decatur had 32, and Krum was third with 98. Bridgeport placed fifth with 117.

The top three teams advance to the regional meet Nov. 3.

RUNNER-UP – Decatur’s Jessica Kyle finishes second at the District 9-3A Cross Country Meet Wednesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Sophomore Nicole Neighbors was held out of the run due to a strained hamstring in hopes she will be at full strength for the regional meet Nov. 3.

Although the Lady Eagles were down a runner, Park was thrilled with the way the rest of his team picked up the slack.

“We always want to win, but you also want to get out,” Park said about Wednesday’s results. “I have never been as enthused at finishing second as I was about our girls and the job they did. To run one point within Sanger is saying a lot.”

Sanger’s Bryce Perry cruised to the top individual spot with a time of 12:10.

Decatur’s Jessica Kyle took second in 12:28. Paola Palomo captured fourth in 12:34. Georgina Palomo placed fifth in 12:36. Nancy Torres ran 12:42 for sixth.

Morgan Haney was Decatur’s fifth runner, crossing the finish line in 13:17 for 15th. Hope Fuller finished 16th in 13:26, and Lluvia Ramos was 17th in 13:36.

Bridgeport was led by Lacey Erwin in 19th with a time of 13:47. Sabrina Garza was close behind in 20th with a time of 13:49. Elizabeth Wiedemann ran 14:04 for 24th. Lauren Stowers took 26th in 14:23.

Landrie Walsh was the Sissies’ fifth runner, in 31st with a time of 14:43. Elaina Peyton took 33rd in 15:12.

“The varsity girls had to face some adversity at the beginning of the season with a couple of teammates deciding to not continue with the remaining regional qualifiers from last year,” Bridgeport coach Dayna Hudson said. “Our returning girls were awesome role models. At the district meet, our new teams faced state-ranked teams and did it courageously.”

LAST WORD – The Decatur Lady Eagles huddle one last time before the start of the race. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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