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Cross Country: Boyd, Paradise run at titles

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 18, 2014
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The first step on the path to Round Rock for Boyd and Paradise runners will be Monday in Wichita Falls at the 9-3A championships.

The Boyd and Paradise boys and girls squads will fight for one of the three regional bids at Kiwanis Park in Wichita Falls. The top 10 individuals will also advance.

The Paradise Lady Panthers enter the meet trying to chase down Holliday, the top-ranked team in Class 3A. Paradise enters the league meet ranked No. 3.

The two have raced against each other several times this season with Holliday coming out ahead.

“It’s going to be a good race,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “We get better each week. Every week we’ve got a step closer to them.”

The meet will also feature a third state-ranked team, Nocona, which was fourth in this week’s state poll.

Freshman Hannah Beth Pearson owns the Lady Panthers’ best time of 12:28, heading into district. Kaylee McConnell, Taylor Richards, April Coursey and Emily Corbin are also running well. After an early-season injury, Aliyah Read is also coming into form.

In the boys race, Boyd senior Marco Martinez appears to be the favorite after a strong fall. He won the Hebron Flying Hawk 4A race last week, running a 16:51 on a sloppy course.

“Marco should win district,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “He’s worked hard and has been running good. He’s won three meets.”

Nathan Martinez along Cameron and Aaron Hammett give the Yellowjackets a solid top four. Boyd will need their fifth runner Tanner White, Aaron Roberts-Wright, Keaton Ford or Corbin McDonald to turn in a solid run to bring home the title.

“The whole team has to run a little better,” Hernandez said.

The Paradise boys should be in the mix with J.D. Pearson, Sam Robinson and Landry Norwood leading the way.

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