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Cross Country: Kyle finishes 35th at Marcus

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Running her first 5K of the season and in the top classification, Decatur’s Jessica Kyle held her own Saturday at the Marcus Invitational.

Kyle turned in a 20:14 to take 35th in the 6A race at Denton’s North Lakes Park.

“I did good,” she said. “It was the first three-mile race I’ve done this year. Whenever you hit the two-mile mark, you’re thinking you should be done.”

Kyle moved up in the field from the first mile to finish. After running a 6:13 in the first mile she was 57th. Even against the area’s top runners, she improved 22 spots over the final two miles.

“It helps, running against the bigger schools,” Kyle said. “It makes you run faster.”

As a team, the Decatur girls finished 12th with 341 points. Marcus won the meet with 63.

Taylor Butler took 85th in 21:02. Elizabeth Culpepper finished 90th in 21:07. Nicole Neighbors crossed the finish line in 21:22 for 99th. Lluvia Ramos was Decatur’s fifth runner in 21:25 for 102nd.

Georgina Palomo finished 103rd in 21:25, and Paola Palomo 128th in 21:47.

Decatur coach David Park was encouraged by the showing.

“It was our first time to run a 5K,” Park said. “We treated it like a spirited tempo run. We finished strong and were passing people coming up the stretch. I was proud of how they worked together and ran.”

The Decatur boys finished 29th with 739 points.

Tyler Wilson turned in the team’s best time of 17:26 for 78th.

“I felt pretty good. I put myself on a governor,” Wilson said. “My legs felt great today.

“For this being a 6A meet, we did very well.”

Parker Cullop finished 151st in 18:23. Bryce Hoyt took 186th in 18:59. Charles Doubrava was 190th in 19:07. Alen Rangel crossed the finish line in 19:12 as Decatur’s fifth runner.

Hunter Helm came in 220th in 19:45, and Cason Lowe 237th in 20:03.

“Tyler ran a smart race and is really starting to embrace his role,” Park said. “Parker and Bryce were where I thought they would be.

“You’ve got to always be chasing something. When you’re chasing, you’re going to improve.”

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