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Cross Country: Decatur’s Rangle brings home 30th

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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Tough Strides

TOUGH STRIDES – Decatur’s Alan Rangle moves ahead of Levelland’s Gerardo Tarango during the 4A final Saturday. Rangle finished 30th. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

For three years, Alan Rangle waited for an opportunity to run in the state meet.

Saturday, the Decatur junior made the most of his chance, earning a 30th-place finish in the 4A race at the University Interscholastic League cross country championships. Rangle ran a 16:42 on the 5K course.

“I did all I could,” Rangle said. “I feel good. I’m coming back next year with the team.”

Levelland’s Isaac Vargas ran away from the field to win the race in 15:34. San Elizario’s Erick Aramabula was 28 seconds back in second place.

Bridgeport’s Salvador Garcia, who was returning to the state meet for the second time, turned in a 16:50 on the new course.

“I liked it better than the old one. I felt better,” he said after beating his best time by 12 seconds.

Bridgeport’s Eric Aguilar finished 40th in 16:52.

“I expected to do way better,” Aguilar said. “It was a little slick. I slipped in the beginning. Since I slipped I had to push myself.”

Manuel Garcia ran 17:10 for 65th.

Decatur junior Charlie Doubrava, who qualified for state after running as sub for Parker Cullop at regionals, took 85th in 17:20.

“I was too comfortable in the back,” Doubrava said. “When I knew the finish line was coming up, I turned from comfortable to a dead sprint. It saved my race. Overall, I’m glad I got to run in it.”

Holding On

HOLDING ON – Alvord’s Matthew Johnson nears the finish Saturday in the 2A final. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

JOHNSON FINISHES 51ST

Running in the heat of the day, Alvord junior Matthew Johnson battled through the Old Settlers Park course against the top 2A runners in the state.

Johnson finish 51st in 18:01.

He said he wasn’t a big fan of the hill.

“The hills were horrible,” he said.

He moved up a few spots in the final half of the race.

“I just sped up. I couldn’t slow down with people packed up behind me,” Johnson said.

Heated Battle

HEATED BATTLE – Slidell’s Hunter Horner toughs out the heat in the 1A final Saturday to finish 53rd. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

HORNER TAKES 53RD

Slidell sophomore Hunter Horner made his debut at the state meet, taking 53rd in the Class A race in 18:35.

“It was pretty quick. I was holding back the first mile to see what I had at the end,” Horner said. “It was a fun experience. I hope to get back next year.”

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