Bulls charge on to state

By Richard Greene | Published Monday, October 23, 2017
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Entering the final 100 meters of Monday’s 4A Region II 5K, Bridgeport’s Salvador Garcia gave a final kick to get to the finish line.
He finished fifth in 16:37.
“I was trying to keep my spot on the final straight-away. I didn’t want to risk one point,” the senior said.
Each point turned out to be critical for the now statebound Bridgeport Bulls. With Salvador Garcia leading the way, Bridgeport snagged fourth place and the final state spot. Bridgeport finished 113 points — three better than district rival Decatur.
“To make it [to state] as a team shows the pure dedication,” Salvador Garcia, who is making his third trip to state and first as a team. “It was great to go with a couple of friends. To go with the whole team means a lot.”

Salvador and his brother Manuel Garcia started fast and stayed near the front the entire race. Manuel Garcia pushed into the lead around the first mile mark.
“I had a great start. It’s probably what killed me at the end,” Manuel Garcia said. “I shouldn’t have [taken the lead].”
Manuel Garcia held on to finish eighth in 16:54.
Salvador Garcia passed him in the second mile and continued to push his way toward the front just behind 9-4A champion Bryson Bassinger of Sanger.
Kaufman’s Christian Rivera took over the race shortly after the first mile and went on to win in 15;49. He finished 10 seconds ahead of Melissa freshman Judson Greer.
Bridgeport senior Eric Aguilar was in the top 10 in the first mile. He didn’t fall back far over the last two miles. Aguilar finished 15th in 17:10.
“I trying to pick it up. It was hard and I had to push through it,” Aguilar said.
Rigo Alvarez took 30th in 17:27. Senior Nathaniel Phillips put Bridgeport on its way to Round Rock, finishing 65th in 18:14 as the fifth Bull to cross the finish line.

“It’s great to final be able to go to state as a senior after going to regionals four times and falling just short,” Phillips said.
Javier Huerta finished 87th in 18:41 and Jose Huerta 105th in 19:07.

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