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Cross Country: Bulls capture victory – Garcia twins lead way

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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WINNER – Bridgeport’s Manuel Garcia won Saturday’s 4A-and-under 5K race in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Bridgeport twins Manuel and Salvador Garcia matched each other step for step at the front of the field on their way around the course Saturday at the Joe Wheeler Park.

In the final 200 meters, Manuel took the opportunity to run away from his brother and claim the title in the 4A-and-under race at the Reunion Run. He finished the 5K in 16:35.

“At the very end when we started the downhill, I kicked it in,” Manuel Garcia said.

With the Garcias taking first and second, the Bridgeport Bulls won the team title in the division with 43 points. Boyd claimed second with 65 points. Decatur’s second squad finished fifth with 108 and Slidell ninth with 253.

The Garcias pushed themselves to the front in the first mile and hit the first split in 5:04. The two ran comfortably at the front without a challenge.

“The first mile, we felt comfortable,” Manuel Garcia said. “We knew after the first mile, we’d get first.”

The lead for the pair grew to five seconds over Boyd’s Connor Richardson at the second-mile marker, and it became evident it would be duel between them. Manuel made the pass near the end and won by three seconds over Salvador, who ran a 16:38.

“We could’ve gone faster if we were pushed,” Manuel said. “We felt comfortable the whole time. We can run better.”

Richardson finished third in 16:57. His Boyd teammate Tristan Lemasters was fourth in 17:06.

Bridgeport’s Eric Aguilar took sixth in 17:16. Rigo Alvarez garnered 15th in 17:45 and Nathanael Phillips 19th in 18 minutes.

Boyd’s Gauge Fahlin ran 17:22 for 10th. Manny Garcia took 16th in 17:46 and Blake Rodgers 32nd in 18:40.

Hunter Horner turned in Slidell’s top time of 17:43 for 14th.

REUNION RUN
DECATUR, JOE WHEELER PARK

BOYS
6A/5A 5K

Team: 1. Decatur 38, 2. Azle 58, 3. Valley View 69, 4. Arlington Heights 118, 5. Bushland 145, 6. Chisholm Trail 150

Decatur Individuals: 1. Alan Rangel, 16:12; 2. Gabriel Embree, 16:51; 10. Sergio Sanchez, 16:53; 11. Triston Read, 16:56; 12. Christian Isaac, 17:04; 16. Charles Doubrava 17:28; 29. Anthony Rodriguez, 18:06

4A-AND-UNDER 5K

Team: 1. Bridgeport 43, 2. Boyd 65, 3. Argyle 83, 4. Jim Ned 99, 5. Decatur 108, 6. Mineral Wells 148, 9. Slidell 253

Bridgeport Individuals: 1. Manuel Garcia, 16:35; 2. Salvador Garcia, 16:38; 6. Eric Aguilar, 17:16; 15. Rigo Alvarez, 17:45; 19. Nathanael Phillips, 18:00; 28. Javier Huerta, 18:24; 39. Jose Huerta, 19:01

Boyd Individuals: 1. Connor Richardson, 16:57; 4. Tristan Lemasters, 17:06; 10. Gauge Fahlin, 17:22; 16. Manny Garcia, 17:46; 32. Blake Rodgers, 18:40; 44. Colton Lawson, 19:08; 50. Lucas Loya, 19:25

Decatur Individuals: 13. Matthew Ashmore, 17:39; 18. Jonathan Mendez, 17:58; 20. Cameron Hale, 18:06; 21. Oscar Palomo, 18:10; 36. Lenin Blanco, 18:59; 51. Dominic Gross, 19:25; 65. Brody Allsbrooks, 19:56

Slidell Individuals: 14. Hunter Horner, 17:43; 38. Ben McCasland, 19:00; 54. Dillon Fortune, 19:28; 70. Brock Harwell, 20:21; 84. Jeri McCasland, 22:00

Victory Christian Individuals: 87. Bryson Gardner, 22:36

GIRLS
4A-AND-UNDER 3,200

Team: 1. Decatur 49, 2. Bridgeport 115, 3. Seymour 119, 4. Valley View 123, 5. Argyle 125, 7. Boyd 195

Decatur Individuals: 1. Taylor Butler 12:01; 5. Makenzie Fox, 12:46; 9. Elizabeth Culpepper, 13:00; 11. Kayla Leal, 13:13; 24. Audri Baber, 13:49; 25. Vanessa Sanders, 13:52; 37. Salma Pena, 14:21

Bridgeport Individuals: 4. Marisol Fraga, 12:43; 15. Melanie Guzman, 13:32; 23. Tariana Cervantes, 13:46; 36. Lexi Shield, 14:20; 40. Karen Ibarra, 14:25; 43. Breana Martinez, 14:38; 77. Jennifer Huerta, 15:44

Boyd Individuals: 7. Carrie Schwartz, 12:57; 20. Mary Miller, 13:43; 50. Kristain Bowen, 14:02; 66. Emma Clark, 15:14; 82. Jasmine Hammett, 15:55; 85. Abby Hays, 16:02

Slidell Individuals: 76. Sydney Keating, 15:39; 78. Maddie Meyer, 15:44; 100. Jayden Ellison, 18:49; 105. Jenny Licea, 22:31

Victory Christian Individuals: 86. Rylee Maggret, 16:04

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