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Cross Country: Eagles keep Summit title at home

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Looking for an Opening

LOOKING FOR AN OPENING – Decatur’s Alan Rangel tries to split Lewisville runners during the Assault of Eagle Summit Saturday. Rangel finished fourth. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

After battling the hills of the Assault of Eagle Summit course, Decatur senior Alan Rangel found himself in a footrace with Lewisville’s Tyler Hopkin for third place in the 6A/5A 5K Saturday.

In the final steps, Hopkin slightly edged out Rangel. The Decatur lead runner finished fourth in 17:28.

“I had a strong finish. I thought I had the guy,” Rangel said. “He had a strong kick.”

Rangel’s fourth-place finish led Decatur to the team title in the top division at the Eagle Summit race at Decatur High School. Decatur finished with 45 points – three better than Lewisville. Whitesboro was third with 53.

Rangel turned in a solid time on the course full of hills, despite running with an aching foot. Rangel had it iced after the race.

“Injuries are part of the season. I had a good year last year. Hopefully this goes away by championship season,” he said.

The Eagles race Saturday in Denton at South Lake Park and again on Sept. 30 at the Reunion Run before the 9-4A championships Oct. 11 at Joe Wheeler Park.

Rangel started a parade of Eagles across the finish line. Triston Read followed him in fifth in 17:36. Gabe Embree took sixth in 17:37. Charles Doubrava ran 18:31 for 14th. Christian Isaac was the fifth Eagle in 16th in 18:39. Oscar Palomo was 27th in 19:52.

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