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Cross Country: Lewis, Rangel set pace in trial

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Blasting Off

BLASTING OFF – Decatur runners take off at the start of Saturday’s time trial. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Through the first 800 meters Saturday morning, Decatur’s Alan Rangle felt he was off pace.

The 2016 state meet qualifier then lowered the hammer over the last mile, flirting with eclipsing 10 minutes in the two-mile time trial at Decatur High School. Rangle crossed the finished line in a blazing 10:04.

“I knew I was off pace and had to pick it up. During the second mile, I felt like I was flying,” Rangle said. “Going up the hill, I was on pace for a sub-10. That was the goal. Without the hill, I may have been in the 9:50s.”

Rangle led a strong showing by the Eagles squad that featured eight runners breaking 11 minutes.

“I’m really proud of the team. Eight under 11 – that’s smoking,” Rangle said. “Last year, we only had three.”

After the time trial, Decatur coach David Park pointed out that times were on par or close to the times turned in during the 2012 trial by the eventual state champions.

“Times don’t lie. I always like to look back to see where teams start,” Park said. “I was impressed.”

But the coach reiterated that this is only a start with two tough months of training ahead.

Gabe Embree followed Rangle across the finish line in 10:27. The sophomore, who was 11th last year in the time trial, worked his way up through the final mile and half.

“At the beginning, I was pretty nervous. As the race went on, I got more comfortable,” Embree said.

Tristan Read ran 10:36 for third. Sergio Sanchez was fourth in 10:42, Christian Isaac fifth in 10:44, Lanin Blanco sixth in 10:47 and Anthony Rodriguez seventh in 10:57. Charlie Doubrava ran 10:58 in eighth.

Hanul Lewis won the girls time trial in 12:32.

“It was hard. I had to find a way to keep pushing,” Lewis said. “It’s a good start. I hope to lower my time down to the 11s.”

Lewis, a transfer from Weatherford, said she is adjusting to her new team quickly.

“They were very welcoming. They are all nice and brought me in like family,” she said.

Taylor Butler finished second in 12:47, a second ahead of Elizabeth Culpepper. Kayla Leal was fourth in 13:16, Vanessa Sanders fifth in 13:43, Parker Johnson sixth in 13:48 and Quinn Helm in 13:56.

“Our team packed up so well,” Butler said. “It’s not an ‘I’ thing. It’s about the whole team. Our top three were really close. I’m excited to see what we can do.”

TWO-MILE TIME TRIAL

GIRLS

1. Hanul Lewis, 12:32
2. Taylor Butler, 12:47
3. Elizabeth Culpepper, 12:48
4. Kayla Leal, 13:16
5. Vanessa Sanders, 13:43
6. Parker Johnson, 13:48
7. Quinn Helm, 13:56

BOYS

1. Alan Rangle, 10:04
2. Gabe Embree, 10:27
3. Tristan Read, 10:36
4. Sergio Sanchez, 10:42
5. Christian Isaac, 10:44
6. Lanin Blanco, 10:47
7. Anthony Rodriguez, 10:57
8. Charlie Doubrava, 10:58

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