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Cross Country: Teams ready to run district races

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Wise County’s cross country teams have logged dozens of miles in races leading up to the district meets this week and the start of the championship portion of the season.

Here’s a brief breakdown of this week’s district races.

DISTRICT 9-4A

Bridgeport and Decatur teams run Wednesday afternoon in the District 9-4A race at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur.

Races start at 3 p.m.

Decatur’s coach David Park said his runners must trust their training at this point in the season.

“I tell them it’s OK to be excited, but don’t get nervous. You’ve put the miles in to prepare,” he said.

In the girls race, he expects to see senior Taylor Butler fighting for the district title with Lanie Rogers of Argyle, but he also plans for the team to advance.

“The main thing is that we just pack up tight and run a smart race,” he said. “At the end of the day, we want to win, but we also have to make sure we advance. We don’t want to do anything stupid. We just want to move on.”

Park expects the boys race to be even more competitive and an entertaining race to watch.

“You’ve got three of the top 10 ranked teams in one district. There’s going to be some back and forth,” he said. “Sanger and Bridgeport are going to give us everything we want and throw Argyle in there…it’s going to be a competitive situation.”

Park expects Alan Rangel and Sanger’s Bryson Bassinger to duel it out for the individual medal, but he also noted twins Manuel and Salvador Garcia of Bridgeport and Decatur’s Tristan Read can’t be counted out.

Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor said her runners are looking forward to Wednesday’s meet. Their goal is to get back to regionals.

“Four of our top five are seniors and one of their goals when they were freshmen was to make it to regionals all four years,” she said, “so we’re looking at a team wanting to get out and get back to regionals that last time.” Taylor said the boys run hard and they all operate with a true team mentality.

The Sissies haven’t advanced to regionals since 2013, according to Taylor, but this year they’re in contention.

“We’re trying to make top 10 with one of our freshmen,” she said. “We’re looking to do something as a team that we haven’t done in three or four years. We’re going to have to do some things strategically and try to get in a spot to make it to regionals with the boys.”

Taylor said she told her runners to throw their whole heart out there and see where it takes them.

“Embrace the moment and embrace the opportunity you have in front of you,” she said.

DISTRICT 11-2A

Alvord and Chico cross country teams will run in the District 11-2A meet Wednesday in Poolville.

Alvord coach Aaron Tefertiller said although he doesn’t have the same team that won district and just missed a bid to state last year, runners Colten Parker and Will Martin have a shot to advance.

“Colten won last year as a freshman, and I’m hoping he can do well again this year,” he said. “Will has been running right behind Colten, so I’m hoping he does well, too. I’m going to have to have some other guys step up who didn’t anticipate running this year.”

Tefertiller said everything is set up for them to run their personal best.

“For a few of them, I’ll remind them it’s the end of the race that gets you where you need to go, not the start,” he said.

DISTRICT 9-2A

The Boyd and Paradise High Schools will run their district meet 9 a.m. Thursday at Boyd High School.

The two squads ran against most of the district on the course Sept. 2.

In the girls race Paradise, led by Hannah Beth Pearson, Maddie Mitschke and Kaycee Martin, will try to chase down a strong Holliday squad. Boyd’s Carrie Schwartz has been running strong all season for an improving Lady Yellowjacket team.

The Boyd Yellowjackets, ranked No. 9 in 3A, have trained hard all season with a state spot as their goal. The first step in the process is the district meet. Connor Richardson has finished in the top three five times this season and ran 16:57 at the Lubbock ISD Invitational and at the Reunion Run. Gauge Fahlin, Manny Garcia and Tristan Lemasters have also regularly been in or around the top 10 at races this season.

Matthew Eisen leads the Paradise Panthers, who will be vying for a regional spot.

DISTRICT 6-5A

Northwest High School runs its district meet Friday in White Settlement.

The Texans, led by juniors Jacob Webster, Carson Hughes and Joseph Thomas, will be looking to start a journey back to Round Rock.

The Lady Texans will follow the lead of senior Taylor Esquivel in trying get out of a tough district.

DISTRICT 21-A

The Slidell Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds will compete in the 21-A championships at Bowie’s Twisted Oaks Golf Course Wednesday.

Hunter Horner leads a Slidell boys squad that will be vying for the district title.

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