Cross Country: Yellowjackets headed to state

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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Making History

MAKING HISTORY – The Boyd Yellowjackets – Gauge Fahlin, Colton Lawson, Manny Garcia, Tristan Lemasters, Connor Richardson, Blake Rodgers and Lucas Loya – earned the first team trip to state for the program. Submitted photo

Throughout the long, strenuous workouts over the summer and the invitational meets this fall, the Boyd Yellowjackets kept their focus on being ready for the 3A Region I race in Lubbock.

Monday, the Yellowjackets’ preparation paid off.

Boyd finished third on the Mae Simmons Park course to earn the program’s first team berth into the University Interscholastic League cross country championships.

Boyd tallied 127 points. Tornillo won the Region I title with 46 and Presidio was second with 108.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “Last year, we didn’t run the way we wanted. This year, we were more headstrong.”

Hernandez noted that this state berth adds to the hard work put in by the 2014 squad and others to build the program to this point that had just eluded the Yellowjackets in recent years.

Boyd will now be on the course with state’s best Nov. 4 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

“The pressure is off now. We just needed to get out. It’s nice to finally break down the door,” Hernandez said. “A lot of weight is off these guys.”

Tornillo’s Juan Rivera won the 5K in 16:19. Tornillo took the top three spots.

Boyd’s Connor Richardson paced the Yellowjackets, running 16:48.

Boyd put four runners in the top 40. Tristan Lemasters ran 17:17 for 17th. Gauge Fahlin took 24th in 17:37 and Manny Garcia 37th in 18:02.

Colton Lawson was the fifth Yellowjacket finisher, sealing the state berth. Lawson ran 18:27 for 54th.

Blake Rodgers was 56th in 18:30 and Lucas Loya 66th in 18:50.

“I think we could’ve run better but the winds were gusting 20 to 30 mph,” Hernandez said. “It hurt times.”

Boyd will be joined at state by Paradise’s Matthew Eisen, who earned a berth with his 11th-place finish in 17:07.

As a team Paradise finished ninth with 297 points.

Kobe Wakefield ran 18:08 for 40th. Justin Culp took 46th in 18:15, Jacoby Isaacs 115th in 20:05 and Cordell Scarlett 126th in 20:19.

Ryan Austin was 136th in 20:39 and Masun Luna 148th in 21:09.

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