Lady Eagles finish second at region, qualify for state

By Reece Waddell | Published Monday, October 22, 2018.
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As a freshman and sophomore at Weatherford, Hanul Lewis had trouble navigating the course at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“I remember struggling to the point where I couldn’t breathe at all and was walking basically,” Lewis said. “It was the worst course ever.”

Monday at the 4A Region I championships, Lewis left her past demons in the dust.

The Decatur senior finished fourth overall with an 11:48.40, leading the Lady Eagles to a second-place finish and berth at the state championships in Round Rock.

“I’m so excited,” Lewis said. “We’ve never been closer than we have this year. It’s going to be an amazing experience.”

Decatur scored 94 points, finishing 61 back of first-place Canyon. They tallied 33 points and had three runners in the top 10.
Freshman Jentry Lamirand stayed with Lewis for most of the race, finishing fifth with an 11:55. Decatur had three runners in the top 25, with Makenzie Fox placing 19th. She clocked a 12:36.20.

Lewis said having Lamirand on her hip helped pace her throughout the race.

“I think we really pushed each other today,” Lewis said. “It’s internal competition. We’re there for each other, and as Coach Park said, we feed off each other’s energy.”

Kayla Leal took 35th, posting a 12:53. Grace Lowery was 38th and Genoveva Pancheco 47th.

It is the 16th straight year the Lady Eagles have qualified for state and the first time since 2014 both the Decatur boys and girls advanced to the state championships

“I’m just beside myself,” Park said “To get two teams out, it doesn’t happen very often.”

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