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Silver finish: Lady Eagles bring home medal

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Running to the Top

RUNNING TO THE TOP – The Decatur Lady Eagles claimed second-place in Class 4A Saturday at the UIL Cross Country Championships, medaling for the first time since 2014. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur’s Hanul Lewis and Jentry Lamirand entered the home stretch of the Class 4A girls 3,200 Saturday neck-and-neck like they had virtually all season long.

Pacing the Lady Eagles since August, the speedy duo helped Decatur medal at the UIL cross country championships in Round Rock for the first time since 2014.

“It was Hanul and me, and I was like ‘This is how it’s supposed to be,'” Lamirand said. “She’s been the best. There’s no other person I’d rather have than Hanul. She pushed me, and in the end, I started pushing her. I’m just glad I’ve had an example like her to push me this far.”

ONE LAST RACE – Decatur senior Hanul Lewis runs during the Class 4A girls 3,200 Saturday in Round Rock. Lewis took 11th in 4A. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Lewis and Lamirand finished 11th and 12th overall, leading the Lady Eagles to a second-place finish in Class 4A. Lewis clocked an 11:55.87, and Lamirand was right behind her in 11:57.72.

When the dust settled on a windy day at Old Settlers Park, Decatur had scored 88 points, finishing 34 points back of 4A champion Canyon.

Two weeks ago at the 4A Region I meet, Canyon beat the Lady Eagles by 61.

“Every now and then you run up against a team like Canyon you just can’t deal with,” said Decatur coach David Park. “Instead of saying, ‘We can’t beat them,’ they went out and gave it all they had. We ran out of gas, but that’s OK. I guarantee you we left it all on the course.”

Park said several coaches had the Lady Eagles leading after the first mile. Canyon then made a surge and packed up to secure the title.

The silver medal performance is Decatur’s best finish at the state championships since 2014, when they also got second. It was the Lady Eagles’ 15th straight appearance at the state meet.

Junior Makenzie Fox posted a 12:06 to take 15th, joining Lewis and Lamirand in the top 25. Freshman Grace Lowery ran a 12:28 for 30th. Sophomore Kayla Leal was 40th with a 12:37 and Genovena Pancheco 83rd with a 13:03.

Rashae’ Fowler finished in 145th in 14:33.

Lewis – Decatur’s only senior – wrapped up her first and only season on the Lady Eagles’ varsity squad with a silver medal. She transferred from Weatherford in 2017 and was forced to run junior varsity last year due to UIL transfer rules.

She conceded there were some emotions about her time at Decatur coming to an end.

“Everyone ran as hard as they could,” Lewis said. “I’ve never been closer to people in my life. They’re like family. I’m going to miss them so much. I’m kind of sad I have to leave, but I’m glad I’m leaving on a good note.”

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