As a crowd cheered her in, Georgina Palomo strolled across the finish line Saturday morning in Decatur’s two-mile time trial.
Palomo turned in the Lady Eagles’ top time of 12:50 on the winding course around Decatur High School and Carson Elementary.
“I felt good about the time,” Palomo said. “I didn’t think I was going to win. I was just running.”
Palomo finished four seconds in front of Jessica Kyle.
“It went good. I went out at the right speed,” Kyle said. “The 12:52 was good for a time trial and also considering we had a hard workout this week.”
Nicole Neighbors turned in a 13:09. Taylor Butler ran 13:12, Elizabeth Culpepper 13:13, Paola Palomo 13:17 and Lluvia Ramos 13:19.
“For this early that’s awesome,” said Decatur coach David Park. “We had a good tight spread.”
Park also was impressed with the times considering the workout during the week.
“I wasn’t going to lay off for a time trial,” he said. “We worked out hard this week.”
Tyler Wilson turned in the best boys time, 10:49, over the two miles.
“It was way better than last year,” Wilson said. “I don’t remember my time, it was so bad.”
The Eagles’ top eight boys all turned in times under 12:12.
“It’s a real good start,” Wilson said.
Parker Cullop ran 11:20 as the second boys finisher.
“I felt good. It’s really early in the season, and there’s a lot of time to get better,” Cullop said.
Charlie Dobrava finished in 11:30. Bryse Hoyt ran 11:42, and Hunter Helm 11:48. Allan Allsbrooks, Joaquin Aldape and Cason Lowe crossed the finish line in 12:12.
“We were missing one,” Park said. “We’ve got to keep them tight. We can’t win like last year. We’ve got to hit like a fist.”
Decatur opens the season this week at the Friday Night Hawk Invite.