The Junior High completed the 2014 Cross Country season running the district race in Bandera. The Junior High girls ran first. We had 5 girls run to make a team. This year seems to be a year when the Lytle Cross Country program had to deal with a large number of injuries.
Cross Country is a team sport and if you lose a runner it effects the team. The five girls stepped up and ran well placing 5th as a team. Three of the young ladies medaled.
Clarissa Cantu 14:27 10th – medaled
Erika Frazier 14:52 12th – medaled
Shelbie Elizondo 15:25 15th – medaled
Monique Covarubbias 16:31 24th
Khloe Moran 17:55 31st
In Junior High we usually run the last races of any meet. I tell them it’s because we save the best for last. This year that was true. The 7th grade boys all ran well and three of the four lads medaled and all set times they didn’t know they could run at the beginning of the year. The times in parenthesis is the time they ran last week.
Johnny Gonzales 14:03 (14:48) 11th – medaled
Jared Garrison 14:06 (14:25) 13th – medaled
Seth Elizondo 14:25 (15:47) 15th – medaled
Zach Rodriguez 15:57 (17:06) 24th
If they would have had one more runner they would have placed in the top three as a team.
We look at growth and do students make a year’s gain in school. The AYP for the 8th grade Cross Country lads exceled above one year’s growth. Last year as seventh graders, not one runner placed in the top ten. Last year the team placed a distant fourth in the district race. This year the boys placed the highest of any team in Lytle. The medaled third and as you can see in the picture each boy earned a third place medal. The team placed third and individually Joshua Montes was crowned the 8th grade boys district champion. When I compare his and Paul’s time to Adrian Valdez’s time in 8th grade they are comparable. Adrian ran an 11:25 in 2008 and was district champion.
Joshua Montes 12:04 (12:37) 1st – District Champion
Paul Tomlison 12:06 (12:49) 4th – Medalist
Eli Garrison 13:57 (15:40) 17th
Cody Lopez 14:38 (16:03) 27th
Gage Eichman 14:42 (15;01) 28th
AJ Marin 17:23 (18:13) 36th
Wyatt Conover 22:16 (24:50) 40th
Tell these athletes congratulations on a season well done. Most of these athletes have run over 150 miles this season. Thanks to all the parents who get them to practice and come watch them at the meets. These athletes exhibit this unknown quote: “Associate with people of good qualities; it is better to be alone than in bad company.” They have truly become Ohana.
“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” Lilo and Stitch
Hadley Foster Jr
Lytle junior high CC