The Lytle Cross Country team traveled to Hondo to participate in the 2015 29-4A District XC Meet. It is a very tough XC district as the Bandera girls are last year’s state champions and are currently #3, Boerne #9, and Fredericksburg #11 in the state. Last year our girls team finished 4th and this year we didn’t improve our place as we again finished 4th but this time we only lost by 7 points compared to 35 last year. We had our chances but our back end of our team couldn’t pull through. Natalie Cortez continued her comeback as she finished 8th and helped pull along Maria Godina to 9th and both will advance to regional’s next Monday in Corpus. Freshman Clarissa Cantu finished 17th, and Juniors Tara Fraga and Angelica Cuenca finished 24th & 28th respectively out of 39 runners.
For the JV girls Jessica Cuenca finished 24th and Khloe Moran 29th out of 35 runners.
As for the boys…the district is just as tough as Boerne is #5 and Bandera is #8 in the state. Last year the boys finished last and this year we were one man short of upsetting Fredericksburg for the 3rd spot. We matched them man for man 1-4…unfortunately like poker it takes 5 good cards in your hand to win the game. The boys finished 4th as a team and had one advance to regional’s as sophomore Joshua Gamboa ran a personal best and finished 9th. He finished as the fastest sophomore in the district and helped freshman Joshua Montes almost qualify for regional’s as he finished 12th, 3 seconds shy of 10th(top 10 qualify for regional’s). He also finished as the fastest freshman in the district. The other varsity runners were Sophomore Isaiah Gomez (20th) Junior Chris Lacy (22nd) and Senior Gabino Olalde (38th) out of 40 runners.
The JV boys finished 3rd as a team as freshman Elijah Garrison led the group with a 5th place finish in route to a personal best time and place. Sophomore Elric Botello finished 6th, Freshman Paul Tomlinson (14th), Sophomore Justin Sekula (18th), and freshmen Gage Eichman (32nd) and Cody Lopez (33rd) out of 58 runners.
We have a very young group that has gone through a lot not only this year but last year as well. Going from a boys program that won state 2 years ago to finishing last at district last year and having the highest placing boy finishing 22nd to what happened yesterday. It was our 1st big step in bringing the program back and we look forward to competing against these schools again next year! Even though those schools have JH programs that bring 40+ kids like Coach Foster mentioned…we are confident in the kids we have and we know that after what they went through this year…those schools know that next year will definitely be a different story.
Good Luck to Natalie, Maria and Josh as they travel to Corpus Christi on Monday Oct. 26th in hopes of qualifying for state.