The cross country team traveled to Hondo on Saturday to participate in the Hondo Owl Invitational. The JV Boys (Josh Montes 1st, Elric Botello 2nd, Jeremy Mora 3rd, Paul Tomlinson 5th, William Cogburn 6th, Elijah Garrison 8th, Gage Eichman 27th, Cody Lopez 30th, and Jeremy Kent 49th of 56 runners) captured 1st out of 7 teams with 17 points. Two more than a perfect score of 15 points (place 1st-5th). We had only 4 run on the boys varsity with Josh Gamboa being the lone medalist at 15th and setting a personal record. Christopher Lacy 17th, Isaiah Gomez 20th, and Michael Bradshaw 39th out of 71 runners. Natalie Cortez started her rehab with a 2nd place finish on the JV helping pace Jessica Cuenca 6th and Khloe Moran 16th out of 41 runners to personal bests. The Varsity had 2 girls with freshman Clarissa Cantu running her 1st varsity meet and placing 14th and Angelica Cuenca finishing 20th out of 89 runners. The team next travels to Poteet on Saturday.


The Junior High ran their second race of the year.  We had two athletes medal in the top 15.  The goal we set for this race was to set a base time.  On October 19th we run the district race on the same course.  We had one team competing and the 7th grade boys finished 5th as a team.  I would like to highlight an 8th grade runner.  Zachary Rodriguez placed 25th and ran a 15:53 time.  This may not seem extraordinary but last year as a seventh grader he ran the same course in 17:54.  He improved by 2 minutes and I know if he works he could drop off another 2 minutes by October.  My one lady Pirate who competed was Ariel Muriara.  She finished 21st at a 16:15 time.  The results for the boys are:

7th grade

Mark Cantu2nd – medalist           12:40

Goyo Alcorta 19th                             14:33

Alex Esquivez 30th                            15:58

Isaac Howard 35th                             16:26

Jesse Hernadez 37th                        16:36

David Laureno 40th                           17:01

Dario Alfaro 50th                                17:53

Mason Ringer 51st                            17:56

Israel Aguinaga 58th                         18:40

Kyle Mueller 67th                              20:12

Quen Syma         68th                         20:17


8th grade

Carlos Tamayo 6th – Medalist      13:06

Seth Elizondo 17th                            14:35

Zach Rodriguez 25th                         15:53

Giovanni Perez 32nd                        17:15

This week we run at Poteet.  We have one month and hopefully the hard work of practice will pay off in continued success for the athletes and Lytle Cross Country.

“The human body can do so much and then the heart and spirit take over.” – Sung Ki Chung, Olympic marathon runner


Hadley Foster Jr