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With nine schools competing in the 2012 District 30-5A cross country meet at Juarez-Lincoln High School Saturday, it was the Palmview boys and the Sharyland girls that ran away with the district championships at the varsity level.
With four runners finishing in the top 10, the Palmview boys team won the 30-5A championship by a very comfortable margin. The Lobos team score of 41 points left runner-ups Juarez-Lincoln and their score of 69 points in the dust. Sharyland came in a close third with their score of 79 points. All three teams have earned the right to advance to the regional meet which will be held at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) November 3rd.
In the varsity girls team competition, Sharyland scored 33 points, Edinburg Economedes came in 2nd with their score of 53 points and Edinburg North placed 3rd with 70 points. All three teams have qualified for the regional meet at UTSA as well.
Individually, Palmview’s Jose Jaime won the boys 30-5A district championship with a time of 15’ 22.48. The other boys top 10 finishers and regional qualifiers were La Joya’s Michael Guerrero (2nd), Sharyland’s Jose Angel Gonzalez (3rd), Palmview’s Johathan Hernandez (4th), Vela’s Isaac Arevalo (5th), Juarez-Lincoln’s Mitchel Lara (6th), Donna’s Jose Ramos (7th), Sharyland’s Alexis Guerrero (8th), Palmview’s Mario Guerrero (9th) and Christian Marmolejo (10th).
Like the Palmview boys team, the Sharyland varsity girls also had four runners finishing in the top 10. They were Lizette Chapa (2nd), Valerie Rodriguez (5th), Brianna Ortiz (6th) and Savanna Antley (8th).
Edinburg Economedes’ Emily Suarez however won the girls 30-5A district championship with a time of 18’ 29.16. The other girls top 10 finishers and regional qualifiers were Economedes’ Leslie Llanos (3rd), Edinburg North’s Jenyse Vasquez (4th), Edinburg’s Yvonne Cerda (7th), Edinburg North’s Yvette Yracheta (9th) and Edinburg’s Alex Cruz (10th).
This is not the first time that Palmview’s Jaime has won the district championship. As a sophomore last year he not only won district but he advanced all the way to the state meet.
“I placed 7th at regionals last year with a time of 15’16 but they said it was not a 5K,” said Jaime. “I advanced to state where I came in 55th out of 110 runners. My goal for this year is to place in the top three at regionals and advance to state where I hope to place in the top 10. For my senior year I am hoping to place 1st at regionals and finish in the top three at state.”
Even with Jaime’s achievements last year, Palmview cross country coach Claudia Bazan was pleasantly surprised by the fact that he repeated as district champion this year.
“All my kids have worked extremely hard all season,” said Bazan. “They were given a task for today. Each kid was given a number and Jose came through. He actually did better than what we were expecting today because he had been towards the back at major meets but today he really stepped it up and pulled through for the championship.”
In her first year as the head cross country coach at Palmview, Bazan’s first task was to get her kids to believe in a new system.
“This is my first year so at the beginning it was a transition trying to get these kids to believe in our system because we do things a little differently,” said Bazan. “Slowly but surely however they started believing in what we were doing and they came in here believing that they could walk away with as district champions. They worked hard all season and throughout the summer and it paid off for them today. I’m ecstatic about the results.”
As the head cross country coach of the host school Saturday, Juarez-Lincoln’s Hilberto Carreon knew that his team would be up against some tough competition.
“It was an interesting and tough meet today,” said Carreon. “This is one of the toughest districts in the Valley. We were lucky to qualify for regionals at the 5A level. We won it at the 4A level last year, so we’re happy to be the runner-ups in District 30-5A this year.”
The move from 4A competition to 5A was not the only hurdle that Coach Carreon’s team had to overcome this year.
“We’ve had a lot of adversity this year. We had our top runner transfer out and we had one of our other top runners that graduated and is now running out of college. The team did really good and we’re proud of them,” said Carreon.
The Edinburg North boys and the Sharyland girls junior varsity teams were crowned district champions as well.
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