Alpine runners advance to Regionals

Nov. 2 was senior night for the Runnin’ Buck cross country team at Buck Stadium. In the photo, Kylie Penders, Coach Cory Cason, D'Angelo Gonzales, Andres Uranga, and Griffin Carlin. 

Originally scheduled for Oct. 28, the cross country District championship took place on Halloween day. Twenty-five runners competed from Alpine’s varsity, junior varsity, and middle school teams. In all, nearly 90 students competed from District 4-3A, including Alpine, Presidio, Tornillo, Kermit, and Anthony.

Said Coach Cory Cason, “It’s a true cross-country course with tough, challenging hills.” The course was a 5k run located behind Presidio’s Lucy Rede Franco Middle School in the desert landscape.

Two teams and 10 individuals advanced. D’Angelo Gonzales, Griffin Carlin, and Kylie Penders advanced to the Region 1-3A Cross Country Championship taking place in Lubbock at Mae Simmons Park on Monday, Nov. 9.

Also notable was freshman Sydnee Jimenez who ran her best race of the year, placing 11th, and just missing out on the top 10 qualifying spots. Hope Dominguez won the girls middle school race, and will be a great addition to the high school team next year.

The middle school boys placed second behind Presidio, and Hatfield Cason placed second in the middle school boys division. He will also be moving up to the high school team next year.

Presidio won both the varsity girls and boys, followed by Tornillo. Alpine boys placed third, and the girls placed fourth. Because of coronavirus fears, only two teams could advance, so the Alpine boys just missed out.

“Cross country is a challenging sport with hundreds of competitors,” said Cason. “Winning is not always a realistic goal, so we focus on competing.”

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