Beating a new path

Girls cross country makes regional meet for first time in school history as a team

Emily Alfaro, Staff Reporter

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The girls cross country team advanced past district to the regional meet for the first time in school history.

Their UIL 5A – District 20 race was held at Camp Misty Meadows Oct.18. With the girls competing against nine different schools. The team ended up ended up placing third.

Cross Country Coach Ray Sweat said that Lilian Morales took the lead in the invitational by passing up six girls in the district event.

“If Lilian wouldn’t have passed those five to six girls in the last 100 meters,” Sweat said. “We wouldn’t be going to regionals right now.”    

The team has been improving since the beginning of their season, they never thought they had a chance of making it to regionals . 

“It was a big surprise,” Freshman Brisa Salgado said. “I was tearing up because I was happy. It was one of my goals for my school year. Making it to regionals as a freshman is something unexplainable.”

Senior Karla Ramos also commenting it was something on her bucket list as a senior. 

“I just want to give thanks to coach Sweat for always believing in us and pushing us to the max,” Ramos said. “If it wasn’t for him pushing us we wouldn’t be where we wanted to be at.”

Other factors that helped contribute to the team’s performance was that every runner surpassed their previous record.

Due to Junior Itzela Darkenwald breaking her school record. She is now the fastest runner in Caney Creek history . 

Darkenwald also said that her motivation throughout the district race was her team and just how strong they were looking this year . 

“I feel very accomplished it’s like all the hard work finally pays off and it shows,” Darkenwald said. 

Regionals were held at Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park in Huntsville,Tx on Oct. 28.  The girls ended up placing 18th place as a team. Top runner was Montserrat Ramos placing 71th with a time of just above 22 minutes.