Sabine boys win fourth straight

abine’s boys cross country team won its district for a fourth straight year, and the girls finished second. Both are headed to the regional meet in Dallas on Oct. 28. Kilgore competes in district today in Gilmer. (Photo courtesy of JASON HEFFNER)

Sabine High School’s boys cross country team has won its fourth consecutive district championship, and Kilgore has an opportunity to win its sixth in seven years at Gilmer today.

Sabine’s boys wrapped up their fourth straight title at LeTourneau University this week, with David Robinson leading the way. The junior ran 3.1 miles in 17 minutes, 45 seconds, and was the overall district champion for a second straight year. Saniel Acosta came in second overall (18:11), and Caleb Cox of Sabine was fourth (19:07). Trenton Ausmus and Wesley McGarity also finished in the top 11 (Ausmus fifth, McGarity, 11th) and Alex Barrios and Cooper McNatt rounded out the team.The Cardinals will head to Dallas for regionals on Oct. 28.

Sabine’s girls have also made regionals, having finished second in district. Macy Rutland had a sixth-place overall finish for Sabine. Sarah Webb finished eighth, and Giselle Flores, 10th. Reese Rutland, Haley Aguilar and Lesli Flores all ran top-17 times for Sabine.

Junior varsity boys finished second at district; Eduardo Jaimes was the overall JV district champion. Lane Clanton, Cameron Keel, Seth Griffin, and Eric Bradley make up the rest of the team. Sabine cross country is coached by Jason Heffner.

Kilgore gets its opportunity this weekend, running its district meet in Gilmer today. It was originally scheduled for next Wednesday, but was moved up. Varsity girls were to begin things at 9:30 a.m.

The Bulldogs, coached by Phillip Lane (boys) and Todd BonDurant (girls), are off this weekend, but ran last Saturday in the Eagle Invitational in Lindale. Kilgore’s boys ran in the larger division, which includes the 5A and 6A boys, and is a little longer course.

Kilgore finished third overall, led by Austin Bain’s sixth-place overall finish (18:21.76). Josue Rosas was Kilgore’s second-highest finisher (18:42.34), and then AB Herrera (19:09.09). Max Torres, Juan Huerta, Josh Young and Yamir Sanchez all also ran for the Bulldogs.

The KHS girls ran in the regular 4A division, and finished third. Zoe Craven was third overall, too, in 12:47.03. Cristina Rosas was Kilgore’s second-highest (13:09.27), and Vanessa Velasco, third-highest (14:13.61). Jackie Estrella, Fatima Ornelas, Lesly Herrera and Maria Whitaker all ran for Kilgore, all finishing in under 15 minutes.

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