Kilgore High School cross country coaches Phillip Lane and Todd BonDurant made the decision a few weeks back to run their top seven runners (seven from boys, seven from girls) in the open division at this year’s meets.
It has paid off.
The Lady Bulldogs finished seventh, the Bulldogs, 11th, in last weekend’s Tyler Lee Classic, and plans to do the same thing this Saturday at a meet in Hallsville.
“Our times are improving,” said Lane, the longtime KHS boys coach, “but it was a very good field we had to run against. It was tough. But that’s what we want. …That open division is really designed for (classes) 5A and 6A. ...When I saw the schools that were there, I told myself if we could get in top 10, I’d feel good. We were just outside it. Rockwall Heath, Eustace, Lufkin… they’re all good.”
Austin Bain was 17th overall for Kilgore, in the time of 17 minutes, 10.62 seconds. AB Herrera was Kilgore’s next finisher (17:50.48). Josue’ Rosas was third (18:08.67), Max Torres fourth (18:29.61), and then Josh Young (18:57.79). Adolfo Castillo checked in at 20:09.87 and Angel Rico in 20:13.84.
For BonDurant’s girls, Cristina Rosas was 15th overall and the top KHS finisher (21:37.39), running a 5K distance instead of the regular 2K. Emma Taylor was the second Kilgore finisher (22:20.11), and then Zoe Craven (22:40.33). Lesly Herrera was next (22:44.61), followed by Vanessa Velasco (23:39.31), Estrella Galvan Vazquez (24:21.59) and then Samantha Rodriguez (24:21.59).
Juan Huerta finished the regular division run in 19:37.66 for Kilgore. Christopher May, Reymundo Cazares, Martin Almanza, Isaac Gutierrez, Octavio Salazar and Diego Hernandez all also ran in that for Kilgore.
The top girls regular division winner for Kilgore was Danna Requena (in 14:03.44). Others running in the regular division for KHS were Jackie Estrella, Fatima Omelas, Skyelar Howell, Eryka Hopper, Fabiola Venegas, and Valeria Zuniga.
Sabine also did well in Tyler, running in their regular division. David Robinson led coach Jason Heffner’s Cardinals with a fifth-place overall finish, as Sabine’s boys were eighth in the 35-team field. Robinson had a season-best 17:44. Saniel Acosta was 39th out of 157 runners, and Caleb Cox 43. Alex Barrios (48th) Wesley McGarity (96th) rounded out the field.
Sabine was led by Macy Rutland, who finished in 13:59 and 20th overall. Sarah Webb had her best time of the season (14:06) and Gisele Flores was 77th, Lesli Flores, 93rd.
Eduardo Jaimes led Sabine’s junior varsity boys, finishing 55th, followed by Trenton Ausmus and Cooper McNatt. Reese Rutland led Sabine’s JV girls, followed by Hailey Aguilar.
Sabine will run in a Pine Tree-hosted meet Sept. 20.
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