What kind of season has it been so far the cross country girls in town? Listen to this: at the District 31-5A meet last week, Edinburg teams placed 15 of the top 20 runners, and swept 1-2-3 in the team standings for the first time ever.
As expected, the Lady Bobcats of EHS finished first, as they continued a very outstanding season. Second was North, 18 points behind the leader, with the Lady Jags of Econ third, and set to make their first regional meet appearance in school history.
Coupled with the boys' third-place finish behind P-SJ-A Memorial and P-SJ-A, it marks a milestone for coaches Doug Erickson and Selena Brown. For the first time, both squads are moving on. Econ was the only program in the league to send both to regionals, in a real banner year for the Orange.
Brandy Carreon was the top runner for Econ, at No. 14, with Ana Ochoa (18) and Emily Suarez breaking the top 20, on the boys' side, Leonel Rivas was super, finishing sixth, while teammate Mario Reyna (No. 13) and David Rocha (No. 19) having fine races as well. Rivas is only a freshman, and Erickson is excited about having him in the program for three more seasons.
"He's done real well, and I think he's got a chance to go to state," said the coach. "He's a good all-around athlete who has something that you cannot coach, which is he's a tough racer, Leonel has the desire to cone out and win."
For the champion Lady ‘Cats. Yvonne Zerda came in fourth with Katia Romero and Stephanie Vazquez at No. 6 and 7, and teammates Laura Mendoza and Alex Ruiz also made the top 10. North was paced by Giselle Aguilar, a strong third, No. 5 Alexis Montero, and veteran Kimberly Burgoa at No. 13.
This is the culmination of countless hours of hard work for a very talented EHS girls' group under Tencha Lancaster. Although they were expected to dominate district, the Lady ‘Cats have lived up to their top preseason billing and then some, with a mix of veterans and new faces making 2011 a season to remember so far.
NOTES: In other cinder news, former Jag Nelson Hampton is having a successful debut at Wayland, and will do long and triple jumps for the track program in the pending indoor season. Hampton, who was a dominant athlete for four seasons with Econ, has also been working on the 4x400 relay team lately.