Local runners advance to region meet

by Michelle Dillon michelle@thecherokeean.com

**Correction to stats and placements printed in the Oct. 23 issue of the Cherokeean--The New Summerfield junior varsity girls finished third overall because the District 21 and District 22 runners raced together due to few JV teams. The New Summerfield Lady Hornets were actually the District 21-2A champions, as the top two teams were from District 22.**

The New Summerfield High School hosted the District 21 and 22 cross country meet Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The varsity Hornets earned the championship title with 22 points. Douglass (38) placed second and Gary (69) earned third.

The junior varsity Hornets also claimed a win in their division, earning 17 points. Martinsville (43) was second. No other school had at least five runners to complete a team.

The New Summerfield (37) junior high boys secured second place, behind Douglass (19). No other school furnished a complete team.

The varsity Lady Hornets (49) took second place behind Douglass (27). Cushing finished in third with 54 points.

The junior varsity women (60) placed third, behind Timpson (25) and Joaquin (41).

The Lady Hornet junior high (78) also finished third, following Douglass (25) and Cushing (54).

Ary Hernandez earned the top spot, finishing first in the varsity men’s division, with a time of 17:50. Christian Castillo came in at the 18:26 mark. Others on the team included Jose Sanches, 19:07; German Hernandez, 19:13; Juan Aguilar, 19:19; and Marco Uribe, 20:12.

Forest Lindsey represented Alto in the varsity race, completing the course in a time of 18:40.

New Summerfield’s Jose Barcenas finished first in the junior varsity category with a time of 19:45. Alex Uribe completed the course at the 20:24 mark with Miguel Munoz (20:38) and Marco Leon (20:58) close behind. Brian Mendoza was the fifth runner on the team to cross the finish line, completing the course in a time of 21:49.

Additional runners for the team were Jose Flores (21:58), Eleazar Suarez (22:24), Ruben Suarez (22:39), Jose Suarez (22:45), Juan Arredondo (22:48) and Sovan Ven (25:56).

Omar Porras was the first junior high runner to finish, taking the fourth position, in a time of 12:14. Axel Hernandez crossed the finish at the 12:17 mark, with Brian Torres (12:29), Angel Jimenez (12:30), and Kevin Taylor (12:44) following. Other runners on the team included Bryan Zavala (12:56), Brian Vargas (13:10), Marco Lara (13:15), Joshua Mendoza (13:17), Rudy Avalos (13:21), Daniel Torres (13:41), Brayden Lueckemeyer (15:40), Guillermo Vargas (16:11), Jack Torres (16:23), Carlos Munguia (16:40), Kaden Nichols (17:41), Angel Mata (17:45) and Brian Wallace (19:08).

Alto’s Rand Scurlock represented the school, finishing the race in a time of 13:36.

In the women’s varsity division, Abigail Hernandez of New Summerfield secured second with a time of 14:02. Selena Torres and Stephanie Bravo were the next fastest Lady Hornets, both completing the course in 15:03. Jennifer Aguilar’s time was 15:27, and Adriana Guerrero came in at the 16:08 mark. Other runners were Maribel Zavala (16:31) and Crystal Torres (18:58).

Alto was represented in the varsity race by Candy Castro (14:39) and Kylee Powers (15:32).

New Summerfield’s Evelyn Rangel grabbed gold by completing the course in a time of 15:19. The four other runners on the team were Hannel Suarez (17:59), Madison Zavala (19:07), Emily Mendoza (21:40) and Jenny Guerrero (22:19).

Leslie Deanda was New Summerfield’s fastest junior high runner, finishing with a time of 14:22. Completing the course in the top five for the team were Zuliemy Torres (14:49), Esmeralda Luna (15:15), Mariana Luna (16:01), Natalie Melendez (16:02). Others representing New Summerfield were Cielo Uribe (16:20), Maritza Sanchez (16:50), Ka’Niya Taylor (16:52), Kelly Espinoza (17:56) and Citlaly Juarez (18:27).

Jenna Lindsey was the fastest runner on the Alto junior high team. She completed the course in a time of 15:25 and was followed by Juliana Gould, who had a time of 15:41. Ashley Black (19:54), Kaylie Martin (21:25) and Savana Bowman (22:43) were the other participating team members.

The New Summerfield men’s and women’s varsity teams advance to the Region III Cross Country Championships at Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park in Huntsville Monday, Oct. 28.

Alto’s Forest Lindsey and Candy Castro each finished among the top ten runners and will also advance to the Region III Championships.