Not many people can imagine running a mile in a competition, much less running over two to three miles. Cross Country runners do just that. It is a grueling training period, and the mental toughness is what gives these athletes a special edge.
Many weeks of early morning and late evening runs proved fruitful for the George West Cross Country team at the District 31AA meet in Dilley, held Oct. 29.
The varsity girls’ team, consisting of Raven Tavarez, Megan Hardwick, Ariel Millermon, Justine Troell, Jessica Peterson and Elizabeth Cansino, was edged out of the championship by its neighbor to the north by only five points.
The girls performed well and are to be commended for returning to regional competition for their third straight year. Senior Colton Tindol will also be returning to regionals with his fifth place time of 18:11. Luke Sehlke posted his best competitive time of this year with 21:32.
The future of the varsity program looks promising for the boys as J-V runner Cody Bartlett placed eighth with a time of 21:04, Wesley Iley placed 10th with 22:19, and Jesse Cansino brought home twelfth place with 26:40. The lone junior high runner, eighth grader Allison Bryce, won a bronze medal in her division.
Hardwick posted a fifth place time of 13:37, Tavarez came in eighth with 14:05, Troell posted 14:13 for 9th place, Millermon (you’re it) came in fifteenth with 15:08, Peterson posted 15:25, and Cansino ran 15:50. The girls and Colton will compete in the regional meet on Saturday, November 8. Coach Braun feels confident that they will do well there, and hopes to see personal bests for each of the runners.