“The Refugio Bobcat/Lady Cat Cross Country athletes are very dedicated and committed to running,” said Coach Amy Ramsey. “They have practice every morning at 6 a.m to work around other scheduled practices or activities. All of their hard work and dedication paid off, with the great results from the district meet that was held last week.”
The Junior High competed on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 27, and did very well, the coach said. Ten boys and ten girls represented Refugio.
The coach explained that the junior high division, the 7th and 8th grade is combined, but the athletes get individual awards based on their grade level.
Junior High Girls
The girls team earned the district championship.
Brandy Friar won the junior high girls division, which gave her 1st in the 8th grade girls division running a 12:59. Morgan Klavemann placed 5th overall and 3rd among the 7th grade competitors.
Katie Haley finished 8th and 4th in the 7th grade girls division; Jackie Gonzalez, 8th and 5th in the 7th grade division. Antoinette Villarreal was 12th with a 6th place finish in the 8th grade girls division.
Shaylan Brown placed 14th and 7th among the 7th grade girls; Lexie Espindola, 16th with an 8th place finish in 8th grade division; McKayla Ramos, 17th and 7th in 7th grade group; Marcela Leal, 18th and 9th among other 8th grade athletes; and LaTerrian Perkins, 20th with an 11th place finish in 7th grade division.
Junior High Boys
The Junior High 8th grade boys earned the district runner-up title. Anthony Villarreal finished third with a time of 11:40.
Marquis Brown finished 9th and 4th in the 7th grade division. Dalton Klare placed 11th with a 7th place finish among other 7th graders. Glenn Winemann finished 12th and 7th in 8th grade division. Travis Quintanilla placed 13th with a 6th place finish among 7th graders. Draigon Silvas finished with a 14th place finish and 8th place in 8th grade division. Buster Dodge was 18th and 10th in 8th grade boys division. Daniel Ochoa finished 19th with a 9th place finish in 7th grade. Juan Ramirez placed 22nd with a 7th grade finish of 10th. Jonathan Cantu finished with 23rd place and 7th in 7th grade division.
On October 29, the high school cross country athletes earned the district title.
“We had a very good day bringing home many individual medals and two team plaques,” Ramsey said.
In the JV girls division, 16 girls competed.
“They represented Refugio well,” Ramsey said.
Individual medals were earned by Brittani Wade, 4th; Brittney Gumm, 5th; Kristen Wise, 7th; and Brittney Torfin, 8th.
Other team members are Alicia Davis, Megan Shaw, Christiana Boyer, Ariel Davis, Alesha Wills, Brooke Williams, Amber Garcia, Megan Montemayor, Alyssa McMahan, Destinee Gonzalez, Liz Hernandez and Haley Moehr.
John Q. Stanley finished 1st and won the 2008 JV boys district championship.
Megan Pursell qualified for regional competition and the team finished fourth in a tough group of competitors.
Pursell finished fourth with a time of 13.03. Laura McGuill finished 15th, Rebecca Vasquez 22nd, Amber Orman 25th, Rachel Gonzalez 28th, Alexa Montemayor 32nd and Katie Bernal 33rd.
The Varsity Boys team and two individuals, Carlos Cordero and Jhostan Padron qualified to advance to regionals.
“We had another tough group of competitors,” Ramsey said.
Cordero finished fourth in his three-mile race with a time of 17.27; and Padron finished ninth with a time of 18.01.
Other team members were Jonathan Medina, 16th; Daniel Loveday, 17th; Jarred Contreras, 19th; Richard Ramirez, 21st; and Anthony Luna, 20th.
“I am very excited about all of the success we have had this year in cross country,” Ramsey said. “These kids work really hard, and deserve all of the accomplishments that they have earned. Not many kids would get up at 6 am every morning to come and let the coaches run them, like we do. They run very hard, and come back every day for more.”