Cross country teams excel at recent Regional meet
This past weekend the Mount Pleasant High School cross country teams traveled to the Regional meet. Both the boys and the girls had great showings.
This year marked the first time since 1986 that Mount Pleasant High School would qualify a student to the state competition. Senior girls team standout Jasmin Martinez will run in the state cross country meet on Nov. 4 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
This was second year in a row that the boy’s team appeared at the Regional meet. The boys team finished 19 out of 24 teams. The boys team was disappointed and did not have their best race, but they made a valiant effort and did not give in.
Israel Hernandez (Jr.) was the first Tiger runner at 51st place. His time of 17:44 was a 45 second improvement over the same race last year.
Seniors Hugo Valdez, Jose Mendoza and Juan “Sticks” Ottino came in as the #3, #4 and #7 men for the team. Each had been to the Regional meet the year before. It was a bittersweet experience for these young men to participate in the final Regional meet with the results not more in their favor, in spite of Valdez and Mendoza posting faster times than the year before.
Newcomers that were instrumental for the team advancing included Christain Flores (Fr.), Rogelio “Nike” Garcia (Sr.) and Hector Escobar (Jr.), which rounded out the team.
For the girls, this was the fourth year in a row for a regional appearance. This year the girls team placed 10th overall out of 23 teams competing. The Tigers’ biggest district competitor, Hallsville, finished 11th.
All of the girls had a good day on the course. Martinez was first runner for the Tigers, coming in 14th place overall and qualifying for the state meet in the process. Jasmin’s time was 3½ minutes faster than the previous year. Jasmin’s qualification to state meet is the first for a Tiger runner since 1986.
Estella Dorantes (So.) and Martina Ramirez (Jr.) were #2 and #3 finishers for the team, respectively. Both improved their times for the same course last year by approximately 30 seconds. Freshman Jennifer Soto and sophomore Zaydie Garrett were in the #4 and #5 positions for the team. Seniors Grasiela Goano and Lisett De Jesus rounded out the varsity ranks as the #6 and #7 runners for the team.