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2013 Fall Sports Preview: Cross-country runners cover much ground

2013 Fall Sports Preview: Cross-country runners cover much ground
Floresville High School’s cross-country runners line up for their opening time trial prior to the start of the 2013 season.

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August 28, 2013
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It certainly isn’t the first event to come to mind when most people think about fall sports, and while football and volleyball may attract bigger crowds, for distance runners, the cross-country season is truly an exciting time of year. All across the area, talented runners are currently hard at work, as they prepare for the unique running events that will send them across courses which are several miles long over rugged, uneven terrain.

East Central

Over at East Central High School, Head Coach Erica Harris has taken over the Hornet program. She is a graduate of East Central, and brings a great deal of pride into the program at her alma mater.

The Hornets have another good group of runners this year, and the 40-plus strong unit is showing its level of dedication early, meeting most days during the week as early as 6:45 a.m.

The philosophy in Hornet Nation this year is pretty simple, and Harris said she just wants her athletes to have a sense of family, and to know that they belong to a great group. Of course she also expects them to work hard, and so far, her kids are putting in the effort.

When it comes to goals, Harris said they want to win, but that she and her athletes will approach individual goals in the near future. The team is going to run in its first meet of the year this weekend, and everyone is focused on the event.

The district stays the same for this season, and the teams from Corpus Christi, along with Steele, are still seen as the ones to beat. The Hornets have great team unity and are pushing each other to get better, something that is sure to carry East Central through a tough season.


The cross-country program in Floresville is gaining momentum as second-year Head Coach Aubrey Lindberg continues to guide the Tiger and Jaguar runners.

Most of Floresville’s varsity runners are back this year, and there are several seniors to help anchor the team. Lindberg said her kids are excited for the season, and that workouts have been going well.

The team is training a bit differently this year, as Lindberg puts more focus on her runners’ starts and hills.

“We are trying to focus on finishing strong, and with their stride efficiency,” Lindberg said.

The team will continue working hard and is even holding Saturday workout sessions, something that hasn’t always been done in Floresville. Lindberg said her team is focused on being competitive at every meet, and has the goal of winning the district championships.

La Vernia

Over in La Vernia, the Bears and Lady Bears are always among the state’s top runners. The teams have a bunch of runners back from last year, and the bar remains quite high for this group.

“Once again, our expectations are high,” said Head Coach Richard Hinojosa. “We believe we will be competitive throughout the season -- including at the district, regional, and state level.”

On the girls’ side, the Lady Bears return a group of runners that won the district and regional titles, and then took home silver medals from the state meet last year. Returning runners include Dakota Guerrero, Olivia Hinojosa, Elizabeth Moczygemba, Jessica Perry, Shaley Trammell, and Bailee Vrana. Guerrero, Hinojosa, and Vrana were all individual state qualifiers, and Hinojosa and Vrana each earned individual state medals.

On the boys’ side, the Bears won the district championship last year and sent one runner to the state meet. Dillon Goan, the state qualifier, anchors the group that also includes returning runners Gage Brandt, Andrew Cribb, Zachary Lansford, and Michael Leija.

For the girls, they look to make their third consecutive trip to the state championships, and their sixth trip overall. The boys are working toward their ninth overall trip to state, and could shock some teams along the way.

“We have a great mix of veteran leadership and a strong group of young up-and-comers all looking to make the squad,” Hinojosa added.

Poth, Stockdale, Nixon-Smiley, Falls City

In addition to these bigger schools in the area, the smaller 2A and 1A schools also participate in the sport of cross-country running. Because of their limited numbers, however, most of these cross-country athletes are also involved in other activities, such as football, volleyball, band, and cheerleading. They don’t necessarily get the same amount of time to prepare as do athletes at the larger schools, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t as dedicated.

Poth, Stockdale, Nixon-Smiley, and Falls City have all had success in past cross-country seasons, and several athletes have competed beyond the district and region. If past patterns hold true, it won’t be surprising to see one or more runners from these schools making headlines and competing among the best the state has to offer.

Stockdale Cross Country
Date Event

Aug. 31 Lockhart
Sept. 7 San Marcos
Sept. 14 Moulton
Sept. 21 OPEN
Sept. 28 Weimar
Oct. 5 Shiner
Oct. 12 Poth
Oct. 22 District meet

La Vernia Cross Country
Date Event Place

Aug. 31 Trinity Univ. Inv. -V/JV Olmos Basin Park
Aug. 31 Lockhart Inv. -JH Lockhart City Park
Sept. 7 Marble Falls Relays -V/JV Marble Falls
Sept. 14 FEAST Inv. -JH Ft. Sam Houston
Sept. 21 UTSA Inv. -V/JV/JH Nat’l Shooting Complex
Oct. 5 Round Rock McNeil Inv. -V Old Settlers Park
Oct. 12 Navarro Inv. -V/JV/JH Starcke Park, Seguin
Oct. 23 District meet -V/JV/JH Starcke Park, Seguin

East Central Cross Country
Date Event

Aug. 31 New Braunfels Invitational
Sept. 7 Northeast ISD Invitational
Sept. 21 UTSA
Sept. 28 Northside ISD Invitational
Oct. 5 Seguin High School
Oct. 12 Univ. of the Incarnate Word Inv.

Floresville Cross Country
Date Event

Sat., Aug. 31 New Braunfels
Sat., Sept. 14 Moulton Cross Country Meet
Sat., Sept. 21 UTSA Romo Classic
Fri., Sept. 27 Giddings Tejas XC Invitational
Sat., Oct. 5 Round Rock McNeil (varsity)
Sat., Oct. 12 Poth Pirates Invitational
Wed., Oct. 23 District 29-4A, Medina Valley

Floresville Cross Country
Varsity boys

Marcos Ibarra
Steven Ramsey
Patrick Hinojosa
Sean Moy
Mathew Andersen
Derek Moczygemba
Brandon Garcia
Matthew Pruske

Varsity Girls

Elizabeth Montelongo
Ashlee Aicher
Ashlyn Laskowski
DeHavalan Watts
Rebecca Flores
Macy Stuart
Victoria Mayorga
Hannah Fite
Lauren Trevino
Emily Cude

Stockdale Cross Country
Varsity Boys

Austin Akin
Zachary Campbell
Ethan Chavez
Brett Lerma
James Miller
William Morris
Joel Marquez
Tristan Marquez
Joshua Rangel
Samuel Scriven

Varsity Girls

Victoria Lerma
Nicole Miller
Kaitlyn Morris
Vanessa Urrabazo

East Central Cross Country
Varsity boys

Jordan Aguilar
Duban Avitia
Aaron Benavidez
Micah Briggs
Isaiah Lee Elizardo
Jesus Miranda
David Rivera
Alexander Valdez

Varsity Girls

Olivia Corona
Esther Garza
Julie Kosub
Hannah Plate
Alma Rivera
Marissa Valdez

La Vernia Cross Country

Mayra Alvarado
Kasandra Arteaga
Nena Burg
Tessa Cole
Isabel De La Fuente
Dakota Guerrero
Olivia Hinojosa
Annie Lowak
Caitlin Mills
Elizabeth Moczygemba
Samantha Miller
Ashland Newberg
Jessica Perry
Ellie Reeder
Shaley Trammell
Erin Tuttle
Bailee Vrana
Sabrina Wolf


Gage Brandt
MacLean Bryant
Brett Cheverton
Andrew Cribb
Aaron Duelm
Dillon Fuller
Ross Gammon
Dillon Goan
Bobby Gonzalez
Tate Gregory
Cody Hertz
Travis Kremis
Zach Lansford
Michael Leija
Chris Martin
Ryan Thelen
Jarrett Thompson
John Wedow

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