LV cross-country teams sweep district
The La Vernia Lady Bears lead the pack during the District 28-3A cross-country meet in Seguin last week. La Vernia grabbed the top six individual finishing spots and easily won the team competition. The Lady Bears will compete in San Antonio at the regional meet this weekend.
SEGUIN -- La Vernia’s varsity and junior varsity cross-country teams had two different game plans, but came out with same results. The Bears and Lady Bears swept the District 28-3A team titles at Starcke Park in Seguin. La Vernia also won all four individual gold and silver medals, as well as a bronze medal. La Vernia has won 28 varsity and 33 junior varsity district team championships since 1996.
“Our varsities were to run as easy as possible so as to keep their legs fresh. It was great watching them relax and enjoy the run. Our athletes know the regional championships will be a much tougher test,” said Head Coach Richard Hinojosa. “The JVs on the other hand, they were out to run as fast as they could since it was their last meet of the season.”
Next up will be the Region IV Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. The 3A girls race is at 10:40 a.m., and the 3A boys race is slated to start at 11:10 a.m.
“We’ll have great competition at Regionals,” Hinojosa said. “Our region is historically strong, and whichever teams make it to state usually fare well. Training has been going great and our kids are ready.”
In the varsity girls division, Bailee Vrana led the way in first place, followed by Dakota Guerrero in second and Olivia Hinojosa in third. Jessica Perry, Shaley Trammell, and Mayra Alvarado finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively, and Elizabeth Moczygemba was close behind in 13th.
In boys varsity action, Dillon Goan led the way with his first-place finish, followed by Andrew Cribb in second. Gage Brandt finished fourth for the Bears and Bobby Gonzalez picked up a fifth-place finish. Tate Gregory was ninth and Brett Cheverton finished 15th.
In junior varsity competition, Isabel De La Fuente led the girls with her gold-medal performance, followed by Annie Lowak in second. Sabrina Wolf finished fourth, Ellie Reeder was fifth, Erin Tuttle finished sixth, Nena Burg was eighth, and Ashland Newberg cracked the top 10 with her ninth-place finish. Samantha Miller was 11th overall, and Kasandra Arteaga finished 26th.
Aubrey Stewart led the junior varsity boys with his first-place finish, followed by Zach Lansford in second place. Aaron Duelm, Michael Leija, Cody Hertz, and Fernando Ayon finished fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively. Ross Gammon was ninth and Travis Kremis rounded out the top 10. Dillon Fuller finished 13th, John Wedow was 14th, and Ryan Thelen finished in 15th place.
The junior high teams also ran well.
Eighth-grade girls: Annie Dirks-5, Sabina Schwab-7, Jessica Schroeder-10, Emily Parnell-13, Misty Hartman-14, Kyla Marie-15.
Eighth-grade boys: Jordan Nixon-2, Ryel Leija-3, Lee Roy Morales-5, Josh Krueger-6, Hunter Skrzycki-9, Zachary Gastauer-10, Lorenzo Risto-13, Jeremy Lestourgeon-15, Will Keith-19, Lewis Anderson-20.
Seventh-grade girls: Allison Newberg-1, Alea Dews-2, Courtney Ploch-5, Celestina Alejandro-6, Emily Shands-7, Heaven Muenster-9, Belle Skaggs-11, Giselle Valero-12, Madeline Williston-19, Lauren Cheverton-20.
Seventh-grade boys: Landon Collins-5, Jordan Jordan-9, John Wolf-11, Matthew Morales-15, Ethan Royal-18, Joe Alvarado-19.