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Cross country runners from Munday celebrate second-place finishes in regional at San Angelo, earning spots in the state competition Nov. 23 in Round Rock. (See related story, pg. 3)
By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier—
SAN ANGELO—The Munday Moguls and Mogulettes both advanced to the state cross country race, scheduled Nov. 23 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, by finishing second in the Region II 1-A race here last Tuesday on the Angelo State intramural fields.
Led by senior Carlie Willison, who finished two seconds behind winner Marina Sanchez of Imperial Buena Vista in 12:50.54, the Mogulettes ended up with 90 points, counting the best five runners, as compared to 41 for Imperial Buena Vista. It will mark the third straight year for Wilson to advance. She finished 21st last year and 12th the previous year.
The Moguls compiled 77 points, counting the best five runners, as compared to Clyde Eula’s 46 with Jaxon Bowman setting the pace with a 16th-place finish in 19:38.47.
“I am proud of both of these groups at what they have accomplished so far this year,” said Coach Richard Ramsey. “We still are taking it one day at a time and hope to be able to perform well at state. Both groups have worked hard all year and continue to grow, not only as individuals but as a team. I am excited to see how they perform on Nov. 23rd in Round Rock.”
Angel Marmolejo and Homer Martinez placed 20th and 21st with times of 19:50.54 and 19:54.79, while Christopher Garcia took 24th in 20:21.53 and Christian Hernandez 33rd in 20:20.71. Also running were Juan Rojas, 50th in 20:15.29, and Kayton Shahan, 104th in 24:06.25.
Tayte Cormier of Merizon Irion County claimed the gold medal with a clocking of 17:31.31, 38 seconds in front of Pato Ponce of Paint Rock.
For the Mogulettes, Karley Myers finished 14th in 13:45.27, Maria Sanchez 22nd in 14:04.79 and Alexa Vega 29th in 14:29.33. As it turned out, an edge of eight points with the fourth and fifth runners helped the Mogulettes finish nine points in front of third-place Roby HS. Also running were Alyssa Willison, 36th in 14:39.03; Cheney Thompson, 39th in 14:42.02; and Jacklyn Diaz, 62nd in 15:16.52.
Both Munday teams also qualified for state last year. The Mogulettes finished eighth and the Moguls 16th.