Special to McAllen ISD by TJ Garcia
Memorial boys claim title for 2nd straight year
The McAllen ISD boys’ cross country teams claimed seven of the top 16 places in the District 30-6A Cross Country Championships and McAllen Memorial won its second straight league title on a rainy, muddy Thursday , Oct. 12, at La Joya Palmview High School.
McAllen Memorial twins Evan and Trevor Williams took first and second place, respectively, and will lead a Mustangs’ team into the UIL Region IV cross country meet at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Monday October 23.
The twins spearheaded the Mustangs’ team effort with times of 16:30.3 (Evan) and 16.33.3 (Trevor) that also included top 25 Memorial runners Leonardo Saavedra, Christian Garza and Jorge Perez. Last year as sophomores, the Williams’ brothers placed second and third in district and did well enough at regionals to qualify for the state cross country meet.
Also of note at this year’s district meet was the performance of McAllen High freshman Hunter Herrera, who finished fourth overall with a 16.55.5 mark. He was among just two freshmen in the top 25.
While Memorial took first with a low of 54 total points, the McAllen High boys finished fifth and McAllen Rowe finished seventh. McAllen Memorial boys cross country coach Jesse Trejo said he was proud of how his team worked through the weather conditions on the 5,000-meter course to come out on top.
“We really worked hard to prepare for the district meet, and we were fortunate to produce a good result,” Trejo said. “But this was a good day overall for McAllen not just for Memorial. I talked to Coach (Luis) Cantu from McHi, and I was just proud of how all of our runners performed at district this year.”
Trejo said this week the Mustangs would prepare for the regional meet, and added that some of his runners will have the advantage of last year’s regional meet under their belt. He said they look forward to competing at the next level.
For the girls, McAllen Rowe was the highest placing team from the McAllen ISD nabbing second among the seven schools competing with a low of 55 points. Five of the Lady Warriors’ seven runners finished in the top 15 led by senior Veronica Dougherty in sixth with a time of 20:30.9.
McHi’s Alana Moreno was McAllen ISD schools’ over all top finisher. The senior placed fourth with markof 20:11.2 behind three La Joya Palmview runners. Palmview was the low point (21 points) team of the day and claimed the girls’ district championship.
Also for McAllen ISD, Memorial’s Dylann Guerra finished fifth at 20:22.4, and the only other McAllen ISD top-10 finisher was Rowe freshman Yeleina Ramirez at 10th with 20.51.0 mark.