pc0830: soho cross country

August 30, 2018

You Crenshaw Park duck feeders and dog walkers may want to take the morning off Friday.

The park will be overrun with close to 1,000 high school cross country runners Friday when South Houston High School’s Goehring Invitational takes place.

Action starts at 8 a.m. The course will take the athletes around Crenshaw’s body of water several times for a course in the vicinity of a 5K.

It’ll be the first running of the Goehring Invitational in two years since Hurricane Harvey wiped the event out last year, costing South Houston’s program an estimated $3,000 in revenue.

To accommodate the large field, longtime Trojans coach Gerald Meyer, Jr. said the starting line has been moved to the northeast corner of the park where other starts have been held. In the past, the starting line has been by the entrance road.

The finish line however will remain by the entrance road.

In a word, the field of teams will be huge. Most of the Fort Bend ISD teams will be at the park as will three Alief ISD teams. Aldine MacArthur, Shadow Creek and the new Alvin ISD school will be there as will Galveston Ball, Santa Fe, Texas City and Spring Woods High School. Deer Park, the Clear Brook girls, Goose Creek Memorial and most of the Pasadena ISD teams will be in contention for team honors.

“There’s no heavy hitters. Deer Park’s a little bit down,” Meyer said.

Noticable absent will be the Humble ISD teams, District 22-6A’s new residents.

For many, it will be the season’s first true cross country meet of the 2018 season. Some teams, like South Houston, have participated in relay races to get the season under way, but not the typical cross country format like this.

South Houston’s probable runners expected to toe the starting line include Christopher Alejandro, Jesus Alejandro, Humberto Alonzo, Juan Colmenero, Kevin Pulido, Olaff Hernandez, Hernan Morales and Jorge Sanchez.

Meyer will have another 10 runners in the JV field and a healthy dose in the freshmen race.

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