Warrior runners continue torrid pace
Coach Rick Carter’s SCHS boys cross country team continued to sizzle on the course with two impressive runner-up finishes last week against some stiff competition.
Sept. 18 at the Malcolm Invitational held at Branched Oak Lake, the Warriors finished second place out of 17 teams, and the following day they finished second out of six competing teams in the large division of the North Bend Invitational held on the North Bend Golf Course.
“On Monday it was 90 degrees when we ran the six and 1/2 miles in the hills of Octavia. Of course we made sure that the young men were well hydrated,” Carter said. “The next day we found out that the North Bend meet got moved to Wednesday. At North Bend we lost only to Class A Gretna, and we beat Elkhorn for the first time ever at that meet.”
Cristobal Gonzalez finished in fifth place at Malcolm with a time of 17:41.67. Miguel Carrasco took 11th place honors with a time of 18:26.56 followed by Eduardo Carrasco in 13th place with a time of 18:31.37.
Hugo Ramon rounded out the group of four top finishers for the Warriors with a 17th place finish at 18:54.37. Other SCHS performances were by Emmanuel Zuniga in 20th place at 18:59.13 and Abner Perez in 27th place at 19:23.77.
In the team race, Malcolm took the title with 16 points followed by Schuyler Central in second with 46 points and Lincoln Christian close behind in third place with 47 points.
Edith Oliden picked up another top-10 finish for the Lady Warriors placing ninth with a time of 22:01.22. The ladies ended up in seventh place out of the 11 teams that ran at Malcolm. Marisol Deanda finished in 33rd with a time of 24:08.52 while Yessica Rodriguez finished in 50th place with a time of 25:31.29.
Lincoln Christian captured the girl’s title with 34 points followed by Malcolm with 44 and Adams Central with 75.
At North Bend, Cristobal Gonzalez and Eduardo Carrasco finished in seventh and eighth places, respectively, with times of 18:02.45 and 18:07.84 to medal. Miguel Carrasco also picked up a 10th place medal with a time of 18:10.10.
Hugo Ramon and Emmanuel Zuniga ran neck and neck with Ramon finishing in 20th place with a time of 19:02.99 and Zuniga finishing in the number 21 position with a time of 19:08.03. Abner Perez finished in 25th place with a time of 19:45.22.
Gretna blistered to the team title with 12 points as their top four runners were first, second, third and fifth. Schuyler Central captured the runner-up trophy with 45 points, and Elkhorn took third place honors with 54 points.
“My guys really came out and ran hard both days. It ended up being a good thing that the weather forced us to move the meet from Thursday to Wednesday at North Bend,” Carter said. “Cristobal has been our top runner at all of our meets this year. Miguel and Eduardo traded places on Tuesday and Wednesday. I continue to be amazed at how well Eduardo paces himself considering he never ran cross country before this year. Zuniga is also beginning to come on strong and Hugo has consistently been our 4th runner.”