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Runners perform well

September 20, 2018

LAUGHLIN — The Cougars cross country team performed well at the Boulder City Mid-Weekly meet Sept. 13 at Hemenway Park.

Gonzalo Sanchez led the boys field of 50 runners with a time of 19:15.09 for the 5,000 meter course.

Chaparral, Lake Mead Christian, Moapa Valley, Somerset Academy Sky Pointe, Sunrise Mountain and Virgin Valley participated in the meet.

Jason Zenefski finished with a time of 23:10.62 and Osvaldo Castro finished with 24:05.24.

Brett Rule finished with 25:04.50 and David Smith finished with 30:47.92.

“This was David Smith’s first race and he pushed through for a solid finish,” said coach Mitch Mulcahy.

For the girls, there were 31 finishers.

Stephanie Zamora led with a time of 25:20.08.

Mary Henderson wasn’t far behind with a time of 26:10.44. And Maritza Cruz followed Henderson with a time of 26:11.64.

Nancy Franco rounded out Laughlin’s representation with a time of 33:49.65.

“I thought Nancy did awesome,” said Mulcahy. Most times increased but she is still showing improvement.

“This was the team’s second meet and it’s tough to say just where the progress is at,” said Mulcahy.

The course in Boulder City is also very different from the one they ran in Kingman, he continued.

Times were increased across the board and that usually means the course was tougher, Mulcahy said.

The high school runners weren’t the only ones to compete. Middle school student Jasiel Trejo ran in the White Cliffs Middle School race, said Mulcahy. He earned 6th place out of 70 runners.

“He’s been practicing with the high school runners since day one of the season,” said Mulcahy.

Middle school students who are interested can still participate in cross country, Mulcahy said. They will need to have a physical and turn in the appropriate paperwork to athletic director Tony Petrik. The team has three meets left, Mulcahy added.

Cross country heads to Las Vegas at Sonata Park, Tuesday, Sept. 25, for the Coronado Mid-Week Multiple. Competition begins at 4:30 p.m.

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