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Atascocita boys, girls prepare for District 22-6A meet

March 30, 2019

The Atascocita boys and girls competed at the 36th annual Victor Lopez Classic at Rice University from March 22-24.

Both teams performed well and went against some of the best competition in the Greater-Houston area, coaches said.

Girls coach Karyn LaCour liked the way the Lady Eagles performed at the meet.

“I learned that they persevere through anything,” LaCour said. “We had a very slow start. A lot of injures at the beginning to where I couldn’t even put together a relay team because so many of them were hurt. So, it started off a little bumpy, but they grinded and got healthy and really showed up at Rice.”

Junior Winter Bogan finished in fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time 14.55.

Bogan made it to the state tournament last season and finished in second place in the 100-meter hurdles. Avery Clover is also back for the Lady Eagles, the sophomore made it to the state tournament last year as a freshman in the 3200-meter run. She finished in fifth place in the 3000-meter run at the Victor Lopez relays with a time of 10:04.44.

The relays were a test that helped the Lady Eagles prepare for the District 22-6A meet, which will be on April 10-11 at Turner Stadium.

The Atascocita girls will be looking to win their third-straight district title.

Mori Robinson had a time of 12.38 in the 100-meter dash to finish in third place while competing at Rice.

LaCour always knows when her team starts peaking.

“Right now, we’re at a good point in the season,” LaCour said. “My team usually does well at the tail end, and I know that they will be fine heading to district, area, regionals and state. We just have to stay focused here at practice. I’m big on practice because if we can do it here we can do it at the meets. We have to keep the hype out of our head and just keep grinding at practice. This is where it starts.”

District 22-6A has Humble, Kingwood, Summer Creek, Pasadena, Pasadena Memorial, Dobie, South Houston and Sam Rayburn.

LaCour is looking forward to the competition the new district brings.

“It’s a pretty good district,” LaCour said. “It’s competitive, and we’re going to have to compete. We have to bring our ‘A’ game at district. It’s going to be a good meet, and we have to make sure that we’re ready for it.”

For the boys, head coach Todd Symons thought the Eagles performed well during the relays held at Rice.

Sir Hubbard finished in fifth place for the Eagles in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.91 while Dillion Potter finished in fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.15.

Symons think the Eagles have had a good preseason despite fighting adversity.

“Rice was a good meet for us,” Symons said. “At Rice I felt like our guys competed well. We have some young long-distance runners and our kids are starting to run well. It’s been a tough season because of the weather, and it’s always difficult to run in the cold. The sun is out and it’s starting to get warm. I’m looking forward to the district meet to see what we’re capable of doing.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com