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TCHS Running Well; To Host Region

Courtesy of TCHS

In the final regular season meet of the season on Wednesday of last week, the Toombs County High School girls and boys Cross Country teams ran some of their best times.

On the girls side, every single girl hit a season PR. Freshman Deanna Gonzalez had the biggest jump, finishing 1st for the team with a career PR of 23:36. She was followed closely by Noelia Nevarez, who also ran a career PR of 24:00. Mareli Luna was just behind her with a season PR of 24:28. In the 4 and 5 spots were Josseline Zamorano and Maritza Zamorano, each with career PRs of 28:40 and 28:46 respectively.

On the boys side, freshman Juan Luna ran a PR of 17:56. He was followed by another freshman, Dalton Kight, who ran a career PR of 18:55. Sophomore Moises Young was 3rd for the boys with a career PR of 19:33, while Victor was in 4th, just a few seconds off of his career PR with a 19:46. Senior Augustin Cruz ran a career PR in 5th place with a 20:19, while freshman Roberto Itzep was just behind him in 6th with a 20:23, which was also a career PR. Sophomore Daniel Santoyo rounded out the top 7 with a 21:49, a season PR for him. Junior Jahir Lopez finished 8th for the team, with a seaon PR of 24:02.

Coach Jeremy Moore said, “I haven’t been this excited after a race in a long time. To have so many of our kids hitting PRs the week before the Region Meet really gives us some momentum and motivation headed in to next week.

“On the girls side, it looks like 2-6 is going to be really, really close, so we have been preaching to the girls for the last 3-4 weeks that every second, every place matters. It could very possibly come down to 2-3 points or so for 4th and 5th place. We challenged the girls to push their paces really hard on the 1st mile, and they responded well and crushed their PRs this season. They were excited about their times after the race, and I am hoping they head into the region meet with a ton of confidence that they can run really well.

On the boys side, we have seen our times come down all season, and yesterday was amazing. Again, PRs across the board for our boys, and I believe if we can continue to make improvements over the next 7 days and run really well, we have a good shot and finishing 2nd in the Region next week. We will be running on our home course for the Region Meet, so hopefully our kids are more comfortable on our course and can hit new PRs as well, and we can get both teams qualified for the State Meet for the first time in several years.”

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