By Melissa McCaghren
Slaton Cross Country competed in the Pre Lubbock Coaches Cross Country Meet Saturday (Sept. 7) at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.
Coach Landon Sims was overall happy with the results, especially with the week the students have had.
“I thought we competed very well. The effort of these kids has always been exceptional,” he said.
“This was a tough week for us, not to make excuses, but it was a short week and homecoming, so I am confident that we will have a better week this week since things will go back to normal.”
Mary Jo Parker was the top finisher for the girls, finishing in 18th place with a time of 13:46.08 in the two-mile run.
Alice Cogburn placed 20th with a time of 13:49.85, Kathryn Castillo, 34th place, (14:54.79), Kristen Chavarin, 76th place, (16:06.28), Emma Muniz, 82nd place, (16:14.49), Emily Herrera, 84th place, (16:19.23) and Kelsea Crow, 97th place, (16:53.35).
The top finisher for the boys team was Ty Kinch, who placed 12th with a time of 17:57.70 in the three-mile run.
“Ty Kinch ran really well, he finished 12th overall, but he was first out of runners from 1-3A schools,” said Sims.
Ishmael Gonzales placed 54th with a time of 19:47.56, Curtis Holland, 95th place, (21:18.17); Christian Perales, 115th place, (21:56.21), Elijah Culver, 119th place, (22:04.54); Isaiah Chapa, 121st place, (22:16.14), and Ivan Venzor, 158th place (27:15.57).
Sims said while there were some missing individuals that could’ve helped Saturday, he felt that when they were at full force, they would do great things.
“It’s still early we are working very hard right now, we have not gone into a meet fresh this season, they will notice a big difference in their legs once we get to October,” he said.