Arabian XC finishes 2nd in Bandera

The Devine Arabian Cross Country team is off to a great start in the 2018 season. The Arabians finished second to the Lady Bulldogs of Bandera who won the 2017 State Championship in Round Rock. Bandera won the meet scoring 49 points to 62 for Devine.
Brooke Runyan, Mari Murillo, Kelli Geyer, Espi Mendoza, and Bri Bernal accounted for the top five Arabian scores while Brianna Bowyer and Yessika Garza put up quality times to round out the top seven Arabian runners.
She said it:
“My first actual meet and being on varsity was a very good experience. I had a great time. All of the upperclassmen are nice and accepting of me. I went home happy and I am beyond excited for the Hondo meet.”—Kelly Geyer
“I was excited to get the first meet behind me. I am anxious to see what this season holds in store for us.”—Brooke Runyan
“This past Wednesday we ran in Bandera and the course was no walk in the park (literally). We were running!  After an intense speech by Coach Vay, the girls went out and ran with heart. I am proud to represent the Arabians and to be a part of the DHS pride!”—Bri Bowyer
“I am proud of our whole team for placing second in our opening meet. Bandera won state last season and we were able to stay pretty close to their team score. I am looking forward to what this season has in store for us.”—Brooke Runyan
Team rankings: 1st-Bandera-49, 2nd-Devine-62, 3rd-San Antonio Brennan-78, 4th-Pleasanton-96, 5th-Llano-99, 6th-Hondo-156, 7th-Nueces Canyon-190, 8th-Three Rivers-229.
Individual top 11: 1st-Anna Casey-Llano-12:37, 2nd-Meredith Zyetz-Llano-12:47, 3rd-Clarissa Dominguez-Hondo-12:56, 4th-Caitlyn Thrasher-Bandera-13:02, 5th-Caitlyn Nieschwitz-Pleasanton-13:07, 6th-Saraya Gallegos-SA Brennan-13:20, 7th-Brooke Runyan-Devine-13:25, 8th-Ashlyn Persyn-Bandera-13:30, 9th-Salma Guriterrez-Bandera-13:40, 10th-Mari Murillo-Devine-13:47, 11th-Kelli Geyer-Devine-13:53.
Remaining Arabians: 14th-Espi Mendoza-14:06, 20th-Bri Bernal-14:28, 26th-Bri Bowyer-14:35, 34th-Yessika Garza-15:14.
Up next:
The Arabians make the short trip to Hondo Saturday, September 8 to run in the Owl Invitational at Hondo Municipal Golf Course. They are scheduled to run at 8:30am.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer