Devine MS Bandera XC recap; Tanner Davis wins gold

7th grade Colt Tanner Davis took 1st with a time of 10:03.

Devine Middle School Colts and Fillys ran their first meet of the season in Bandera this past Saturday. Tanner Davis led the 7th grade Colts with an individual first place finish and a time of 10:03. Eighth grade Colt Taylor Hurst medaled at 15th place and a time of 12:10.
Leading the way for the Fillys was 8th grader Airyanna Rodrigues who placed 5th with a time of 11:26. She was closely followed by Kourtni Geyer who came in 9th with a time of 11:47.
“I thought our first meet went well,” said Coach Mark Mangold. “Runners came home with a new sense of importance. This meet was a nice reward for a couple of weeks of hard work.”
Nestea plunge
Today’s generation is a lil’ too young to know exactly what the “Nestea Plunge” was back in the day. In short, once a person would take a drink of Nestea, they would begin to feel a new reality, a new sense of energy, and it would create a desire for some fun-filled activities.
Maybe, just maybe, Tanner and the rest of the runners had a little extra motivation to do well Saturday as Coach Mangold made a side-promise to his runners before they toed-the-line to run their two-mile race.
“I told everyone that if anyone won 1st in their race I would jump in the river,” Mangold said about getting his squad pumped. “Tanner Davis won his race so I lived up to my promise and when everything was over; I went down to the river and took the plunge. Everyone around was laughing and cheering. Next time I think —- I’d do it again!”
7th team boys: 1st Boerne South 24, 2nd Ingram Tom Moore 68, 3rd Lytle 70, 4th Devine 71.
7th Colts: 1st Tanner Davis 10:03, 17th Bo Wheeler 12:25, 18th George Garcia 12:25, 24th Jathan Rosales Garza 14:09, 26th Aadyn Harper 14:56, 29th Cecilio De La Garza, 16:13, 30th Bobby Herrera 16:21.
7th team girls: 1st Boerne South 15, 2nd Boerne North 62, 3rd Bandera 63.
7th Fillys: 22nd Kenadi Marek 18:11, 39th Adeline Arellano 17:23.
8th team boys: 1st Boerne South 22, 2nd Lytle 44, 3rd Bandera 60.
8th Colts: 15th Taylor Hurst 12:10.
8th team girls: 1st Boerne North 35, 2nd Boerne South 38, 3rd Devine 81, 4th Ingram Tom Moore 94, 5th Bandera 97.
8th Fillys: 5th Airyanna Rodriguez 11:26, 9th Kourtni Geyer11:47, 18th Dani Gutierrez 13:00, 23rd Jilliyn Guajardo 13:46, 29th Angelina Garcia 16:19, 30th Brooke Thompson 16:22.
Up next
The Colts and Fillys travel to Tilden to run Saturday morning. Both 8th grade teams run at 10am followed by the 7th grade teams at 10:30am.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer