Fillys notch XC District Championships

The Devine Middle School Filly Cross Country runners dominated the District 29-4A competition last Wednesday afternoon at City of Devine Golf Course. The 7th and 8th grade Fillys both captured district championships, and by wide margins.
The 7th grade scored a season-low 21 points, easily distancing themselves from runner-up Pearsall who had 34. The 8th grade tallied an even lower 19 points to their next best competition, which also happened to be Pearsall who scored 41 points.
Katelyn Joslin captured first place overall in the 8th grade division with a time of 14:21. Katelyn’s time was so good that if she were in high school, she would have qualified for Regional as a top-10 finisher.
Four other 8th graders earned a medal as one of the best runners. Madison Spicer (4th-16:42), Emiley Mares (5th-16:42), Makayla Breiten (8th-17:06), and Catelyn Flores (9th-17:14) all took home hardware.
Cynthia Maldanado (12th-18:12), Camryn Darby (15th-18:33), Serenity Whitaker (18th-18:48), Sadie Quezada (19th-19:18), Jisselle Corral (22nd-19:36), and Olivia Zapata (24th-20:11) rounded out the 8th grade’s places and times.
As for the 7th grade, all five runners placed in the top 10 to earn a medal. Anna Cale Harrison led the way with a 4th place time of 15:05. Only seven seconds behind Harrison was Kourtni Geyer who finished 6th with a 15:12. Airyanna Rodriguez (7th-15:14), Jilliyn Guajardo (8th-16:34), and Lynn Lawler (10th-17:15) rounded out the scoring for the District Champion 7th grade Fillys.
Summer running
For the runners who want to improve, he must do the summer running program that is currently in place. At the conclusion of track season, Coach Beaty and Coach Thompson will meet with all who wish to participate in 2020 to get them going in the right direction.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer