Gilkey moves on to State for Mustang Cross Country; Natalia finishes 7th overall

The Natalia Mustangs put on a great showing at Monday’s Regional Cross Country Class 3A Championships in Corpus Christi. Noah Gilkey advanced as an individual runner to Round Rock with a 15th place finish overall.
Things got scary for Head Coach Kim Lane, Gilkey, and the Mustang faithful as Gilkey neared the finish line in third place. Coming down the stretch, Gilkey did not appear to be his normal running fluid self and collapsed multiple times before reaching the finish line.
Head Coach Kim Lane stated Gilkey fell and looked disoriented as he tried to gather himself before falling again. He was in third as he approached the line, but still finished 15th overall to qualify for the state meet.
“I am so proud of all the boys,” Lane stated. “They improved so much over the season. I could not be happier.”
More to come in next week’s The Devine News.
Top 8 teams boys
1st Lytle 42, 2nd San Antonio Great Hearts Northern Oaks 65, 3rd Randolph 94, 4th Bishop 103, 5th IDEA Pharr 144, 6th Brownsville Frontier College Prep 187, 7th Natalia 188, 8th Palacios 197.
Top 10 boys & Mustangs
1st Wyatt Hoover-Poth 17:10 2nd Aaron Wilfert-Vanderbilt Industrial 17:24, 3rd JoseCarlos Hernandez-Lytle 17:35, 4th Gregorio Alcorta-Lytle 17:50, 5th Jonathan Garcia-Vanderbilt Industrial 17:53, 7th Robert Wagner-Lytle 17:54, 8th Bradley Schmedthorst-Randolph 17:59, 9th Mac Baker-Great Hearts-Downtown Campus 18:05, 10th Benjamin Alcott-San Antonio Great Hearts Northern Oaks-18:06.
15th Noah Gilkey 18:13, 32nd Issac Rios 19:09, 65th Donovan Hawkins 20:20, 73rd Coltin Richardson 20:32, 94th Devin Chapa 21:20, 118th Gavin Martinez 23:48.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer

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