Lytle’s Cross Country teams participated in Floresville in the Tiger Invitational last Saturday morning. According to Head Coach Gilbert Ruiz, his squads were a little short-handed due to injury and have a lot of room for improvement as the season progresses.
The Pirates are coming off a terrific 2020 campaign that had them running in Round Rock at State to close out their season. In Floresville, only two varsity Pirates toed the line to begin the race with junior Robert Wagner and sophomore Brandon Obando competing in the three-mile race.
Wagner had a stellar performance finishing fourth out of 59 runners, while Obando placed 19th.
“We had some great individual performances but have a long way to go if we want to return to the State Meet,” stated Ruiz.
As for the JV Pirates, Ruiz said “freshmen Johnny Rey Alvarez and Luke Estrada both finished in the top ten as they came in 5th and 8th respectfully in their first 5K race.”
Team scores were not ready at press time but the JV would have finished second overall behind New Braunfels Canyon.
For the Lady Pirate varsity, junior Eisabel Guerrero finished 3rd, sophomore Samantha Mujica placed 5th and junior Marissa Lopez 10th.
Others running the varsity race were juniors Moriah Gomez (15th) and Dezmarie Ortega (20th).
“We would have finished 2nd behind Poth, but ahead of Floresville, Highlands, La Vernia, Luling and Austin Regents,” stated Ruiz. “We still have a couple of runners dealing with injuries and hope that they continue to get better by the time our Championship season begins in October.”
JV Lady Pirates Fatima Montes came in 18th place out of 69 participants followed by, Rose Scotello (22nd) and Alize Sanchez (46th).
By Jerel Beaty