Categories: Headliner
      Date: Nov  4, 2009
     Title: An amazing day at district clinches regionals

 

     Nearly every student that competed in district championships last weekend also earned their personal best time in their event, making this year’s competition monumental.  Twenty-one Dalhart runners finished with a new personal record, adding to the excitement of the competition.



By Robin Scott

Nearly every student that competed in district championships last weekend also earned their personal best time in their event, making this year’s competition monumental.  Twenty-one Dalhart runners finished with a new personal record, adding to the excitement of the competition.

The Junior Varsity girls won first place at district, and the Varsity girls not only won, but also for the first time in 15 years will compete in regionals next weekend.  The Junior High girls finished off the trio of 2009 Champions.  The boys did a masterful job at district as well, with the Varsity team qualifying for regionals for the first time in 23 years.

Junior Varsity girls results included Samantha Schumacher running her personal best of 14:17 and placing second, BreAnna Silva running her personal best of 15:01 and placing 7th, Tierra Mendoza running her personal best of 15:03 and placing 8th, Gabby Bower running her personal best of 15:59 and placing 17th, Maisie Kenney running her personal best of 16:08 and placing 18th, and Haley Rocco running her personal best of 18:37 and placing 23rd.  The Junior Varsity girls placed first overall, winning district.

Junior Varsity boys results included Dakota Carranza running his personal best of 20:25 and placing 12th, Jose Arriaga running his personal best of 20:44 and placing 13th, and Zach Kenney running his personal best of 26:00 and placing 23rd.  

    Varsity girls results included Allison DeJong becoming a district champ and new record holder, taking first place by running her personal best of 12:09, Ashlyn Ritchey running her personal best of 12:22 and placing 3rd, LaCoda Przilas running her personal best of 12:45 and placing 6th, Larissa Montgomery running her personal best of 13:02 and placing 12th, Sara Mead running her personal best of 13:22 and placing 20th, Hannah Stockman running her personal best of 13:44 and placing 23rd, Riley Hamilton running her personal best of 13:57 and placing 25th and Raven Haschke finishing with a time of 15:59.

Varsity boys results included Joel Fly running his personal best of 17:09 and placing 7th, Antonio Ottaviani running his personal best of 17:23 and placing 10th, James Graff running his personal best of 17:40 and placing 15th, Kress Carson running his personal best of 17:56 and placing 17th, Mitchell McMurry running his personal best of 18:02 and placing 21st, Asher Palomo running his personal best of 18:06 and placing 23rd, Cristian Barrera running his personal best of 20:04 and placing 35th, and Kevin Watson finishing with a time of 20:47.  

The history-making event occurred on a very cold and rainy day, but the students fromDalhart proved that they could persevere.  DISD Superintendent David Foote stated, “This was the best effort from a group of kids I’ve ever seen, with most of them running the best they ever have, and beating students that they have never beaten before.  It was amazing how the kids pulled for each other.”  Foote added, “Coach Watson has done a great job with all of these kids.”

On Saturday, the students will compete at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock for the regional championships.  A win in Lubbock will entitle students to compete in the state championships.  Don purple, gold, and ah, “pink,” and race on down to Lubbock to support the kids as they compete in regional championships!