Uvalde High School enjoyed another successful season in girls’ cross-country running competition last school year.
Coach Libby Guzman’s Lobos captured their fourth consecutive district cross-country title.
“It is a huge thing to win district any year. But to win four district titles in a row is a huge accomplishment,” said Guzman.
Varsity runners Kayden Carrasco, Chelsy Moreno, Andrea Perez, Katelyn Roman, Tabytha White, Brisa Rodriguez, and Alexandria Nolasco recorded good times in district competition.
“We qualified the entire team for the regional meet at Corpus Christi, where most of the Lobos ran their personal bests of the season,” said Guzman. “But we face a really tough field of competitors at the regional meet.
“Kayden missed qualifying for state by two places. She ran her heart out,” said Guzman.
“We hope to build this season off of the success from last season. We hope to reach higher goals this season,” said Guzman.
While the Lobos won district honors last season, the Coyotes did not fare as well in district boys’ cross-country competition.
The Coyotes ran their personal best times, but those times were not good enough to qualify them for regional competition.
“We are hoping for better times for the Coyotes in action this season,” said Guzman.
UHS lost some key seniors from last year’s team, including Katelyn Roman, Eddie Gonzales, Arron Estrada, and Jackie Gomez.
“We will miss those seniors and we will be looking for returning lettermen to step up to fill leadership roles,” said Guzman.
“As a team, we will work on becoming more consistent,” said Guzman. “We will focus on achieving individual and team goals. We will hold each other accountable and set higher expectations.”
UHS will vie in a new district for cross-country this season.
Joining Uvalde, Eagle Pass Winn, Floresville, and Southside in new District 28-5A are Medina Valley, San Antonio Harlan, Somerset, Southwest, and Southwest Legacy.
“We are excited to compete in a new district. Although we have faced most of these schools in area meets in recent years, we now will compete against them for district honors and the chance to qualify for regional competition,” said Coach Guzman.
“Medina Valley always runs well. They are a growing school and have some great talent on their cross-country team. The Southwest schools and Harlan have some talented athletes. Floresville always races well. Winn finished third in district last year,” said Guzman. “Southside and Somerset should add to the competition this season.
“This new district will be larger and more competitive,” said Guzman. “We have to step up our game and work to remain competitive.”
Cross-country workouts will begin on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at UHS.
“We always are looking to add more runners to our program. Anyone who would like to come out for cross-country running should contact me as soon as possible,” said Guzman, who can be reached at 830-261-0001.
The Lobos and the Coyotes will face their first meet competition of the season on Aug. 18 at Laredo when they participate in the Border Olympics meet.
On Aug. 25, the Uvaldeans will host the Uvalde High School Invitational.
Coach Guzman said that prospective UHS cross-country runners need to be preparing for the coming season by getting in a lot of running this summer.
And she said that runners who were unable to attend the cross-country meeting on June 4 need to contact her as soon as possible.