Region 1 Roundup: Americas boys, Eastwood girls make team history; 6 teams, 15 individuals advance to state

State Championship Previews

Sunday: Tornillo boys.

Monday: San Elizario boys.

Tuesday: Burges boys.

Wednesday: Eastwood boys and girls.

Thursday: Americas boys.

Friday: Individual qualifiers. Class 6A – Coronado runners senior Liam Walsh, junior Nick Gonzalez and senior Jennelle Jaeger-Daraksy; Franklin senior Jacobo Wedemeyer and sophomore Eva Jess. Class 5A – Hanks juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera; Eastlake’s freshman Israel David and seniors Carlos Armendariz, Aeriel Garcia and Amaris Chavez; Chapin junior Angel Contreras; Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes and Jefferson freshman Crystal Peterson. Class 4A – Mt. View junior Nicole Estrada.

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What: UIL State Cross Country Championship.

When:  Saturday Nov. 3. All times (CST): Girls Class 6A, 8:30 a.m.; Boys Class 6A, 9:10 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 12:10 p.m.; Girls Class 4A, 1:20 p.m.; Boys Class 4A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 2;30 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 3:10 p.m.

Where:  Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

At Stake: State team and individual titles.

Americas
Americas made history by become the first team from the school to advance to the UIL State Cross Country Championship.

The Americas boys and the Eastwood girls cross country teams walked off the 3-mile course at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock Monday fully aware of the significance of their performance at the Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

For the first time in their respective school’s history – they qualified for the UIL State Cross Country Championships Nov. 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Americas boys finished fourth with 134 points, earning themselves the final spot to the state meet. Southlake Carroll won the Region of Doom with 79 points followed by Lewisville Flower Mound (95) and Kelller (117).

Lewisville Marcus was fifth, four points behind Americas.

Tyler

Tyler Rodriguez was the Trailblazers No. 1 finishing 14th in 15:25.10 followed by Jacob Ye (22nd, 15:33.30), Jared Laverty (27th15:42.20), Alek Duran (44th, 15:58.50) and Gage Garcia (45th, 16:00.50).

Also headed to state out of Class 6A are Coronado’s Liam Walsh (5th,15:08.60) and Nick Gonzalez (8th, 15:12.10) and Franklin’s Jacobo Wedemeyer (15th, 15:26.10).

Coronado’s boy finished in eighth place with 255 points and Franklin was 10th with 278 points.

Jennelle Jaeger-Daraksy from Coronado finished sixth on the girl’s side in 17:44.43, two spots ahead of Franklin’s Eva Jess (17:46.05). Both qualified to the state championship.

Lewisville Flower Mound won the meet with 77 points followed by Southlake Carroll (89), Keller (91) and  Coppell (107), all four qualified to the state meet.

Franklin was ninth with 269 points, Americas 11th with 308 and Coronado was 12th with 331.

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The Eastwood girls qualified for the state championship for the first time, placing third with 127 points. Freshman Lauren Walls was seventh in 18:38.80.

The Eastwood girls qualified for the state championship for the first time, placing third with 127 points.

Eastwood’s top five were Lauren Walls (seventh, 18:38.80), Meadow Ortiz (19th, 19:29.30), Eileen McLain (29th, 19:49.20), Lauren Villareal (44th, 20:13.70) and Destiny Martinez (45th, 20:16,50).

Also qualifying for state in Class 5A are Jefferson’s Crystal Peterson (5th, 18:33.00), Eastlake’s Aeriel Garcia (8th, 18:43.70) and Amaris Chavez (11th, 18:55.90).

Grapevine won the team title with 94 points followed by Amarillo (109), Eastwood (127) and Fort Worth Boswell (136).

Jefferson was 5th with 143 points – 7 points shy of qualifying for state –  Eastlake was 9th with 177 points, Burges 13th (387 points), Horizon 16th (473 points) and Canutillo was 19th (517).

Eastlake
Eastlake did not qualify a team to state but for individuals will represent the Falcons – freshman Israel David, seniors Aeriel Garcia, Amaris Chavez and and seniors Carlos Armendariz.

The Eastwood boys introduced themselves to Region 1-5A by easily winning the Region 1-5A meet placing it’s scoring runners in 4-6-7-8 and 15th place for 40 points to earn a trip to the state championship. Burges also advances with a 4th place finish.

Grapevine was second with 119 points and Canyon Randall third with 159 points.

Eastwood top five were Kayn Quinones (fourth, 15:32.30), Juan Olmos (sixth, 15:35.50), Sergio Cuartas (seventh, 15:37.30), Elias Perez (eighth, 15:39.90) and Eddie Gallegos (16th, 15:56.80).

Individually, the Hanks duo of Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera finished 2-3 in 15:12.70 and 15:20.40 to advance. Others to advance to state are Eastlake’s Israel David finished 13th in 15:48.90 and Carlos Armendariz was 16th in 15:56.80, Chapin’s Angel Contreras (18th, 15:57.50) and Andress’ Chauncey Wilkes (19th, 16:03.30).

As a team Hanks finished sixth with 188 points, Chapin ninth (260), Eastlake 10th (281) and Jefferson 12th (297).

SanEli
San Elizario finished third in Class 4A with 87 points. Edwin Gomez defended his individual title in 15:17.90. The four-time state champions will move on to the state meet to defend it’s title.

In two surprising results, San Elizario nor Tornillo were able to defend their regional team titles.

San Elizario finished third in Class 4A with 87 points. Edwin Gomez did defended his individual title in 15:17.90.

Andrews won the team title with 63 points, Canyon was second with 78 points, San Elizario third and Decatur fourth (117). All four teams will race for state championship.

Mt. View’s Nicole Estrada finished the girls Class 4A regional 2-mile race in 12:41.90 and qualified for the UIL State Meet. San Elizario’s girls finished in 13th place.

Tornillo
Tornillo finished second with 91 points and will advance to the state meet seeking its third consecutive medal.

Tornillo, the four-time defending Region 3A champ, just missed out on their fifth, finishing two points behind Boyd.

Tornillo finished second with 91 points and will advance to the state meet.

Ofir Ortega was second in 16:04.70 and Eddie Carrillo was fourth in 16:23.50

Author: Victor R. Martinez

My love of running began with my son Deric. His passion and talent for distance running opened my eyes to a sport I never imaged I would embrace with such enthusiasm. As a journalist at the El Paso Times, I was the lead writer for cross country and track for several years and I was able to tell the stories of these amazing unsung athletes. Never a runner myself, I decided to change that when I turned 50 in 2016 when I trained for my first 5K. I've been running ever since and I love every minute of it - well - sort of.

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