Eduardo Carrasco and Marisol Deanda continued to sparkle on the cross country course as they both finished in the top 10 of their respective divisions at the Central City Invitational held on the Valley View Country Club in Central City on Sept. 19.
The SCHS standouts helped to lead the boys to a fourth-place finish out of 12 teams and the girls to a ninth-place finish.
The Schuyler Central boys had three runners place in the top 18 spots out of 172 runners that competed in the event. Carrasco finished in 10th place with a time of 17:35.95, Kenny Mejia took 13th place in 17:47.02, and Hugo Ramon finished in 18th place with a time of 18:02.13. Freshman Gavin Bywater provided SCHS with another top-40 effort crossing the finish line in 38th place with a time of 18:57.93.
Schuyler boys head coach Rick Carter was pleased with how his team ran in a very competitive meet.
“I thought the boys did a great job in this race," he said. "The improvement in their times from last year at this same meet were incredible. Many of the guys improved by two minutes or more. All but one runner improved, and that runner missed a week of practice due to illness.
“Kenny Majia continued to run excellent. Last year he finished in 91st place with a time of 21:52. This year he cut his time by nearly four minutes. Eduardo had another excellent race too. Hugo ran a very good race for us with his 18th place finish. We also had another excellent performance from an up and coming freshman as Kevin Perez had his best race of the season finishing as our seventh best runner with a time of 20:39.”
Schuyler has meets at Malcolm on Sept. 24 and North Bend Central on Sept. 26.
“We are steadily improving, and I am about to see how the guys do at these major races,” Carter said.
The top three individuals in the boys race were Cyrus Rhea from Lexington with a time of 16:38.21, Conner Wells from St. Paul in second place with a time of 16:59.56 and Caleb Harb from Grand Island Northwest in third place with a time of 17:07.99.
In the team race, Grand Island Northwest captured the boys title with a low score of 23 points.
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The remainder of the field was: 2) Aurora – 39, 3) Lexington – 40, 4) Schuyler Central – 75, 5) St. Paul – 80, 6) Nebraska Christian – 154, 7) Central City – 188, 8) Madison – 234, 9) Ord – 275, 10) Grand Island Central Catholic – 301, 11) Twin River – 417, and 12) Fullerton – 492.
In the girls race, Deanda finished in fifth place with a time of 21:15.19. The talented sophomore has finished in the top 10 of all her races this season.
Other finishers for the Lady Warriors were Niurka Castro in 36th place with a time of 24:36.75, Yeni Carreto in 51st place with a time of 26:23.94, Melissa Escobar in 60th place with a time of 28:39.24, Natalie Carreto in 64th place with a time of 29:34.10 and Joanna Rodriguez in 68th place with a time of 29:59.68. There were 76 runners entered in the race.
The top four individuals in the girls race were champion Kloe Severance from Ord with a time of 20:12.85, Julianna Maxfield from Fullerton in second place with a time of 20:31.65, Kayla Barrios from Lexington in third place with a time of 20:47.36 and Kennadi Ureste also from Lexington in fourth place with a time of 20:52.45.
In the race for the team title, Lexington won the first-place trophy with a score of 30 points.
The Minutemaids were followed by: 2) Ord – 38, 3) Aurora – 53, 4) Fullerton – 68, 5) Grand Island Northwest – 90, 6) Grand Island Central Catholic – 122, 7) Nebraska Christian – 132, 8) Central City – 143, and 9) Schuyler Central – 150.
In the girls middle school event Schuyler finished in second place with 41 points, close behind Lexington who won the team title with 30 points. SMS had two runners finish in the top eight. Maribel Gonzalez finished in fifth place with a time of 12:06.97 while Gabriela Rodriguez finished in eighth place with a time of 12:15.28.
SMS also finished in second place in the boys event with 74 points. Lexington swept the top four spots to finish with the lowest score possible of 10.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.