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Schuyler Warriors

Marison Deanda continued her strong 2019 cross country season last week in invitational meets last week in Malcolm then North Bend for the Schuyler Warriors.

Deanda finished in fifth place out of 81 runners at Malcolm then followed that up with a runner-up showing out of 35 in the large-school division at North Bend.

In the team standings, the Lady Warriors were in sixth place out of 13 teams at Malcolm and fifth place out of six teams at North Bend Central.

“The girls had a pretty tough meet today. It was windy and hot but they continued to show their progress from the start of the season," said coach Cortland Cassidy about the run at Malcolm. "Even though we have dealt with some injuries, the girls have kept a positive attitude even when our team score doesn’t look the best. Today I think they were pleased to see that they had beaten seven other teams.”

Deanda finished her Malcolm race in 21 minutes, 21.40 seconds while Danie Parriott of Conestoga won the event with a time of 20:39.20.

“Marisol continues to impress me with how smart she races,” Cassidy said. “She has a very confident but focused attitude before her races and that helps her stay patient during the race. Today she started in the top 15 and eventually worked her way to fifth place.”

Niurka Castro captured 35th with a time of 25:22.80 followed by Yeni Carreto in 45th at 26:44.00 and Melissa Escobar in 57th with a time of 28:44.70.

Milford was the team champion with a low score of 44 while SCHS had a score of 117.

At North Bend, the team title in the large school division went to thehosts with 28 points. SCHS had a team score of 69.

Deanda finished with a time of 21:12.15. The meet winner was Zoe Christenson from Wahoo who finished the course with a time of 20:30.22.

Other runners for Schuyler were Casto with a time of 24:13.32, Yeni Carreto at 25:28.46, Escobar at 27:50.93, and Natalie Carreto at 28:25.28.

“Even though the girls only had one day of rest between meets, they came ready to run,” said Cassidy. Marisol seems to be getting stronger and stronger as the season goes one. She’s one of the smartest runners I’ve ever been around and the next two weeks will be really important in her training in hopes of qualifying for state.”

Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.   

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