Marisol Deanda and Eduardo Carrasco continued their string of outstanding races, qualifying for Friday's state meet with top-15 finishes at the district meet in Elkhorn

The third-place finish by Deanda was one of the best medal performances recorded by a Schuyler Central High School female cross-country team member in many years.

Carrasco’s performance was equally as impressive in the talent-laden Class B-2 boys race held at Mount Michael Benedictine. He crossed the finish line in 10th place with a time of 16:54.1.

SCHS boys cross country coach Rick Carter spoke of his team’s performance and of Carrasco’s heroics in particular.

“I’m always pleased to get someone to the state meet. Eduardo’s high finish in our tough district was outstanding," Carter said. "He ran his usual smart race, starting off the first mile in around 20th place then continuously moving up to 10th. He broke the 17-minute mark for the first time by six seconds.”

“I am proud of how the entire team ran and the good effort put in this season. Hugo Ramon ran very well and finished in 22nd place as did Gavin Bywater with his 26th-place finish. They both came away with their personal best times.”

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Ramon’s time was 17:44.1 while Bywater finished the course in a time of 18:12.9. Other runners competing for Schuyler Central were Emanuel Zuniga who finished in 28th with a time of 18:32.1, Cirilio Mejia in 31st with a time of 18:46.7 and Jesus Carrasco in 33rd with a time of 19:30.3.

Ryan Zavadil of Omaha Skutt was the meet champion with a time of 15:53.7. Samuel Lueders of Blair took second with a time of 16:00.5 and Isaac Richards of Skutt finished third with a time of 16:29.6.

Skutt also won the team title, torching the rest of the field with 15 points. Bennington took runner-up honors with 46 points, edging out Blair with 48 points. The host Mount Michael team finished in 4th place with 53 points followed by the Warriors who finished with 86 points. Omaha Roncalli Catholic finished in sixth with 125 points.

“Marisol will run at 2:30 p.m. this Friday while Eduardo will run at 3:30, both at UNK. Both these two ran excellent time at the UNK meet back on September 30th over the same course," Carter said. "I am anxious to see them both run again this Friday.”

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

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