The Schuyler Central cross country teams put on another outstanding showing at the Raymond Central Invitational this past Thursday afternoon as the boys crushed the field in winning the team title for the second year in a row while the girls had one of their best finishes of these season with the runner-up trophy.
The Warrior boys had all six of their varsity runners finish in the top 16 positions, and stand-out Eduardo Carrasco captured the individual gold medal finishing the course with a time of 17 minutes, 41.40 seconds. Other SCHS runners in the boys event were Kenny Mejia in fifth place with a time of 18:38.61, Hugo Ramon in seventh place with a time of 18:40.83, Gavin Bywater in ninth with a time of 18:53.06, Emanuel Zuniga 10th place with a time of 18:57.44 and Jesus Carrasco 16th place with a time of 19:39.60.
“Eduardo came from behind in his usual fashion and easily won the race 34 seconds ahead of the second place runner. My next four runners were all packed together within 19 seconds of each other. The thing that makes this more impressive is that the boys did an eight-mile run in the hills of Octavia the day before the meet," coach Rick Carter said. "I am very proud of the impressive team win and the effort they gave to achieve it.”
In romping to the team title, the Warriors had the low score of 22 while Lincoln North Star finished a distant second with 55 points. Tri-County rounded out the top three with a score of 80.
Marisol Deanda ran through the field for her first individual title of the season in pacing the girls team. She has been finishing in the top 10 in all of the major meets in which she has been competing and this time she raced to a 15-second victory over Andie Koch of Tri County. Deanda's time was 20:55.21.
Schuyler's Niurka Castro also earned a top-10 finish as she crossed the line in seventh place in a time of 23:48.50. Other runners for the Lady Warriors were Yeni Carreto in 11th with a time of 24:39.18, Melissa Escobar in 20th with a time of 27:14.17, Natalie Carreto in 26th place with a time of 27:46.99 and Joanna Rodriguez in 28 th with a time of 27:56.09. There were 40 runners from eight schools competing in the girls division.
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Tri County won the team title with 30 points while the Warriors were right behind with a total of 34 points. Arlington finished in third place with 60 points followed by Bennington at 69, Palmyra with 82, Weeping Water scoring 84, Lincoln North Star totaling 88 and Malcolm rounding it out at 139.
Earlier in the week, SCHS competed in the High School division of the UNK Cross Country Invitational. Eduardo Carrasco ran another outstanding race, finishing 12th out of 224 runners with a time of 17:54.2. Deanda raced to a sparkling 10th place finish out of 153 runners in the girls race.
“This might have been our best performance ever at the UNK meet,” said Carter. “Eduardo's finish was the best by one of my runners there. He continues to improve each week as do all of my runners. Despite temperatures in the 90's at race time, the heat didn't seem to affect my boys at all.”
Both the boys and the girls teams will be competing this week in the Central Conference meet that will be hosted by Lakeview in Columbus.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.