Eastwood's Cross Country team went above and beyond once again at the 1-5A District Meet on Saturday October 26 at the Horizon Golf and Conference Center. Boys and girls JV and varsity teams won district titles, which, according to Coach Michael McLain, is unprecedented.
The Boys and Girls varsity teams won first place with the girls finishing with an average time of 19:28 and boys with an average time of 15:58. Junior Anna Mora finished in first place with a time of 18:07, and Senior Brian Casillas also finished in first place with a time of 15:34. Eastwood competed against Americas, Bel Air, Coronado, El Dorado, Franklin, Socorro, and Montwood High School.
Mora finished first in her race 38 seconds ahead of the next runner, then caught her breath and ran back down the course she had just run, looking for a teammate who was not to the finish by the expected time. She found Diana Martell, who had succumbed to an asthma and allergy attack, made sure she was ok, then, along with teammates who had also finished, ran alongside of their teammates, calling out encouragement, showing what's important about teams; showing what championship teams are made of.
Junior Elise McLain, daughter of Coach McLain, has been running cross country since her Freshman year at Eastwood and she explained the difficulty of the race, and how the team stays motivated and consistent at every meet. "The race wasn't as high of a level as competing out of town, but the competition was still tough" McLain said. "This is our third year in a row being undefeated, and that is what keeps us motivated to always improve. Also, teamwork plays a big part in our success, and without the team supporting each other that success wouldn't be possible."
This weekend, the boys and girls varsity teams will compete at regionals in Lubbock,Texas, at Mae Simmons Park.