Although Eastwood's individual teams did not make it to state, Senior Brian Casillas previously placed in the top 10 at regionals, making him the only runner from Eastwood that competed in the UIL Texas State XC Championships that took place on November 9, in Round Rock, Texas.
Casillas finished in 35th place with a time of 16:27.78.
"The competition was tough since I was the only runner from Eastwood, and it was even harder knowing that I didn't have the rest of my boys there to back me up and support me during the race." Casillas said. Although this is his last year, Casillas feels very honored to have been part of such a successful team. "I am very proud of how much the teams stepped up this year and showed El Paso who's boss." he added. "I'm very sad that this is my last year at Eastwood, and that I am leaving my cross country family. Last year I lost five of my brothers, and this year I am losing five more, but I wish them the best of luck in the future."
Coach Michael McLain has seen Casillas grow and take on a lot of responsibility since he first started running as a freshman, and although he is leaving the cross country family, McLain is enthusiastic about his future. "I've become very attached to these kids, so in a way its like they never leave." he said. "By being in this sport I think they have gained enough ethic that can be applied in their lives."
With Casillas' success this season, and the hard work and dedication of both teams, Eastwood cross country has proved yet again that they are still one of the most successful teams in El Paso.