The varsity cross country team dominated at the UIL 6-A District 1 Championship for the sixth year in a row, which was held at Chamizal Park on October 22. The boys varsity team placed first with 44 points, and the girls varsity placed second overall. Head Coach Michael McLain said both teams pushed themselves to win districts, and that he was impressed by their drive to win.
"They are a good team, who have worked very hard and I am proud of what they have done," McLain said. "I don't really think place matters. It's how hard you work and that you went for it, that's what matters."
Senior Daniel Bernal finished first with a time of 15:21.7. Junior Gabe Armijo finished fourth with a time of 16:11.6. Senior James McLain finished tenth with a time of 16:26.26. Armijo said that he was overjoyed to see everyone's dedication pay off with this district win.
"It feels amazing to win districts, because all the hard work we put in the summer is finally paying off," Armijo said.
Senior Nazanin Zarei-Chalshetory finished eighth with a time 20:20.42. Senior Alexus Ordaz finished 11th with a time of 20:46.39. Senior Daniella Ruiz finished 12th with a time of 20:48.02. Ruiz said that she's very proud of how much the team has accomplished, and how they've been able to work so well together.
"It feels great to have qualified for regionals two years in a row," Ruiz said. "Our minds were set on working as a team and staying together. No matter where we go our races always have been about having fun and working as a team."
Zarei-Chalshetory said the teams biggest goal for regionals is to push one another, and make sure the team does the best that they can.
"For regionals, we plan to go in with a positive mindset and run for each other even when we feel like giving up," Zarei-Chalshetory said. "At the end of the day, we run for each other as a team."
Both varsity teams qualified for districts, which will be held on Oct. 29 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock, TX.