BHS XC advances to Regionals
Monday, 12 November 2012 by David Tuma
Belton's boys cross country team won the district championship at Midway last week in dominating fashion. The Tigers scored a low total of 26 points with Temple a distance 51 in second.
The Lady Tigers cross country team placed seconds just 10 points higher than first place Harker Heights. Both teams advance to regional's in Lubbock this weekend.
For both it was a dramatic improvement over the final three weeks heading into district. Both teams were running third and fourth in the September meets. Harker Heights was the favorite in the boys division all year.
The girls team saw four freshman being moved up to varsity during the course of the season. "They kept getting better each week. Macy Keimi ran the best race of the year in district," said cross country coach Ben Bralley. Neimi Katey Hatter and Monika Perez are all freshman and finished ninth, tenth and eleventh in district.
"It was hard to find a pace for them in the pre-district meets because they were freshman. I was so please with both teams results. Neither team has a senior on varsity. Two of the girls in the eighth grade are state level runners. The boys bought into what we were trying to do in our work outs an that took time. It takes time to learn how to race. I am so proud of all of them. They just outworked the other teams. Our boys really wanted to win and they are ready for regional's. It wasn't easy at first when we are running fourth the first three weeks of the meets," said Bralley.
Boys times were; Ridge Hale-4th 16:15, John Jennings-5th 16:23, Johnathan Lopez-7th 16:35, Stephan Corlew-16th 16:59, Matthew Perez-17:02, Jose Guzman-25th 17:43 and Logan Zwerneman-26th 17:47. The key for the boys team was Hale's impressive run and every runner finishing at or in the top 25.
Girls times were Neimi-9th 20:00, Hatter-10th -20:04, Perez-11th 20:06, Macy Banfield-15th 20:31, Kelly Huckabee-19th 20:43, Sydney Siegried-24th 20:57, Christina Arellano-29th 21:16. The girls junior varsity placed second with Cheyenne Siegfried winning the race with a time of 21:07. The junior varsity boys team placed second.