The Salado Eagles and Lady Eagles soared above a flat course to win the District 22-2A meet Monday at Cameron Yoe.
The Eagles’ 30 points were 22 better than Florence’s, and Salado was a cumulative 4 minutes, 54 seconds quicker than the Buffs.
“We actually started practicing all the way at the beginning of July,” said Salado boys coach Michael Goos. “We’ve been going at it for awhile. We really worked on not peaking too early. That was evident at this meet today.”
Eagle Preston Kimbrough finished second overall with a time of 17:15, and led his team’s five top-10 placers.
Florence’s Jose Pena led the 41-runner field with a time of 17:15, finishing a hair ahead of Kimbrough.
For the Eagles, Daniel Thoreson, Alberto Rocha Morales, Peyton Kyburz and Luke Markham comprised the remaining scorers, with respective point totals of 3, 6, 9 and 10.
“They push each other in practice every day,” Goos said. “The kids kind of put me at ease today, and let me know when we get to those tough meets and get to crunch time, they can still perform.”
Only one runner returned to Salado this year, as the team graduated 10 seniors last season.
“When you graduate that many runners, you expect to have two or three years of what you call rebuilding years,” Goos said. “Our kids came together to make this happen.”
Justin Segura, Uriel Ramirez, and Kord and Klay Davis rounded out the scoring field for the Buffaloes, with 4, 5, 19 and 23 points, respectively.
Salado and Florence accounted for eight of the meet’s top 10 runners.
Along with the Lady Eagles, the Eagles and Buffs advance to the 2A regional meet Nov. 2 in Humble.
Adams leads lady eagles
Salado’s girls rallied behind the determined leadership of Ashley Adams to score 32 points, 26 ahead of Little River-Academy. The Lady Eagles finished in a cumulative 2:53 in front of the Lady Bees.
Adams led her team, and placed third overall with a time of 12:28. Salado’s scorers all placed in the top nine of a 40-runner field.
Katey Ewton, Cassidy Brown, Katie Kendall and Ariana Rangel rounded out the Salado contingent with runs of 12:52, 12:56, 12:58 and 13:09, respectively.
“Each time we walk up to the course, we prepare like it’s a state meet,” said Salado girls coach Cindy Mewhinney. “The girls watched the boys get their second state (championship) last year, and they really wanted the opportunity to get to state, too.”
A flat course might’ve helped the Lady Eagles perform.
“The girls loved the course,” Mewhinney said. “They were excited at the thought they didn’t have to run up and down hills. Here at Salado, we run up and down hills a lot. I think it was almost a mental edge, almost because they didn’t have to run uphill.”