Poolville High School’s varsity cross country team made waves at Wednesday’s Alvord Meet, the group’s second of the season, with the boys finishing first and girls finishing fifth.
Poolville Head Cross Country Coach Steven Stegall said his team has been hard at work for months, gearing up for the fall season.
“This group of kids has been working so hard since July 22,” Stegall said.
“They have put in the time and effort to have a successful season.”
Poolville saw a number of its runners medal on both sides.
Junior Henry Fierro paced the Monarchs’ with a first-place finish in the boys’ 5K, completing his race in 17:41.
Stegall said Fierro has picked up where he left off last year, while adding that the junior continues to push his own limits.
“Henry won district and the region last year,” Stegall said.
“He was happy he finished eighth at state, but you could tell he was not satisfied. With as much time and effort he has put into it, I told him he has to strive for that. It is hard to imagine that he is over halfway through his high school career. But you can see him maturing in his thought process and training. He has a plan and works everyday to achieve the goals he has for himself.”
Additional results for Poolville’s boys included sophomore Hunter Gober (second), freshman Levi Ramirez (fourth), senior Zaine Mansell (ninth), freshman Jackson Mott (12th), sophomore Austin Woods (20th) and junior Evan Lang (41st).
The Lady Monarchs were led by junior Lucy Ramirez, who finished seventh in her race.
Additional results for Poolville’s girls included freshman Makaylee Ray (20th), sophomore Saila Sanchez (34th), sophomore Steleigh Stegall (35th) and sophomore Danika Escobedo (39th).
Both the Monarchs and Lady Monarchs have done well so far this season giving an exceptional effort both at meets as well as out during practice, Stegall said.
“We lost a lot of good runners to graduation on the boys’ side,” Stegall said.
“But these guys have stepped up and are working hard to fill the void. I’m really proud of them.
“We do not have as many girls running this year [as last], but the ones who are running have been really committed.”
Poolville competes in the Graford Meet Wednesday.