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District 12-4A Cross Country Meet


At Jacksonville High School


(Top three teams and top 10 individuals qualify for Region II Meet, Nov. 4, Vandergriff Park, Arlington)




Team results: 1. Nacogdoches, 54; 2. Pine Tree, 56; 3. Whitehouse, 57; 4. Jacksonville, 83; 5. Hallsville, 120; 6. Kilgore, 183.


Individual results (44 competitors): 1. Will Quinn, Whitehouse, 16:47.05; 2. Jonathan Tijernia, Marshall, 17:23.55; 3. Josh Stanley, Pine Tree, 17:23.85; 4. Ricardo Maldonado, Nacogdoches, 17:32.02; 5. Rich Eubanks, Nacogdoches, 17:34.81; 6. Trevor Gray, Hallsville, 17:46.20; 7. Israel Posada, Jacksonville, 17:49.15; 8. Marco Solis, Pine Tree, 18:08.82; 9. Norberto Hernandez, Pine Tree, 18:25.83; 10. Oscar Vela, Whitehouse, 18:26.48; 11. Andrew Wells, Nacogdoches, 18:27.48; 12. Josh Holland, Whitehouse, 18:37.14; 13. Justin Morton, Nacogdoches, 18:40.03; 14. Ryan Earle, Jacksonville, 18:41.78; 15. Abner Madrid, Jacksonville, 18:48.82; 16. Jordan Scott, Whitehouse, 18:49.72; 17. Todd Schrader, Pine Tree, 18:55.25; 18. Michael Robinson, Whitehouse, 19:02.55; 19. Hunter Hembrough, Pine Tree, 19:03.50; 20. Justin Jenkins, Hallsville, 19:05.71.




Team results: 1. Whitehouse, 53; 2. Hallsville, 64; 3. Pine Tree, 69; 4. Jacksonville, 96.


Individual results (32 competitors): 1. Paulina Romero, Nacogdoches, 13:48.64; 2. Monica Perez, Hallsville, 13:54.97; 3. Natalie Holcomb, Whitehouse, 14:43.56; 4. Kami Cook, Whitehouse, 15:06.71; 5. Jessica Rasberry, Marshall, 15:09.07; 6. Laura Mena, Jacksonville, 15:25.54; 7. Lydia Uribe, Whitehouse, 15:28.46; 8. Dana Deerinwater, Kilgore, 15:43.30; 9. Allison Gray, Hallsville, 15:43.54; 10. Grace Lindwall, Pine Tree, 15:44.05; 11. Kelly Mannriquez, Nacogdoches, 16:02.11l 12. Erin Duffy, Pine Tree, 16:11.96l 13. Monica Contreras, Pine Tree, 16:13.31; 14. Sara Gray, Hallsville, 16:20.74; 15. Caitlin Pirtle, Pine Tree, 16:23.48; 16. Alex Barnes, Whitehouse, 16:25.99; 17. Trisha Smith, Hallsville, 16:26.52; 18. Autumn Green, Jacksonville, 16:32.29; 19. Katie Pate, Pine Tree, 16:34.68; 20. Katelyn Stark, Pine Tree, 16:44.05


Pirates finish second to Dragons at 12-4A cross country meet




Friday, October 27, 2006


JACKSONVILLE — Surprises found the Pine Tree Pirates cross country team on Thursday, internally and externally. The surprises added to an unpleasant surprise for the Bucs: no district title.


Pine Tree was in a tight, three-way race for the team title at the District 12-4A Meet, but came up short to Nacogdoches on the campus of Jacksonville High School. Nacogdoches finished with 54 points, ahead of Pine Tree (56) and Whitehouse (57).


The Pirates will continue their season by advancing to regionals. The top three teams and top 10 individuals advanced to the Region II Meet, which will be held Nov. 4 at Vandergriff Park in Arlington.


The Pine Tree Lady Pirates were also denied a repeat district title, but this was not a surprise as Whitehouse lived up to expectations as the 12-4A favorite with 53 points. A surprise in the girls' race was that Hallsville placed second with 64 points, while Pine Tree was third with 69. Pine Tree finished ahead of Hallsville in four previous meets this fall.


The Nacogdoches Dragons got a boost from their top two runners, Ricardo Maldonado and Rich Eubanks, placing fourth and fifth. Pine Tree's top placer was Josh Stanley, who came in third with a 3.1-mile time of 17 minutes, 23.85 seconds.


"Our fourth and fifth runners didn't finish as good as we hoped. Nacogdoches did surprise us. We didn't see that from them this season," said Pine Tree coach Mike Darby, who turned 49 on Thursday. "We're disappointed we didn't win, but excited we get a chance to face them again. It will be different with a larger field in regionals."


The individual boys' champion was not a surprise. Whitehouse's Will Quinn, a 2005 state qualifier, won with a time of 16:47.05.


The runner-up in the race did provide a surprisingly good finish. Marshall's Jonathan Tijernia was leading when Stanley overtook him around 50 yards to the finish.


However, with a burst of energy, Tijernia moved back ahead of Stanley with about 20 yards remaining to place second with a time of 17:23.55, 3/10ths of a second ahead of Stanley. This was the highest placing of this season for Tijernia, a freshman, who finished 17 seconds behind Stanley at Hallsville's Running of the Cows on Oct. 15.


"When he passed me, I thought, 'It's district, go for it. It's going to hurt, but you'll get over it,'" Tijernia said. "I think I can run faster at regionals. I want to get under 17 minutes."


It was a good day for a freshman in the girls' race as well. Hallsville's Monica Perez placed second with a two-mile time of 13 minutes, 54.97 seconds.


Perez said she was able to run with eventual champion Paulina Romero of Nacogdoches, but Romero pulled away with about a half-mile to go. Romero finished with a time of 13:48.64 on a course that was muddy due to heavy rain on Wednesday.


Whitehouse's girls had three top 10 placers, led by Natalie Holcomb's third-place finish in 14:43.56. Hallsville's Allison Gray placed ninth to help Hallsville hold off Pine Tree.


"I'm happy with how I ran. I ran as hard as I could in the final half-mile," Perez said. "I just wanted to go to regionals. We all wanted to go to regionals as a team. I think as a team we could have done a little better, and this week we'll work harder."


Also qualifying for regionals in the boys' competition was Hallsville's Trevor Gray, who placed sixth. In the girls' race, Marshall's Jessica Rasberry qualified by placing fifth, while Kilgore's Dana Deerinwater placed eighth. Rasberry paid a price, collapsing at the finish, but she would be OK.

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