The Robert E. Lee and Goose Creek Memorial cross country teams headed south for a Galveston Beach Run Friday and Gander Derek Salinas led the way.

Salinas ran the 4K in 14:24 to pace all Goose Creek CISD runners and ended up in sixth place, medaling for the second straight week.

“He has been running so well that we gave him the day off from post meet duties,” REL head coach Jay Langlois said. “He only had to supervise the ice bath.”

REL finished sixth in the 20-team varsity Division II category.

“This is one of the best team results we have had in years,” Langlois said. He also noted the performances of Adolfo Razo, Uriel Santillan, Efren Flores, Cesar Gonzales, and Kevin Hernandez.

GCM’s boys were led by Alejandro Alonso’s 34th place run at 15:58.

“I am disappointed in our performance today,” GCM head coach William Freeman said. “There is a lack of consistency right now, so we need to figure that out.  Once the boys can figure out how to be competitive during the race, results will get better.”

The Lady Patriots finished second overall out of 17 teams, scoring 95 points, one behind winners Huntsville.

Hailey Pequeno (fifth, 18:28), Tania Rodriguez (eighth, 18:37) and Gloria Martinez (ninth, 18:37.7) led the way.

“These girls have been working extremely hard and yesterday was a result of it,” GCM girls coach Roman Huizar said. “We are still missing our top runner Vanessa Mendoza who has been out with injury and hope to get back in a couple of weeks. This team is solid right now and we just want to keep building on what we do each week.”

Barbers Hill XC excels in Huntsville

The Barbers Hill Eagles finished eighth in the boys field – third-best in Class 5A – and the girls took 13th at the Huntsville Region III preview meet Saturday.

Daniel Armenta (17:45) and Gabriel Villanueva (17:51.6) ended up 17-18 in the standings to pace the boys’ efforts.

“Overall I felt like we did well, and we competed in a very competitive division,” BH boys coach Cody Knight said. “But at the same time, we have not yet shown that we can compete with the state caliber teams. I know our guys are not satisfied and are working hard to move our program in the right direction. We are all looking forward to running this course again at the regional meet in October.”

Kelsea Risinger (23:16.5) and Makayla Johnson (23:47.9) led the girls team.

“I was pleased with how we performed in our first 5K of the season – first ever for some,” girls coach Stacy Tucker said. “The girls who ran at this meet last year were quite a bit ahead of their time and position from a year ago, so I feel like we are in a much better place.  There is lots of room for improvement, but it was a good start to the longer distance.”

Barbers Hill XC excels in Huntsville

The Barbers Hill Eagles finished eighth in the boys field – third-best in Class 5A – and the girls took 13th at the Huntsville Region III preview meet Saturday.

Daniel Armenta (17:45) and Gabriel Villanueva (17:51.6) ended up 17-18 in the standings to pace the boys’ efforts.

Sterling tennis rolls in district opener

It was a perfect start to District 21-6A play for Sterling team tennis as the Rangers routed visiting Beaumont United, 19-0, Friday afternoon.

“We went out and took care of business,” Sterling head coach John Tremmel said. “I wanted to give some of the younger players some experience. I am proud of the way they competed.”

RSS travels to Clear Springs for a 3:45 p.m. match on Tuesday.

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