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Sulphur Springs opens cross country season

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Andy Holt not only coaches runners to believe in the strong tradition of Sulphur Springs cross country teams, he lives it.

Holt is the coach, but he is a former Sulphur Springs athlete and graduate. He knows what he is talking about, he has been in those shoes.

“As long as I have coached here we have done well in cross country,” Holt said. “That’s six years we have won district. I am really excited about this year.”

The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats on the rosters could make any coach excited. Holt has a blend of young and older athletes, both the boys and girls teams have runners who have advanced past district. Holt is counting on that experience to carry the squad this year.

Members of the boys varsity team include seniors Preston Weaver and Andrew Wallace, sprinkle in juniors Tanner Bolton and Pablo Olguin and added sophomore Micah Hampton. The boys JV includes seniors Juan  Juarez, Jesus Arellano, Rodrigo Larios; juniors, Irvin Anderson, Andrew Marks, Alejandro Arellano; sophomores, Arron Pierce, Garrett Womack and freshmen, Talon Bell and Tony Bravo.

On the girls portion of the team, the varsity team is made up of juniors Megan Massey, Sabrina Hutchings, Melissa Rios;  sophomores, Ayana Taylor, Ashleigh Wallace and freshmen Kayelynn Huff, Luz Nunez. On the girls JV: juniors include Sarah Sapaugh, Samantha Owens along with sophomores, Chelsey Foster, Michelle Osornio, Grecia Tenornio, Daisy Osornio and freshman, Molly Ginn.

The squads begin action Saturday in Tyler at the opening meet of the fall cross country season.

“The girls have a lot coming back this year, we did not graduate anybody,” Holt said of his female varsity runners. “We have some girls who should really step up like Massey and Taylor. They were our told runners. Huff looks strong for us, Nunez also looks good and will be doing well for us.”

The coach continued, “On the boys side  Weaver and Wallace are our veterans and leaders. They can prove that now, it looks good. For the boys our goal is a district championship. For the girls, we want to get back to regional as a team. Some of our boys have  the goal to make it state. Those are lofty goals, but things we can do.”

Holt said to win the district title, Sulphur Springs runners will have to get past teams like Marshall in the 13-4A race. Marshall has won recent JV titles. Pine Tree also will field a strong team.

“Some runners ran on varsity, Wallace and Weaver will lead us,” Holt said. “The juniors now on the roster are at the varsity level, Bolton and Olguin will adapt quickly to being on the varsity and help us.”

Weaver  will need to be in the lower 17 (minutes), high 16 times, Holt said.  We need to get everybody in the low 18 area to upper 17. If we can do that we will compete at district. The girls need to be in the 13 and 14’s. They will, they are working hard.

Holt said, “Times are really out the window, it is about competing. Tyler is a tough meet, it is very competitive. We did well last year, we want to be in the top three. We would like to win the Mount Pleasant and Lindale meets coming up. We have a new meet at Hallsville, we wanted to get a taste of it and we what that course was like. Then we go back to Mesquite Poteet at the end, that meet is a preview for regional. Poteet is always dominant, it will be a good test for us.”

Cross Country Schedule

Saturday - at Tyler

Sept. 11 - at Van

Sept. 26 - at Mount Pleasant

Oct. 2 - at Lindale

Oct. 9 - at Hallsville

Oct. 17 - at Mesquite Poteet

Oct. 29 - district 13-4A at Hallsville (10 a.m. varsity boys; 10:45 a.m., varsity girls; 11:15 a.m., JV boys; noon, JV girls.

Nov. 7- Regional Meet- Arlington

Nov. 14 - State Meet- Round Rock




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