Seniors Brandon Pineda and Eduardo Loredo are being counted on to lead the Catamounts as they try to repeat as Region 7-4A champions.
“Brandon and Eduardo are our most experienced runners from last year,” Dalton coach Karen Galyon said while reflecting on her second league title in half a dozen years at the helm. “They have to lead the way.”
Galyon said both regularly post solid 17-minute times.
“Our boys right now compare favorably with last year’s group,” Galyon said. “They have a lot of potential. Most of them ran well in our recent time trial.”
At this juncture, the top three for team scoring would likely be junior Sergio Aguirre, sophomore Jay Tripp and senior Urbiel Martinez.
Quality contributions will come from Joel Espino, Angel Medina and Johan Vargas, seniors; Sayul Izaguirre, Antonio Martinez, Luke Raffey, Ivan Rivero, Diego Sanchez and Erik Villalobos, juniors; Ernesto Grimaldo, Atanacio Perez and Moises Ponce, sophomores; and Jose Boyzo, Joel Paez, Vinny Vega and Erik Zamora, freshmen.
For the two previous seasons, Dalton’s girls have finished fifth at region — one spot short of qualifying for state.
“We certainly want to get the girls back to state,” Galyon said. “They’re certainly capable of getting back.”
Houston’s exit leaves a huge vacancy, but Galyon isn’t asking any single runner to fill it.
“We don’t have anybody of Bekah’s quality,” Galyon said. “However, there is the balance of having everybody closer with their times. We have some young ones who have surprised.”
Galyon cited three veteran performers battling for the top spot — seniors Bitia Paz and Monica Vega and junior Ashley Parham. Junior Liz Cloud, who missed last year due to an injury but participated as a freshman, is also a quality runner. Those four participants all appear capable of running in the 21-minute range.
Others capable of contributing include Rosa Perez, senior; Beronica Hernandez, Brenda Rodriguez, Melissa Resendiz, Adriana Perez, Lisa Sanchez, Fabiola Torres and Oli Valdez, sophomores; and Sarah Kate Coleman, Arcelia Garnica and Julia Sain, freshmen.