Submitted by Dalton State College
Dalton State College cross country coaches Margie Bruner and Andy Meyer kept their latest signing in the family.
Dalton State freshman Rafael Pacheco has signed to join his brother Isaac as a Roadrunner when the team begins competition next school year.
The latest signee is a 2009 graduate of Murray County High School, and he is an honor student at Dalton State, where he’s working toward a degree in business administration.
Rafael played soccer all four years of high school, beginning competitive running as a senior. But that was enough time to catch the eye of Dalton State coaches.
In high school, Rafael’s personal best was 17 minutes, 47 seconds in the 5K and 4:50 in the 1,600-meter run. He was the winner of the 2012 “Run for John” 5K with a time of 17:49; his current personal best for a 5K is 16:40.
“Rafael will provide much-needed leadership for a young team,” Bruner said. “The boys are running 8K. It is a little farther for him to run, but I think he is going to do well with that distance.”
Younger brother Isaac, who will graduate from North Murray High School this spring, was the first cross country runner to sign with Dalton, inking with the Roadrunners in late February.
Isaac has had an impressive career for the Mountaineers, including being named The Daily Citizen’s All-Area Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year each of the past two seasons.
Bruner said it should be fun for the two brothers to push each other, and Meyer is also excited.
“We’re really looking forward to having Rafael with the team,” Meyer said. “We feel like he is a solid addition and should help strengthen our scoring when we compete in meets.”
The brothers are the sons of Anna Maria Godinez and Rafael Pacheco.