Coahulla Creek High School’s boys cross country team had the best finish among local teams and the best local individual finish at the Chattanooga Cross Country League Meet No. 3.
Host Baylor School blew the field away with 36 points, while the Colts finished second with 122. Walt Douglas’ fifth-place finish was the best among locals with a time of 17 minutes, 13 seconds. Northwest Whitfield finished third in the boys’ 28-team field with 132 points, while Northwest’s girls finished fifth with 226 points in a 20-team field.
Also scoring for Coahulla Creek’s boys were Sadoth Fraire (17th, 17:57), Missael Fraire (33rd, 18:34), Gaspar Andres (35th, 18:40) and Oscar Andres (36th, 18:41).
“We are a lot stronger than we were last year, and they are getting better and better every week,” Colts coach Josh Deslattes said. “We feel like we are doing really well.
Walt has stepped up as our No. 1 runner, and the other runners are all quality high school runners as well,” he said. “(Tuesday’s) weather was just perfect for a race, and we got some really good times out of them. I am pretty optimistic at taking first this year in our region after finishing second last year.”
Henson Gibbs finished 11th in 17:36 to lead the Bruins, who also received scoring runs from Lane Bramblett (12th, 17:42), Dylan Richards (19th, 18:05), Brandon Bolino (45th, 18:47) and Kyle Roberts (50th, 19:01).
Dalton (312) rounded out the top 10. Eduardo Moredo ran an 18:08 to finish 21st for the Catamounts, who also received scoring runs from Junior Perez (62nd, 19:22), Luke Rasey (63rd, 19:23), Johan Vargas (80th, 19:50) and Moises Ponce (86th, 19:57).
Southeast Whitfield also competed, finishing 13th with 368 points. Luiz Perez finished 40th with a time of 18:46 for the Raiders, who also received scoring runs from Christian Gonzalez (78th, 19:37), Daniel Triana (81st, 19:42), Hunter Young (87th, 19:56) and Omar Ruiz (94th, 20:01).
On the girls side, Tennessee’s Signal Mountain won with 49 points, followed by Heritage and Baylor (58), Home School (80), Northwest, Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School (263), Dalton (268), Chattanooga Christian (282), Southeast (293) and Coahulla Creek (301) to round out the top 10.
The Lady Raiders’ Isabel Salinas had the best finish among local girls, placing 24th with a time of 22:25. Also scoring for Southeast was Ana Padilla (45th, 23:31), Jessica Flores (68th, 24:42), Maria Quijano (92nd, 26:07) and Jenny Contreras (114th, 27:46).
Jen Riviera finished 37th in 22 minutes, 59 seconds for the Lady Bruins. Also scoring for Northwest was Caroline Duffy (38th, 22:59), Samantha Wooten (47th, 23:42), Ashley Sweeney (63rd, 24:24) and Leah Frye (68th, 24:39).
Bitia Paz ran a 23:55 to finish 48th for the Lady Cats, who also received scoring runs from Monica Vega (51st, 24:09), Julia Sain (53rd, 24:18), Brenda Rodriguez (56th, 24:30) and Adriana Perez (60th, 24:57).
Evelyn Botello finished 48th in 23:42 for the Lady Colts, who also received scoring runs from Rachel Cherry (56th, 24:01), Ationza Smith (72nd, 25:01), Bethany Goodwin (73rd, 25:01) and Hayley Hight (100th, 26:31).