De­catur fares well at the state cross-coun­try meet

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS/NEWS - MIKE ECKELS meck­[email protected]

DE­CATUR — For the sec­ond time in two weeks, stu­dents at De­catur Mid­dle and High Schools lined the main hall­way at the high school Nov. 1 in a grand send­off cer­e­mony for an­other team go­ing to a state ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion.

On Oct. 22, the De­catur High School vol­ley­ball team went to the state play­offs in Paragould for the first time since its con­cep­tion four years ago. This time, it was the high school boys’ and girls’ cross­coun­try teams that headed for the 2A state meet at Oak­lawn Race Track in Hot Springs.

Af­ter a five-hour bus ride, the teams set­tled down to a good night’s sleep. Wak­ing up re­freshed on Nov. 2, the teams headed to Oak­lawn for their gru­el­ing 5,000-me­ter race.

When the race fi­nally ended, nearly an hour af­ter it started, the De­catur boys’ team found it­self in fifth place with nine boys fin­ish­ing the course. David Devilla, who has amassed sev­eral gold and sil­ver medals this sea­son, led the Bull­dogs, fin­ish­ing in sev­enth place with a time of 18:50.3.

The girls fin­ished the event in 12th place. Des­tiny Me­jia led the way for the Lady Bull­dogs, fin­ish­ing in 46th place with a time of 25:13.

Other De­catur run­ners fin­ish­ing the race in­cluded:

Boys — 7-Devilla, 31-Ja­son Gomez, 36-An­dre Revolorio, 49-Steve Lucero, 52-Adam Garcia, 57-Damian King, 142-Kevin Sanchez, 164-Rigo Rubi, 165-Chris­tian Rameriez.

Girls — 46-Me­jia, 55-Deysi Rubi, 71-Stephanie San­doval, 80-Desi Meek, 104-Vi­vian Head, 126-Mayra Florer.

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