Decatur fares well at the state cross-country meet
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.