LUBBOCK – Another successful season for the athletes of Mineral Wells High School cross country came to an end on Monday, Oct. 23, as the Rams and Lady Rams failed to qualify for the state meet in the UIL Region 1 Championships held at Mae Simmons Park.
As a team, the Rams took the top spot for MWHS in 13th place, while the Lady Rams finished 22nd overall. Top schools for the varsity boys were San Elizario, Waxahachie Life and Andrews. The top three schools for the varsity girls were River Oaks Castleberry, Alvarado and Brownwood.
Individual frontrunners for MWHS were the Rams and Lady Rams senior leaders in Noe Salazar and Beatriz Martinez. For the Rams, Salazar finished in 43rd place with a time of 17 minutes, 30 seconds, and Lady Ram Beatriz Martinez finished in 35th overall with a time of 13 minutes, 17 seconds.
In total, the Rams had five runners finish in the top-100. Sophomore Colby O'Bannon took 61st place at 17:57, senior Erik Lopez took 73rd at 18:11, and freshmen Diego Andrade and Cristian Rodriguez finished 79th and 80th respectively. Andrade ran a time of 18:16.42, and Rodriguez finished close behind at 18:16.90.
Elsewhere for the varsity Rams, seniors Jamiah Fisher and Wayne Fowler had strong showings. While Fisher finished in 128th place with a time of 19 minutes, 9 seconds, Fowler took 135th overall at 19 minutes, 21 seconds.
For the Lady Rams, beyond Martinez's 35th place result all six girls finished outside the top-100 with Kloie Sherrod out in front in 125th place at 14:53. The next best time came from sophomore Rian Schultz with a 15:02 to finish in 133rd place. Freshman Kristen Fairrel also finished in the top-150 with a 148th place result in a time of 15 minutes, 32 seconds.
Other Lady Rams running at regionals included sophomores Shaina Willingham in 158th, Olivia Giordano in 166th and Gayla Bramlett in 174th place. Willingham crossed in a time of 15 minutes, 50 seconds, Giordano ran a 16:38 and Bramlett finished with in a time of 19:31.