The Lady Berries Cross Country team competed against 17 teams at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday and came away with a sixth place finish. They were led by Carolayn Salamanca (22nd) and Malia Roberts (25th) who both medaled in the event. Maria Perez (38th in 22:45) and Azucena Hernandez (45th in 22:58) both broke into the 22’s for the first time this season. It was a personal best time for Hernandez. “We are really happy for Azucena because she has worked so hard the past four years to earn a varsity spot. This has been a real good year for Azucena and we think both Azucena, and Maria, can continue to see their times go down as we move into the last month of the season,” said LHS coach, Brian Morrill.
Freshman Kaylee Perez continued to improve with a 23:50 for a personal best on Saturday. Gabby Reyes (24:09) and Cecially Martinez (24:21) both ran their season’s best times. Gabby Richie (24:39) and Erica White (24:54) were 8th and 9th for the Berries on Saturday with Irasema Munoz-Diaz finishing in 25:54.
“We ran pretty well on Saturday and the girls continue to get better each week. They are working hard in practice and their legs are a little heavy right now, but this will help us get ready for the last month of the season. Salamanca and Roberts are our leaders right now and we need to get our others closer to them in order to get us where we need to be late in the season,” said Morrill.
The Berries are at New Prairie next Saturday.