Finishing 11th in the state

Members of the Del Rio High School boys cross-country team are joined by head coach Vicky Perez at the Class 6A State Cross-Country Meet in Round Rock Saturday morning. The team, which included Raymon Gonzalez, Jonathan Lowe, Itzcoatl Vazquez, Sam Pippen, Cristian Sanchez, Matthew Ortiz and Rolando Lopez, finished 11th overall.

Del Rio High’s cross-country program wrapped up its season Saturday at a familiar place – the Class 6A State Cross-Country Meet in Round Rock.

The boys team, which helped Del Rio make its 14th consecutive appearance at the state meet, finished 11th overall, narrowly missing the top 10 by just 17 points. A total of 16 teams competed at the meet led by The Woodlands, which took the top spot by 14 points over second place Southlake Carroll. Lewisville Flower Mound finished third.

The Woodlands were also champions in 2017.

The Rams’ 11th place finish was one spot better than last year. In addition, Del Rio placed four runners among the top 100 this year. Last year Del Rio only had three runners crack the top 100.

The Rams’ top finisher was Raymon Gonzalez, who was 63rd overall. He finished in a time of 15:53.86. Gonzalez improved his time from last year by nearly a second.

Gonzalez led a trio of Rams who finished within seconds of each other at the meet.

Itzcoatl Vazquez finished 66th in 15:55.04, and teammate Cristian Sanchez was 68th in 15:55.89. This was Vazquez’s first state meet, but Sanchez made a huge jump in time, shaving nearly 40 seconds off his time from last year.

Jonathan Lowe was the next Del Rio runner to finish, completing the race in 16:04.69 to garner 95th place. Lowe also saw an improvement in his state time by more than 20 seconds.

Rolando Lopez was about 10 seconds behind Lowe, finishing in 105th place in 16:14.08. Lopez knocked nearly a minute off his time from the 2017 state meet.

Matthew Ortiz finished 128th overall in 16:38.51. Ortiz had the biggest improvement among Del Rio runners, shaving nearly a minute and a half off his final time.

Sam Pippen was the final Del Rio runner to finish, crossing the finish line in 17:24.39 and taking 146th overall. This was Pippen’s first state meet.

Vazquez and Gonzalez are the only juniors on the team. The remaining five are all seniors.

The top runner at the meet was Flower Mound’s Alexander Maier, who finished the course in 14:34.92.

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