Photo at right courtesy of JASON HEFFNER
In any sport, athletes that want to be the best have a desire to want to compete against the top competition, and that’s what three cross-country runners from the Kilgore area did last weekend.
Cristina Rosas of Kilgore High School, along with David Robinson and Saniel Acosta of Sabine High School, competed in the University Interscholastic League’s 2018 State Cross-Country Championships, the state meet, ran at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
For Cristina, it was a return trip. She was there last year as a freshman as a part of the KHS girls team as a unit. This year, though the team fell short, Rosas was an individual qualifier and put on a fantastic performance. Rosas, also a member of the highly-successful Lady Bulldogs soccer program, ran the UIL Class 4A girls division and finished 22nd out of 147 runners, in a time of 12 minutes, 19.44 seconds.
Rosas really rose up the list from last year – she was 45th of 149 runners and 21 seconds slower back in 2017. She’s coached by Heidi Hagan.
According to results provided by the UIL in the 4A girls run, Llano’s Anna Casey was first overall, in a time of 11:39.78. Rosas and Morgan Coleman of Fairfield (who came in 17th) were the highest finishers among runners considered to be from the East Texas area.
Sabine coach Jason Heffner had a couple of guys – Robinson and Acosta – in the UIL boys Class 3A 5K run, and they didn’t disappoint. Robinson ran well enough for 36th place out of 150 competitors, finishing in 17 minutes, 13 seconds flat. Acosta was 88th, in a time of 17:57.
Kevin Baez of Vanderbilt Industrial School finished first in boys 3A in a time of 15:29.98.