Local, area runners set for regional meet
Oct. 28, 2016 at 9:27 p.m.
Ever since he was a freshman, Robert Mejia has been running for the Victoria West Warriors. Since then, Mejia has become a vital leader on the team.
Mejia, a junior, qualified for the Region IV meet Saturday at the Islander Cross Country Course at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"He's a leader," said West coach Gabe Rojas. "He works hard each and every day, and what separates him is that he truly enjoys the sport and loves it."
Teammates Yori Caldera and Graham Lemmons will join Mejia Saturday in hopes of qualifying for the state meet.
"It's not just Robert," Rojas said. "It's Graham and Lori. It's everyone who has pushed each other in order to reach our goal, and that's a state meet."
The top four and top 10 individuals (not already on advancing teams) qualify for state.
Victoria East junior Ben Biles made history when he qualified for Saturday's meet.
Biles became the first runner for the East boys to qualify for regionals in the school's seven-year history.
Other area runners who qualified for the regional meet were Industrial's Kevin Baez and Leonardo Baez, who finished first and second place, respectively, in the District 28-3A meet.
Joining the brothers are Natalie Boldt, Cheyenne Burton, Lauren Charron, Lucero Gonzalez, Tia Hart, Sasha Salazar, Joy Schroeder, Caeli Taylor, Hayden Daughtrey, Daniel Gonzales, Jaron Hayden, Robert Sanchez, Daniel Stout and Tyler Warzecha.
"I'm very proud of them, said Industrial coach Robert Elkins. "It's not every day that a school has a full team heading to to regionals."
The Cobras will send all of their runners to regionals for the ninth time in 10 years.
"I told them to, 'Do their best and strive to achieve your own personal goal,'" he added. "If we do that, good things will happen."
The Calhoun boys and girls teams qualified for regionals with Remi Parker, Kara Smith, McKayla Cortez and Chris Benavides qualifying as individuals.
Edna's Corey Cunningham and Holden Alegria, and Palacios' Tyler Le and Timothy Kessler also qualified.
Cuero's Will Green qualified from District 30-4A, while Beeville's Marco Escamilla, Ryan Garcia and Dylan Zertuche will also compete.
The state meet will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Old Settler Park in Round Rock.
Victoria West: Yori Caldera, Victoria West
Calhoun: Remi Parker, Kara Smith, McKayla Cortez, Gabrielle Anderson, McKayla Cortez, Marie Hisquierdo, Mariel Moreno, Jasmine Ornelas, Cailyn Padilla, Kara Smith
Austwell-Tivoli: Cecilia Diaz, Madison Countryman, Analiese Harcia, Lia Hernandez, Jasmine Ruiz
Beeville: Natalie Rivas, Beeville
Industrial: Lucero Gonzalez, Cheyenne Burton, Caeli Taylor, Sasha Salazar, Joy Schroeder, Caeli Taylor, Tia Hart
Edna: Bailey Kirk, Fatima Cruces
El Campo: Celeste Herrera, Leslie Herrera, Mikaila Klimple, Ana Lopez, Melanie Martinez, Sierra Rodriguez, Amber Thurmond,
Cesila Trejo, Taylor King
Flatonia: Riley Beck, Chelsea Branecky, Kayla Deulen, Jacqueline Netro, Leilani Netro, Yasmin Olivares, LillieAnne Steinhauser, Gisela Torres
Ganado: Reyna Gonzales, Layla Ledwig, Alexis Mojica, Chelsea Rohrman, Sierra Salazar, Delaney Skoruppa, Emma Sulak, Meagan Williams
Goliad: Alexis Alvarez, Andrea DeLaGarza, Jalyn Garcia, Kaylee Garcia, Michala Janssen, Bella Livas, Emily Von Dohlen, Ellie Albrecht
Gonzales: Madison Blundell, Krystalynn Buesing, Romy Cantuu, Maura Garcia, Michaela Garcia, Haley Garza, Maraia Mathis, Emily Moreno, Veronica Moreno, Hannah Rowland
Hallettsville: Corinne Pruett
Karnes City: Rebecca Banduch, Danielle Cox, Abigail Franke, Lily Gotthardt, Alexia Kotara, Ashley Reyes, Hannah Rhodes, Cydney Rodriguez, Meranda Segura
Louise: Jennifer Garcia
Moulton: Erin Blaschke, Argelia Colchado, Janeth Colchado, Christina Fojtik, Lilee Jahn, Mercedes Manzano, TristanMeisetschleager, Mandi Mitchon, Olivia Tesch, Macy Zidek
Palacios: Guadalupe Mancera, Lizabeth Guillen, Gabriella Figirova, Lizbeth Guillen,
Meylynn Le, Guadalupe Mancera, Maria Serrato, Tasha Turner
Shiner: Kaitlynn Cowan, Berence Cruz, Lillian Egan, Greta Grosenbacher, Jamie Jalufka, Brooke Kloesel, Krystal Lauer, Faith Wagner
Tidehaven: Anisa Cornett
Weimar: Katie Christen, Molly Wick
Waelder: Tracy Moore
Yoakum: Ella Coleman, Clara Cooper, Kelcey Cooper, Kailee Knezek, Gabby Moreno, Jayla Morris, April Novosad, Angelica Pena
Victoria East: Ben Biles
Victoria West: Robert Mejia, Graham Lemmons
Austwell-Tivoli: AnthonyMisener, Ian Brewer, Jason Wollam, Michael Misener
Bay City: ArturoArellano, Zane Havel, Alejandro Murillo, Gabriel Vargas, Ramiro Vera, Alexander Villarreal
Beeville: MarcoEscamilla, Ryan Garcia, Dylan Zertuche, Eyan Kelly, Peter Pint, Dylan Zertuche
Bloomington: MarioAlvarez, Ruben Perez, Hugo Rocha, Nate Salinas, Christian Thompson
Calhoun: Chris Benavides, Remington Parker, Chris Benavides, Zach Conde, Chase Garcia, Tag Martin, Jacob Nasternak, Jacob Pfeil, Cesar Pina, Kevin Resendiz, Ian Sanchez, Marcus Wilson
Edna: Humberto Luna, Corey Cunningham, Holden Alegria, Fatima Cruces, Bailey Kirk, Holden Alegria, Corey Cunningham
Flatonia: Christopher Olmos, Lucas Herrera, Joshua Medina, Juan Netro, Antonio Olmos, Lucio Rodriguez, Matthew Rowell, Daniel Willis
Gonzales: SesarAlmaguer, Juarez Brayan, Fabian Cardoza, Antonio Hernandez, Juan Jordan, Angel Pizano, Keisey Ramirez, Suriel Rangel, Anthony Veliz, Tyler Vierig
Industrial: Kevin Baez, Leonardo Baez, Daniel Gonzales, Hayden Daughtrey, Jaron Hayden, Robert Sanchez, Daniel Stout, Tyler Warzecha
Karnes City: MaxTrevino
Moulton: CandidoBarbosa, Irineo Barbosa, Matthew Berckenhoff, Conor Blahuta, Ryan DeHoyos, Anthony Guzman, Braden Kram,
Atley Pilat, John Wenske, Scott Wenske
Palacios: MiguelGutierrez, TylerLe, Timothy Kessler, Eric Cerda, David Cruz, Thomas Garcia, Miguel Gutierrez, Hector Hernandez,
Shiner: HectorCruz, Mason Davis, Tyler Hoy, Noah Matthews, Aidan Seibert,
Sinton: Joseph Mejias
Weimer: ErikArvizu, Zergio Davalos, Julio Jimenez, Reed Renner, Aldo Rodriguez, Daniel Rodriguez, Drey Rosas, Andre Taylor, Woodsboro: Tristan Briseo, Jarvis Chappell, Roberto Esparza, Tyler Foster, John Hernandez, Anthony Mayes, Logan Scrimpsher
Yoakum: RyanBrewer, Bryan Hurtado, Jonathan Medina, Jammie Molina, David Oviedo, Payton Quinney, Justin Ramirez, Chris Sabino