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The girls cross country team finished their season earlier than they had hoped.

The goal for the team this year was to make it to regionals in Lubbock and although it was not met, there was still growth within the team. The team has become closer, along with the new additions.

“My favorite memory was when we went to Lubbock and that kind of made me realize, cross country’s a family now,” junior Destiny Castaneda said.

Senior Amy Lam said in the past, a lot of people were scared to join the team. Now, they have returning runners for next season.

“I know it’s hard and I’ve been there,” Lam said. ”If you’re moved up to varsity, don’t freak out because honestly, they’re going to help you as you’re helping them.”

For Lam, it’s her last year here, but she is proud of team trying their best and working hard. She hopes that the team continues to do some things next year.

“Work hard and make it towards regionals, maybe even state,” Lam said. “And don’t give up and don’t forget me.”

This season practice started late sometimes giving the team a short time to do anything. But they have plan in place to fix this issue next year.

“One of the things we could’ve done as a team better is when we started practice, had everybody show up together,” head coach David Hill said. “When we started, we had two or three and then over the course of time we actually completed our team.”

One of the season’s star runners was freshman Alejandra Flores along with Castaneda and Lam.

“I thought it was going to be simpler practices, but they were actually a lot harder,” Flores said. “I think I made new friends, that I didn’t think I was gonna make because I thought I would be more isolated. It was pretty good because they helped me a lot with some tips.”

Throughout the season they all had struggles, but were still able to bring out what they could when they ran.

“Well it didn’t hit me that it was going to be my last year running, until I was at district,” Lam said. “It didn’t go as expected but you know, I just don’t regret it.”

Gloria Garcia

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