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  • “Let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus on whom our faith depends.” – Hebrews 12:1, 2



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Both Teams got off to a good start to the season after the Hurricane layoff. Varsity Boys finished 9th in a very good field and the Varsity Girls were 6th. Efrain Lira was 6th against some of the best 6A competition in the State while Mariela Guerrero was 10th and Emika Sorenson was 14th in the girls race. The JV Boys were 10th and JV Girls 6th. Our Freshman Boys did not have a full team but competed well. Eian Bracken was the top finisher in 22nd place.



The Willis Cross Country Team hosted 18 teams at the WildKat Invitational on Thursday and had great results!

The Varsity Boys finished 2nd to top rated College Park. Junior Efrain Lira finished 6th with a time of 16:18 over the grueling 5 kilometer course. Also placing in the top 20 out of 100 runners was Junior Jaime Vega placing 15th with a time of 17:12 and Sophomore Carlos Barcenas in 17th with a time of 17:24. It was a good improvement for the team!
In the Varsity Girls the LadyKats finished 7th out of 12 teams. Junior Emika Sorenson led the team  by placing 12th against some great competition. Junior Mariela Guerrero was close behind in 19th place. 
In the JV competition D'Angelo Rojero was top finisher for the WildKats placing 16th followed by Sophomore Shane Abernathy in 20th. The team placed 5th. In the Girls race Freshman Julianna Garcia placed 61st out of 206 girls to lead the team to a 10th place finish! 
In the Freshman Boys race Braden Kurtz finished 20th showing good improvement and a strong finish.
Purple Shoe Awards: Emika Sorenson and Olivia Bean; Brian Topping and D'Angelo Rojero!
The Willis Cross Country Team traveled to Texas A&M for a big meet on the Watts Cross Country Course in College Station. There were many top rated 6A teams at the meet.
The WildKats finished 17th out of 41 teams. They were the 2nd 5A Team just 14 points behind College Station. Efrain Lira led the team with a 36th place finish. Klein HS won the boys race. The LadyKats finished 18th out of 38 teams. They were the 4th 5A Team. Mariela Guerrero led the team with a 37th place finish. Stratford won the girls race. Purple shoe awards went to Dakota Douglas and Kaitlyn Drewniok for their improvement and effort. 


Boys and Girls Varsity finished 2nd behind Klein in the 14 team field!! JV Boys and Girls 4th!! Both Teams improved as we get closer to the District Meet next week! Efrain Lira broke the 16minute mark for the first time in placing 5th! Jaime Vega showed good improvement as he placed 8th. Carlos Barcenas also improved his time with a 10th place finish. Kebin Guerrero ran a great race to place 15th! Dillon Douglas, Tim Coger, and Brian Topping finished out the scoring for the WildKats in 32nd, 34th, and 39th place. All improved their times! Mariela Guerrero, Emika Sorenson and Chloe York finished in the top 15 and led the LadyKats. All ran season best times! Olivia Bean, Daisy Koenig, Julianna Garcia,Abbie Lopez  and Celina Lira ran season best times as well! Purple Shoe Awards: Julianna Garcia and Celina Lira; Jaime Vega and Evan Harper!

KLEIN TUNEUP - 10/7/17

In their last race before District Boys Varsity finished 2nd out of 15 teams!! Because of a bus mishap the Girls missed the varsity race but finished 3rd in the JV Race! Good efforts by all our runners at a shorter distance! Efrain Lira finished a close 2nd in the 2mile race while Carlos Barcenas was 8th, CJ Mixon ran his best race to finish 13th, Kebin Guerrero was 18th, Dillon Douglas was 38th, Brian Topping 66th, and Dekota Douglas was 87th. Mariela Guerrero ran a great race to place 3rd, Emika Sorenson also ran well in 5th, Chloe York was 10th, Julianna Garcia 33rd, Lily Atkinson 34th, Celina Lira 57th, Abbie Lopez 70th, Mariztha Vega 78th and Jasmine Gonzales 161st.

For the JV Boys they were led by Dalton Argabright who finshed 8th, Ramon Garcia ran a great race to finish 42nd, Braden Kurtz was 59th, Tucker Thompson 88th and Evan Harper 106th. 

Purple Shoe Awards: Mariela Guerrero and Lily Atkinson; CJ Mixon and Ramon Garcia!


DISTRICT MEET - 10/12/17

The Boys CC Team are District Champs!!! First title since 2011! Led by individual champion Efrain Lira the WildKats put up an impressive team score to dominate the race! Efrain also ran a new record for the 5k course at Misty Meadows Girl Scout Camp. Carlos Barcenas finished 4th with a personal record, Jaime Vega was 6th, CJ Mixon was 11th, Kebin Guerrero was 13th with a personal record, Tim Coger was 19th with a big personal record, Dillon Douglas also ran a personal record to place 41st. 

On the Girls side the LadyKats finished 5th in a very good field of teams. They were led by Mariela Guerrero who qualified for Regionals with a 9th place in one of the best girls Districts in the State! She ran a personal record in the process. Emika Sorenson just missed qualifying in placing 12th. She ran her best time of the season. Chloe York finished her senior CC season with a great effort to place 21st. Senior Tiffany Cherry finished 34th with a big personal record, Junior Olivia Bean ran her best season time to place 41st, Junior Daisy Koenig also got a pr placing 43rd, and Freshman Julianna Garcia finished 47th with a big pr! It was a great effort by our LadyKats!
In the JV Boys race Dekota Douglas won the race going away! The Boys Jv finished 2nd. For the JV girls Kaitlyn Drewniok finished 6th to lead the girls to a 4th place finish.
Purple Shoe Awards to Boys: Efrain Lira and Dekota Douglas and Girls:  Tiffany Cherry and Mariztha Vega
We are proud of all their efforts and hard work! 
 A big thanks to the Willis Band who did a great job with the National Anthem! Also, the Willis Training Crew were greatly appreciated! Thanks to Coach Shelly, Coach Lipscomb, Coach Storms, Coach Jackson, Coach Ezar, Coach Hourahan, and anyone else I may have forgotten for all the help in running the meet!  It went very smoothly! 
REGIONAL MEET - 10/23/17 Kate Barr Ross Park, Huntsville
In a hotly contested Regional Meet the Willis Boys CC Team just missed a repeat State Appearance by one place as they finished 5th just 16 points from a State berth! Junior Jaime Vega ran his best race of the season to place 8th and qualify for State individually. Also qualifying individually was Sophomore Carlos Barcenas placing 9th and Junior Efrain Lira who placed 13th. In the girls race Mariela Guerrero finished 9th to qualify for State! 
STATE MEET - 11/4/17 Old Settlers Park, Round Rock
Junior Efrain Lira became only the 3rd Willis boy to garner All-State honors by placing 12th at the State Meet!! He ran a great race from start to finish! Junior Jaime Vega finished 44th and Sophomore Carlos Barcenas finished 70th. Junior Mariela Guerrero fought through a leg injury to place 110th in the State girls race.
Congrats to our State Runnin' Kats!!





Race day diet - On the morning of the big day, have a light breakfast; a bagel or poptart, fruit, and some water is ideal. Bananas and berries are great! A yogurt with fruit and granola is good. Pancakes, toast, French toast are good in small amounts. Stay away from greasy, fried foods.  Water, deluded Gatorade, low sugar juices are good to wash it down with.

 Before the race, staying hydrated is most important. Drink some fluids every 20 minutes. Try to get about 25 grams of carbohydrates 60 minutes before you run and stick with a sports drink or easily digested foods like sports bars or gels, bananas. Eat something you have tried before. Try to keep things as normal as possible. Everyone's stomach reacts differently to different foods, and a race is not the best time to discover that a new sports bar doesn't agree with you.





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