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XC runs at State Meet

The Jeff Davis cross country teams competed at the GHSA State Cross Country Championships in Carrollton Saturday.
The team traveled to Carrollton Friday and watched the boys and girls 1A Division 2 races. Afterwards the team got a quick run on the Carrollton Greenbelt and finished a short workout on the Carrollton campus before checking into the hotel. Friday night the team had their traditional meal together then their final team meeting before the big race Saturday.
Saturday, the team arrived in Carrollton early to prepare for their races. The team got to watch the 7A races before beginning their warmups. Watching the 7A boys and girls race gave the runners inspiration for their races. As the JD squads moved to the start line for their races you could tell they were focused on the task at hand.
In the boys race, Pierce Parlor finished 19th overall and led the team to a fifth place finish just missing the podium. Josue Avila (34th), Mario Franco (37th), Gael Valora (40th), Konnor Munsayac (45th), Joseluis Mendoza (48th), and Kevin Vega (72nd) rounded out the scoring. Despite the team running very well and almost 40 seconds faster than last year, it was not enough to propel the team onto the podium. The 18:15 average that the team ran this year would have won the state meet last year. The depth and improvement of 2A this year has been tremendous. This was the deepest and most competitive state race that the teams participated in since the program started in 2015.
In the girls race, Ali Lewis (25th) moved ahead of Rebecca Lopez (31st) and Ellie Kate Marchant (32nd) with approximately 400 meters left to lead the Lady Jackets. Aurie Taylor (50th), Lily Relihan (69th), Mayrani Trejo (75th), and Christina Wilcox (82nd) rounded out the scoring. This was the first state race for Taylor, Trejo, and Wilcox.
Much like the boys team, the girls ran a 42 second faster team average than last year but the improvement was not enough to get the team onto the podium, as the team finished in 6th place, one spot better than 2022. The depth of the girls race was similar to the boys race as well. This year’s top two teams were slower than the state champion and state runner-up but after that most teams averaged between 30 and 45 seconds faster than the 2022 season.
Despite falling short of their goal the coaching staff is extremely proud of both teams. The 2022 team motto was “Finish On Empty.” Both the boys and girls embodied that motto and competed extremely hard all season long, learning along the way how to “Finish on Empty.”

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