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CROSS COUNTRY: Odessa High anticipates test out west

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Amber Suarez

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 11:12 pm

Odessa High School’s boys and cross country teams think they accomplish some big goals this season.

That’s one reason why they can’t wait to run today against some of the best in the state at the Clint ISD & Horizon 2013 Coaching Legends meet at Emerald Springs Golf Course in Horizon City.

Every team from the El Paso area — including many who will contend for trips to the UIL State Championships — is scheduled to compete at the meet, which Odessa High’s girls won in 2011.

With about two months of season to run, today’s results certainly won’t dictate what happens in championship meets. But at the very least it will provide a strong test.

“When we go to El Paso, we’ll have a really good idea where we’re at,” OHS boys head coach Randy Thompson said. “We’re above where we were last year. Right now we just have to wait and see.”

The OHS boys team returns five of the seven runners who were 10th out of 24 teams at last year’s Region I-5A Championships in Lubbock.

That group includes senior Jesus Zepeda, a fourth-year varsity runner, along with fellow seniors Jessie Munoz Ray Serrato and Gio Mendoza. Talented sophomore Aaron Ramirez is back for his second season.

“I hope we can make it to state,” Zepeda said. “We’ve been working hard. We always come to practice working hard and just stay up there. Just in our mind, we always talk about state, making to state as a team and being the first team from OHS to do it. Every single day we say that.”

Odessa High’s girls did qualify for state as a team in 2007 for head coach Tracey Borchardt, but now she’s looking for a new group to break through and set a high standard.

The top three teams from the regional meet qualify for state and the Lady Bronchos were 14th a season ago.

Borchardt’s girls squad is headed up by seniors Amber Suarez, Emma Martinez and Ariane Bersoza while junior Haylee Tavarez and sophomore Maritza Hinojos both ran at last year’s regional meet.

“We’re doing great as a team,” Suarez said. “I’m proud of them. They’ve been pushing it and they’re working hard at practice. It’s very exciting to see them all do good.”

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