BY EASTON LEONARD –
The Cossatot River High School Cross Country team has kicked off their 2017 season, and looks to succeed during Coach Blake Alexander’s second year.
Coach Alexander was pleased with his first year, as the senior boys placed District Runner-Up. However, the girls team did not have enough competitors to compete in the post-season meets.
When asked about his expectations for this year’s team he said, “We hope to compete for a District Championship, and finish within Top Five in the state”.
Coach Alexander says to “keep an eye out” for Ruben Trinidad, Alexis Brito, and Brandon Marrufo as standouts on this year’s squad.
Cossatot started their season with a meet at Magazine last Thursday, September 14th, and will continue the season at Acorn, Tuesday, September 26th, at Mena, Tuesday, October 3rd, and at Magazine again on Tuesday, October 10th. Additional meets may also be added to the schedule.
The district meet is expected to be at Bismark, but official time and place has not yet been determined. The State Meet will be hosted in Hot Springs on Friday, November 3rd.
The Boys Cross-Country Team includes: Seniors – Hector Hernandez, Sebastian Medina, and Daniel Zuniga. Juniors – Brandon Marrufo and Miguel Ortiz. Sophomores – Sixto Aquilar, Alexis Brito, Manuel Esquivel, Jordy Roldan, and Ruben Trinidad. Freshman – Christian Alarcon, Daniel Alarcon, Justin Frachiseur, Raul Gutierrez, Enrique Loredo, Koty Martin, Eduardo Maya, Dalton McKenzie, and Alex Perez. 8th Grader – Victor Trinidad. 7th Grader – Ricardo Esquivel.
The Girls Cross-Country Team includes: Senior – Justine Smith. Junior – Katya Gonzalez. Sophomores – Lizbet Delgado and Esperanza Ortiz. Freshman – Brenci Marrufo. 8th Graders – Laura Flores, Josey Johnston, Labrayla Robb, and Rendi Warren.