A quintet of runners have been getting up with the chickens for a couple of weeks now.
Yes, it's cross country time once again, and Jacksonville head boy's cross country coach Randy Hammontree reports that although his squad is small in number, the five are big on heart and effort, as they prepare for their first meet of the season (Aug. 31, Hallsville Meet, at Lear Park, Longview).
Leading the way, according to Hammontree is Jerry Romano, a junior.
“Jerry made it to regionals last year and I'm expecting him to do well again this year,” Hammontree said.
Another young man that has caught Hammontree's eye is junior Emilio Chavira.
“He (Chavira) has good running form and is responding to the practices in a positive manner,” Hammontree said.
Another Tribesman that could be in contention for a regional berth is Jonathan Garcia, a sophomore.
“Jonathan brings in a world of potential and with a good season I am expecting that he could advance to regionals,” Hammontree stated.
Rounding out the team are two 10-graders, Jose Padron and Jorge Rios.
Padron and Rios will be running cross country for the first time this fall.
Highlighting the six regular season meets for Jacksonville will be the Tribe Meet on Oct. 12.
Two weeks afterwards JHS will serve as the location for the District 16-4A Meet.