NEW SUMMERFIELD —
If there was such thing as a home course advantage in cross country teams from New Summerfield High School certainly seemed to have it Wednesday morning when the Hornet varsity squad captured the District 21-A Cross Country championship for the second-consecutive year and the Lady Hornets earned a trip to the regional meet in Humble (Nov. 2) by earning third place in the varsity girls' team standings.
And, lets not overlook the school's junior varsity squads as both the boys and the girls won their respective team titles as well.
The conference's season-ending distance events took place at the New Summerfield Athletic Complex under clear and crisp conditions.
New Summerfield head coach Kent Willis said that he has really believed in his runners all along.
“The boys were the favorites, so it was expected for them to do well, and I knew that our girls would qualify for regionals too; I may have been the only one that felt that way, but I really expected them to do well and they did," Willis said.
Willis said the girl's success boiled down to one thing.
“I think our girls were really motivated,” he said. “They have seen the success that our boys have had and they want to do well, too, and they have been determined to improve this season.”
New Summerfield's Francisco Parra, a junior, survived a nasty fall in the second mile to win the gold medal in a time of 16:31.7 — Levi Enloe of Martinsville took second and was clocked in 17:36.1.
Parra said that he took the lead for good nearing the first mile mark and that he was able to break away from the field, so when he fell he wasn't worried that the fall would compromise his chances as repeating as district champion.