As a sophomore last year Romano came in sixth place and earned a trip to regionals.
Romano said that he felt that he benefitted from having trained over the course, which has undergone some tweaks since the last district meet was run at the high school in 2011.
“There were some changes made to some of the hills out in the back and you think it looks easy until you hit it and if you are not prepared for it you can be fooled,” Romano said. “Having traveled over the course some definitely made things easier.”
Hammontree stated that Romano's success last year carried over to this fall and that he hopes the strides that Indian cross country made this year will pave the way to even bigger and better things next season.
“Jerry (Romano) was our lone runner last year and he finished sixth and went to regionals,” Hammontree explained. “I told him then that his accomplishment would make more guys take an interest to cross country and be a part of that this year and that's exactly what happened.”
As the old saying goes, success often breeds success.
Other top-10 performers for Jacksonville were Pedro Mireles who came in fourth in a time of 17:43 and Braulio Garcia (7th, 18:14.)
Jonathan Garcia took 15th place and finished up with an 18:41.
Completing things for the Tribe was Emillo Chavira (24th, 19:40).
A total of 34 boys competed in the race.
2013 District 16-4A Varsity Boys Cross Country Standings