11 men, 4 women to run for JC cross country

Laura Luna, a graduate of Jacksonville High School, will be one of four women who will make up the Lady Jaguar Cross Country team this fall. The school's first meet is set for Aug. 30 (LeTourneau University-Nicole Leman Invitational).

A robust group of 11 men will comprise the Jacksonville College men's cross country team this fall, while the Lady Jaguars' squad will contain four women.

Jacksonville College head cross country coach Kirby Sheperd released the rosters last week.

Eight freshmen and three sophomores will be wearing the Purple and White.

JC sophomores include Cristian Garzon (Goodrich), Sean O'Connell (Beaumont, Monsignor Kelly High School) and Lorenzo Antonio Chavez, a transfer from Texas A&M Commerce (NCAA, Division II). Chavez prepped at Center High School.

Running collegiatly for the first time will be Grant Attaway (Palestine High School), Randy Canady (Groesbeck), Joshua Franklin (Centerville), Jose Garza (Pollok Central), Isiah Garzon (Goodrich), Wesley Rogers (Malakoff, Cross Roads High School), Trevor Turner (Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School) and Jonathon Watson (Slocum, Elkhart High School).

The Lady Jags return Cristal Castillo (Mesquite, North Mesquite), Brandy Guerrero (Pollok Central) and Karen Torres (New Summerfield) from last season.

Laura Luna, a product of Jacksonville High School, is the team's lone freshman.

Assisting Sheperd this season will be assistant coach Jacob Rowland from Quitman.

Rowland is a former Jag cross country standout.

“I feel Jacob will be a huge help to the program and to Jacksonville College,” Sheperd said.

JC's season is scheduled to get under way on Aug. 30 when the Jags and Lady Jags travel to Longview for the LeTourneau University-Nicole Leman Invitational.

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