Tribute cross-country meet an overwhelming success

By Beverly Cockrell
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CORRIGAN – When Coach Javier Perez first thought of holding a crosscountry meet in his brothers memory, he never imagined the idea would be embraced by so many.

The launch of the First Edward Pina Invitational CrossCountry Meet held this past Saturday, August 27th, at the

Corrigan Camden Elementary Campus was an over-whelming success. Twelve schools from all over East Texas made the trip to participate in the contest including Jasper, Woden, Garrison, Splendora, Goodrich, Diboll, Pineywoods Academy, Douglass, Warren, Chester, and Colmesneil. Runners were anxious to slosh through the muddy course to test their abilities.

In the varsity men standings, Kade Murray from Piney Woods Community Academy ran an excellent time of 20:52 to take first place beating out Splendoras Richard Woodard and Goodrich's Isiah Garzon. C-CHS's Richard Thomas medaled with a fifth place win.
Carrisa Aponte narrowly beat her teammates to take first

In the varsity ladies race with a time of 17:54. Her Splendora teammates took the rest of the next three spots as well. C-CHS varsity girls placed fourth as a team. Lizel Soto placed 13th, Madison Knight placed 20th, Jaylynn Brannon placed 21st, Tori Tyler placed 29th, and Charisma Mallard placed 33rd.

Colmesneil's Kaleb Powers placed 1st in the junior varsity boys race with a time of 24:51 and Angelica Ochoa of Splendora ran 10:17 to take the junior varsity girls' contest. Alejandra Farfan from C-CHS placed 7th.

The junior high boys contest was won by Chad Watson of
Douglass. The CC Junior High team won fourth place.

Javier Gallegos from C-CHS placed 3rd, Issac Alvarez placed 11th, Christian Aguilar placed 27th, Elijah Vera placed 32nd and Ruger McClain placed 34th.

The junior high girls race was won by Josie Watson of Douglass with a time of 10:17. CC junior high girls medaled with Sierra Poage taking 9th place and Mirsa Acevedo taking 15th place.

Despite the wet course and humidity, a good race was had
By all in a very fitting tribute to Edward Pina, C-CHS
graduate. Pina was a cross- country participant while at

"It is my and my family's dream to continue this meet in
honor and in memory of my brother," commented
Coach Perez.

And from the looks of all the participants and the crowds, the meet got off to a fabulous start.
The next meet will be this Saturday, September 3 at