Rattler cross country team comes back into play

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

The Rattler cross country team will compete today at 8:30 a.m. in the East Mountain small school Invite at Sandia.

There hasn’t been a cross country team in Tucumcari since the 2003-2004 school year. Coach Gary Hittson has twelve runners on the team this year.

The Rattlers have attended two invites one in Clovis on Sept. 16 and the second on Sept. 23 at Robertson in Las Vegas. Senior Theresa Chacon placed 12th at the Robertson invite and Junior Kenton Perkins placed 11th at the Las Vegas invite.

Chacon said, “We started practicing late this year. We were worried that there wouldn’t be enough runners to start a team. But we are doing better despite our late start.”

Perkins said, “We have been running against larger schools. We are looking forward to the invite today. We will be running against schools our size.”