Quay County Sun - Serving the High Plains

By Thomas Garcia
Staff writer 

Lady Rattler harriers just miss state

More than 130 ran in district meet at Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course.


November 1, 2017

Thomas Garcia

Tucumcari Lady Rattlers cross country runner Sierra Sandoval, right front, tries to stay ahead of a pack of runners during Saturday's district competition at the Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course.

Coaches from six schools expressed enthusiasm over the course, as more than 130 cross country runners took part in the district meet Saturday at the Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course.

The fairways became thruways for the runners of Districts 4,5 and 6, including the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers cross country teams who raced for a chance to compete at state.

"We had a lot of positive feedback about the course," said Gary Hittson, cross country head coach. "Unfortunately we narrowly missed the cut."

Hittson said just four points separated the Lady Rattlers from post season action. He said several runners posted their best times this season.

"They competed against some strong runners, they should be proud of how they did," Hittson said. "I am."

Hittson said the team loses two seniors, Alyssa Martinez, who was lost due to injury mid-season, Kyeli Collins and Sierra Sandoval. He said the team is going to miss the leadership of these athletes. The younger runners have shown great growth and will be ready to step up next season, Hittson added.

"It was a good season, it's sad we didn't make state, all we can do is prepare for next season," said sophomore A'Leyah Lucero.


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