The RHHS Wildcat boys and girls cross country teams kicked off their season with a bang last Wednesday.
The girls nabbed first place while the boys came in fourth during a home meet.
The top seven Wildcat runners placed second through eighth overall. Amazingly, all of these dedicated young women finished within just over a minute of each other. Freshman Lindsey Vasher paced the ‘Cats clocking an unofficial 24:35 on the grueling course in nearly 90 degree temperature. She was followed by senior Lauren Hall, 24:47; freshman Alana Gonzales, 25:11; junior Katie Berry, 25:18; freshman Caitlin Uhlig, 25:27, and senior Azea Mustafa, 25:51. Junior Gloriali Alejandro, the number one runner from last year’s team, is recovering from an injury and will be ready to race soon.
Head coach Jimmy Hires has led the Lady Wildcats to a cross country region championship the last two years and this opening meet shows potential for history to repeat itself.
"The girls definitely have a shot at the region title this year," said Hires. "The boys have a way to go, but there’s a lot of potential there as well."
The first place opening victory was done without last year’s top girls’ runner Glorili Alejandro, who sat on the sidelines due to a hip injury. Hires anticipates her return at the next meet.